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I'm going on a visit!

 Visit.


Did you know that next week I get to visit another country.  I've been there before this country.
Three and a half years of Bible College...getting a double major in Bible and Education, with a minor in social work.   I got to know Grand Rapids fairly well and drove through Michigan a lot. 

I also drove through a lot of the states when I was a teen heading off with Missions Outreach Int'l going to Haiti to help build a church.

In my married life I've been to Port Huron to pick up parcels. Turns into a nice day out with my sweetheart.

But this week coming...I'm going to visit Pennsylvania.  Going to do some history walking and sight seeing with my lovely 11 year old boy.  :)  Should be a good time.  Dad will be with us part of the week, but mostly he'll be hanging out at a conference.

AND while I am visiting the USofA, two members of the crew hope to visit with us.   Pretty cool eh?

and THAT's all I have in me this week for .. VISIT!


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This is a five minute Friday post. the word prompt is brought to us by Miss KateWhat is Five Minute Friday?  Well it's a party of a group of like minded folks who gather on Friday to do a five minute free write around a singular word.  AND THEN (and this is the most important part) we take the time to offer up encouragement to each other on this writing journey.  It's fun, though it's not always easy, but it is always good.   Come join us won't you?  You are always welcome.

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Parenting Series: Inability


Parenting is hard work you know?   REALLY hard work.   It's hard to balance out my needs, my hubby's needs AND the needs of my offspring.   It's outstanding the needs that have to be balanced and something will fall short.... guaranteed.

And that's not a bad thing you know?

It's shows our weakness, our frailty, our need for Christ's redemptive work in our lives...not just in the lives of our children...but in the lives of us the parents!   It's essential to be aware of that.

Our weakness is a good thing.

Sometimes though it's hard to recognize our weaknesses.  

Did you know that many parents use three ways to help train their children?
1. Fear.  Like when you threaten to ground your child for months, or when you threaten to remove a bed from a child with a perpetually messy bed.   Fear promotes external change, not heart and attitude change.  It's "act so that the bad thing doesn't happen" not because their heart leads them to act in a better manner.

2. Reward.   Do this ______ and I will give you _______.   Again, promotes external change but doesn't really promote heart change.  Promotes the cost analysis factor in children.  If the reward for x is this, then if I want y what is the least I can do to gain it?

3. Shame.  "how could you"  "I never would have dreamed of..."  Using your past or exaggerating a present to make the child feel bad about what they do.  Causes your child to feel shame by association to you.

All these methods do have their moments of effectiveness....but they don't really change the heart.  
And we CAN"T change the hearts of our children.
Therein lies our weakness.

We can't change the hearts of our children, all we can do is call out to God for help.  To give us insight into the hearts and minds of our children so we can guide them into the future of loving God and being led by him.

We need to recognize this truth "Because as parents we serve a gloriously loving and powerful Redeemer.  He loves our children infinitely more than we do and as evidence of that love, he has placed them in a family of  faith where the story of his love will be heard again and again.  He has the power beyond our ability to understand.... In grace he will never turn his back on your cries as a parent and on your children's cries as they reach out for him.  He delights in love.  He delights in reconciliation.   He delights in repentance and change.   He delights in showering his power down on his children to do for them what is his will, but what they cannot do for themselves."  p.69.

In the end we have to realize, that even if we don't have all the answers, even if we get things wrong, we don't have to fret!   If we turn to God and lean on him, he'll help us through it.  He's got our backs.  He wants what is best for us and for our children.   He is the only one with the power to make a difference.

Therein, lies his grace.

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I was talking with my lad today about this chapter.   Because it makes sense right?  That it's not up to me to change his heart...that I can do things to hopefully influence his thought processes, but it's not up to me to change him, to cause him to all the more seek after God's own heart.    When I said "Lad, if I raise my voice at you...does it change your behaviour in your heart?  OR does it just make you want to stop doing what you are doing at the moment?   Does it change what you do in the future?"   He honestly didn't know, but I could see the wheels turning in his brain.  :)   It's good to talk about these things with a growing boy, to help him see my need for God's grace even as I parent him.

