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I feel like my household is lost to the modernization of today’s lifestyles.  What do I mean?  I mean we are on vacation and that between the tv, video games, laptops, microwaves, ice machines, cell phones, mp3, ipods, itouch, iphones, and more that my children do not live but merely exist.  I have long banned the use of electronics during daytime hours, but my husband allowed the tv to be on during a vacation. Welcome in electronics!    It is horrid.  The kids are sitting on the couch staring at the tv.  They might wonder off for a moment to grab a call on the cell and then wonder back as if a moth to the tv.  I told them that come Monday that the ban would be in place once again but for today, sit and drool.  DH is asleep in front of the tv.  And I am sitting in front of the tv typing on my laptop.  It is horrible how quickly we toss living for existing when we stare at the tv.

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I was doing a little sewing and my DS2 began to question me.  He stared in confusion at the simple gray skirt.  As I explained, he nodded.  I told him that I believed God to be leading me in the direction of plain dressing, so I was preparing some clothes.  He nodded again.  When I had finished explaining, he looked at me with those sweet green eyes and smiled.  “I want to dress plain,” he stated.  His slightly older sister jumped off the couch and began to correct him.  “Oh, no.  You don’t want to do that.”  She then explained why he should not.  Her lists were quite long and well stated.  Yet, he stood firm.  Quietly he answered her with a simple remark, “Yes, I do want to dress plain.”  The look on her face seemed to scream that she would be telling her father that DS2 had lost his mind.  He then softly whispered to DD why she should care if he chose to dress plain.  She answered, “Because you’re my brother and I love you.”  My six year old son turns and places his hands on his narrow hips and softly answers, “Then let me be.” 

I cannot begin to tell you how proud of was of him.  Not because he chose to dress plain but because he followed the leading of his own heart.  God leads each of us to walk our own path, not the path chosen for another, but our own.  I am so proud of my little six year old man-child.

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Little Hands and Little Feet

Dear God,

Please grant my prayer.  It’s not for me,  but rather for my children.  They need me to be patient and loving.  They need me to encourage them.  They need me to smile into their sweet eyes.   Yet, it is so difficult to be a spiritual mother when little hands covered in jelly have marked my clean walls; little feet covered in mud have covered my clean floor; and little children have hid lady bugs in my shoes to keep them safe. 

My dearest Lord, please give me patience.  My children really need for me to have it.

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Tonight my kiddos and I sat by the outside fireplace and roasted wieners.  Such a relaxing and bonding time for the kids and myself. It was nice to sit by the fire and talk.  No music, tv, or video games to interrupt.  Simply the four kids and myself enjoying nature, each other, and simple food.  I hope they remember nights like this.  

I had to smile because we would look at the stars and then pop a burnt marshmallow into our mouths as we talked about the fire.  It was bliss!  Simple.  Fun.  It helped bring a quiet loving spirit to our home tonight.

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Russia 3 years ago

Three years ago, my husband and I stood in front of a Russian judge.  We weren’t criminals or charged with anything.  Rather, we were adopting a beautiful blond-haired little boy and a dark-haired grey eyed darling baby girl.  I remember the judge granting the adoption and my husband grinning broadly.  We hugged each other in the courtroom, the hallway, in the car, and again at the orphanage.  We couldn’t believe it!  Our family had just gained 2 wonderful kids. 

Today those children are happy and loveable.  They are also very much my children! 

Tonight we celebrated with a bonfire, marshmallows, and hotdogs.   

We are a wonderfully happy family.  One I am very proud to have.

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If I sing will they go?

If I walk through the house singing lullabies will the kids take the hint and head off to bed?

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4 Little Prayers

Anyone who sees my children and I at lunch, probably smiles.  Every meal my children each lower their head and say their personal prayer of thanks.  This can become quite loud since they range in age of 8, 6, 4, and 3.  Sometimes, they argue over who said what.  No one wants another copying their prayer to God.  So why does each child say thanks rather than 1 prayer by an adult?  Because in our house, we are teaching each child that his/her conversation with God is unique and important.  It is important to give thanks, not to simply sit there waiting, bored, hoping the prayer will end so eating may begin.   It is important to say the thanks that you feel in your heart  to God.  Perhaps that child simply wants to say thank you for the corn, then so be it.  It is his prayer.  Most of the time the prayers are interesting.  I usually hear thank you for family, but sometimes thanks for snow, rain, no lessons, and sleeping late.  Through these sometimes lengthy prayers the children learn that God listens even to the smallest and the youngest.  For God hears all and loves all.

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