Want to follow along?
Amazon.ca - Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Amazon.com - Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

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Art Series: Mom & Me

Do you have a desire to connect with your child in a fun, non-threatening way?  A desire to go beyond the "nothing" and "stuff" when you ask what your child did at school or an event?  Lacy Mucklow has  produced a book intended to help you out.  Draw out the conversation as you do an art journal together.

 I opened this lovely art journal and it immediately brought me back to the days when my son and I were having fun doing art with an art prompt book.

We'd search out an art prompt ... such as  "tree house" and we'd sit down and draw whatever popped into our brain about what a tree house would be like.   We had so much fun coming up with ideas, drawing and just talking to each other. Each doing our own thing, but spending time together talking and laughing as we did an art project together.

THAT is exactly what this mom and me art journal is supposed to.   Instead of looking up art prompts in a book and then using our own art papers. we can just use this journal.  A perfect time for a mom and child to chatter away with each other.

You have to check out some of these pages.  They are really quite nice.

The pages follow different styles: from shapes to fill out, to large blocky shapes, to full pages.   Each two page sets is unique from all others in this book. Printed on a nice thick paper so you can colour or draw in whatever way the prompt moves you to do so. 
Author Lacy Mucklow (MA. ATR-BC, LPAT, LCPAT) is a registered, board certified, and licensed art therapist who has been practicing art therapy in the Washington, DC area since 1999. She has experience working with a variety of mental health populations and settings, including schools, home-based counseling, and hospitals with adolescents, families, and adults. Lacy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University.

She wants moms and their children to connect with each other in a meaningful way. So she has intentionally included feelings like happy, sad, angry.  She covers topics like family and friends, heros, and imagination.   Hopes and dreams are always fun to discuss together.. drawing whatever you feel inspired to do, knowing that there is no right or wrong, just a responding to a prompt and chatting as you do so.   It is good yes?

One of the things I like in this book is the word prompts aren't just single words or ideas.
Do you see how this would be different for every person?   How it could provide excellent talking points?  The scene is set...how will you respond?   What is your happiness point?

128 pages of colouring, drawing, filling in fun while having a grand 'ole time with each other.  It would be great to display them as works of art, but also good to just keep as a keepsake to look back upon.

Illustrator Bethany Robertson has done an excellent job of bringing details into each page while allowing room for creative expression.



Bethany Robertson is an illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Master’s of Fine Arts from Rutgers University and a Master’s of Science in Art Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bethany enjoys drawing, pizza, flowers, ice cream, and the beach.

The only concern I have is this:
My son and I like elbow room when we draw.  Trying to share a book and both draw a picture at the same time would drive us batty.  :)  Therefore I wish the pages were perforated and one sided so I could pull them out and work with lots of space around me.  That way the lad and I could do what we like.  Sit side by side with a good foot between us, or sit opposite each other so we can surprise each other when we're done (after all the hints and clues we give .. guessing with clues is fun.. especially with art). 


Mom and Me - An art Journal to Share.
Author: Lacy Mucklow
Illustrator: Bethany Robertson
Pages: 128
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Format: Trade Paperback
Reviewed for: The Quarto Group
Series: A Side-by-side book



Where can you find it?
Amazon.ca - Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share: Create and Connect Side by Side

Amazon.com - Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share: Create and Connect Side by Side (A Side-by-Side Book)


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Recipe: Easy Meatloaf

Tonight hubby made supper, he was all.. hmm.. I don't know what to make so I suggested meatloaf and he agreed it was a great idea. :) He found this recipe and modified as per some of the suggestions in the comments. 



Ingredients

900 grams (almost two pounds) ground beef
2 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup dried bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1.5 tbsp of worchestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
3 tsp Minced garlic 

2 tablespoons brown sugar
A good squirt of ketchup and yellow mustard

Sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese on top

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, milk, worchestershire sauce and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.   Fry up the onion and garlic together, add to the meat mixture.
Place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan.
In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.

Results:
Everyone loved it and said "Dad should make this again".  :)
We served with mashed potatoes and peas. 

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Blogging the Alphabet: S is for Skating

Welcome to week S of blogging through the alphabet.  So glad that you can join Amanda and I.  I do hope you will join us by hopping in with a comment or blog post.  :)

Skating.     It's a part of life when you live in Canada.  When you have snow and cold and frozen water.. why not enjoy it eh?   We're aren't big into ice fishing, and I grew up skating on the family pond, so teaching our lad to skate seems a natural thing to do.

My hubby likes to skate as well so, he learned to skate. :)


 We started off using a skating aid.  I cannot tell you how much we liked this aid.  So many of the other ones we saw were these big bulky things that would never have fit in our car without be completely disassembled.  This one folded down flat and we could take it ANYWHERE.   The local park to skate on the small pad, the pond to skate on the hard frozen ice, the bigger city to skate on outdoor rink and also to local town arenas to join in the mom/tot/senior skate times.  It was GREAT.    



As time went on the lad learned to skate with just holding my hand.  I have to admit, I LOVE skating with my lad.  Even if he pulls me a bit off center (and I am NOT the world's best skater).   But we could skate together and ....

 He learned how to fall.  and then how to get up.    First one leg up, then the other.   We started with using mom as an aid, but now he can do it all on his own.     He skated, but he often complained, "can I stop now, do I have to do this mom?   Skating isn't fun, I don't like it".

Most of the time we chose just skate as a family, but one year to increase his confidence AND his love of skating (I really really wanted to foster that) we  decided to join in with our homeschool group at a group skate every Friday.   It costs more than the free skates we've been doing, but... this has the HUGE added side bonus.   He can skate with friends.  He liked it!  :)


Do you see the happy grin?  The lad no longer thinking...how long MUST I be on the ice.  He now thinks.. do I HAVE to get off?   This is fun skating with friends.

He can stop and talk with other parents and learning skating skills from them (for some reason he listens better to the Dad's saying, hey.. if you do this it works better).  I don't understand it, but I'll certainly take it!


Play tag is so much fun, and it's great to hear "Your boy is skating better Annette".   It is just so good to hear.  He's really seeing that skating IS fun and not just something your folks make you do.


So should you ever be up in our neck of the woods on a fine Winter's day, come join us in skating.  You'll meet a happy lad who actually LIKES skating now.  :)   It's just the finest thing. :)   Though lately, I have to admit, I don't skate much anymore.  I hurt my ankle badly two winters ago while skating and it took me much too long to recover.   I might get brave again next winter though.  :)
I keep wanting to skate on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. 


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Review: The Typing Coach

 Hello!   Today I want to tell you about a typing program the lad and I have been working on for the past few weeks.  You see the lad is currently writing a book called Space Cats and the work goes a bit slower than he wants so he wanted to learn to type faster... he's getting some great typing practice using The Typing Coach Online Typing Course and put together by The Typing Coach

This online audio based typing program for children comes with PDF's to download.  Two ebooks, one that's the manual and the other the workbook.   The manual breaks the keyboard down into different sections with practice sections.  The workbook has the quizzes and tests to take to show proficiency.  The online portion includes an audio component that breaks down the fingering and helps teach accuracy right from the start.




Admittedly we used the audio component in a limited manner.  We liked that it emphasized how to sit properly and how to strike the keys.  Teaching that finger movement was helpful to the lad as he had expressed a curiousity about how I could hit the q and the z so easily. 

The audio had some good basic instructions but we stopped using it because I found my lad arguing with it and talking back to the computer in a less than .... pleasing manner. It provided a talking point as, up until this time, I'd been setting him up and basically letting him work through it. The end result of our talking was this, the lad listened just enough to get the basic instruction but once the basic instruction was over he switched to just practicing and memorizing key placement.   Then I would call out the letters of the row (s) he was working on (thanks Mr. Kimball for the idea) and he would type them OR tell me where the letter was on the keyboard. This made for a much more pleasant learning environment.  It enabled us to cover the part of the audio that he found vexing, while working the program as suggested.

My son is working on memorizing key placement, doing the practice session and, when he is ready, taking the quizzes. He has learned it isn't failing if he has to go back to do more memorizing.  Happy child learning to type.. which is exactly what I want for him.

Would you like to know what the course outline is?   Here it is:


  • Course Introduction
  • Before & After Snapshot
  • Having Good Posture
  • Home Row
  • Top Row
  • Bottom Row
  • Shift Keys
  • Evaluating Your Skills
  • Typing Practices
  • Number Row
  • Serious Practicing
  • Final Assessment
  • Conclusion
 We are not working through the course speedily but I am seeing progress and his confidence being boosted in his typing abilities. I would say that more importantly HE can see that he is making progress and that is the important thing.  The tests that he takes tell him how he is doing and he'll come down and say "MOM!  Guess what!   I got the first top row quiz right!!   I made no mistakes!"


As the tests etc are all done on-line it's admittedly difficult for me to show you some of the lad's completed work but... I can show you the book he's working on.  :)   He types for 20 minutes every day and I find that his daily output is getting longer the more confident he gets.  :)  I can't say he LOVES doing his keyboarding practice to get to this point, but he is starting to see the value.


We have a goal in mind you know.  To learn how to touch type quickly, but until then, the lad has figured out that it doesn't matter how long it takes, as long as he eventually gets there.  He eventually wants to type as fast as his mom does without looking at the board.  It's a good thing that eh?

As Dave says:
As we go through the course, we find the initial learning is done using your computer's word processor but all practices and tests are done in the Typing Coach Practice and Testing Center. It's starts testing from the moment you press down the first key.  All lessons and tests are in a pull up menu.  You just need to input the students name and email and select your item along with a time limit and it sets it all up for you.  You can find the correct time limit in the PDF.
The student knows immediately how they did, and you can get a copy sent to your email immediately.  As you can see, they spell out just what the error was, even if it was too many spaces, or a word spelled incorrectly.    The lad liked the immediate feedback, though occasionally found it frustrating if he accidentally put in one too many spaces and it threw the whole thing off.  But for my accuracy minded lad it made sense to him.  :)

Our Opinions:

It works!   That's the good thing right?   Mr. Kimball works hard to ensure that his students are learning well.  In the end, the lad is seeing progress, I am seeing progress and that makes for a usable, workable program.   Just make it work for you.






Vendor: The Typing Coach
Product: The Typing Coach Online Typing Course
Received: one year subscription to the online course
How many can use: multiple students 
Price: $17 per year

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Canada Book: Our Canadian Flag

Do you want a neat little book to help you understand Canada's Flag better?   Well.. have I got the book for you!


Written by Maxine Trottier and Brian Deines, this picture book brings you the story of the Canadian Flag.  From how the maple tree drew in the hearts of the Canadian people (despite all the other trees around) through the making of the flag and it's approval by the queen. 

This symbol of Canada is flown at important functions, printed on our faces, and endeared to our hearts.   May the leaf fly above our homeland forever!  :)

You will find simple text along with boxes with further information on each two page spread.
The larger font text is simple enough for a child to read.

 Whereas the small text box is geared at adults for increased learning and talking points.
The full colour pictures that illuminate each two page spread will delight the eye of any child or adult viewing them.  It might even inspire some to display a maple leaf in their own way.  :)

But seriously, this is a great book to introduce children to the Flag of Canada.

Where can you get it?
Well you can buy my copy from me for a couple of bucks as we're done with it OR you can go to Amazon.ca for it.  You'll find the link: Our Canadian Flag

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Hymn Study: Seed to Sow


Looking up that Michael W. Smith song the other day reminded me of this song that I thoroughly enjoy listening to. I used to beat out the song when swimming. Hot summer days with music dancing in my head and playing out in the water. Ah.. it was fun and good! But seriously if you think about the words of the song, you will see the church in action. How everyone is different in the church, with different skill sets that make the church what it is. Helping the church to grow, and God's truth to be seen. So many different people to reach with the gospel, and so many different people God can use to help them see the way. Michael W. Smith's video


Lyrics

 (chorus in Lugandan)
Kimu nkimaanyi
Buli muntu alina ensiigo
Omutima gwo gukulung 'aamye
Buli muntu alina ensiigo

Some people quietly reveal
In the manner of the meek
Some people shout the way they feel
To a radical degree
Some people sing it to express
While others hear another call

Some people speak with subtleness
Some don't rely on words at all
But let me tell you 'bout...

(chorus)
One thing I know
Everybody's got a seed to sow
Let your heart of hearts
Take you down the road
Everybody's got a seed to sow

We all are pieces of the whole
With different feelings to evoke
Giving distinction to the role
Different players-different strokes
But let me tell you 'bout...

(chorus)

Some people walk
Some people race
Some people vary in their pace
But God can use what you can give
Within the mystery of His ways
Don't underestimate...

(chorus)

Kimu nkimaanyi
Buli muntu alina ensiigo
Omutima gwo
Gukulung 'aamye
Buli muntu alina ensiigo

African Children's Choir


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Highlights of the Week May 14-20

 In no particular order, some of the highlights of the week

Hubby preached a sermon in this church again.
New roof put up on one of the rabbitry buildings.   I had gone into the rabbitry on Wednesday or Thursday this week to do something and spotted one of my girls panting, so promptly removed the winter covering tarp.  This necessitated a building of a wooden roof.   We've done tarps one them for the past few years, and found last year the tarps were ripping.  This one was the worst so we did it first, I hope to do the other in two weeks.   I put the lattice sides on it last year and it greatly improved airflow which was a good thing.    Good to have the rabbits cooler again. We worked as a family to put it all together... cutting, drilling, moving etc.  busy hard work.  Hubby put up a "thing" to help with taking the bed off the truck as well...that was hard work man...digging post holes...he has way too many blisters.

My buttercups are blooming!!!!
We've been working our way through the human body and we often add videos.  Currently we are on the teeth.  So we watched what the lad said "this was a good video mom, I learned a lot and do a bunch of things wrong".  We totally ignored all the product placement stuff.

Working on our Physics STEM kit.  We learned about plumb lines and the center of gravity.   It was rather neat to teach about how a person's center of gravity changes how they move and how that affects doing things like Karate, adding stability and such like.   Seeing the practical use of science in everyday life was a "wow" moment for the lad and provoked great discussion.
Have you seen my beautiful lilac bush?
Working our way through the Hawaiian Frog from ArtAchieve.  Next week we are going to add colour to him.  Hopefully he'll turn out well, I'm a bit concerned that I made him too small.  The lad wasn't ready for me to take a picture of his rendition.

Anyways, those are the highlights of MY week, what were the highlights of yours?


Reviews
Secrets and Sequences.    A graphic novel with an interesting approach to coding.
Stick it To 'Em.   A fun book teaching about stickers and how to make them.  Sass and Style.
Tournament of Champions.   A Rip and Red basketball story.

Everything Else:
Truth - a five minute Friday word prompt post, a poem.
All are treated the same, sharing the inheritance.   Ezekiel 47 devotional.
Cherry Jello Cheesecake.. mm.. YUM!!!
R is for Raving, Rabid, Rabbits.   An alphabet blogging post. 
Keep Living a Life of Faith.  Ezekiel 47 Devotional. 
Taking your camera to Canada.   A fun book on Canada.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.  A hymn Study.
God's Continued Protection.  Devotional on Ezekiel 46.


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