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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Posted by Laura at 9:46 AM
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I say that I am working at cultivating sympathy, because there are times when I do not feel it naturally. And there are plenty of times when I fail to be sympathetic.
Today I failed. I asked one of the girls to water our strawberries and when I looked outside she was watering a rock. A rock. In an area that I had spent quite a bit of time weeding just a few days before. A few inches over were the strawberries- as parched as ever. But that rock... well, it was getting all the attention. And I did not feel very sympathetic.
I hollered out the back door asking what she was doing and you know- I believe she had no idea why she was doing what she was doing. She was just experimenting. Making her own waterfall. And although she needed guidance- she also could've used a little sympathy.
Just as with other good habits, practice makes progress. I see the value in choosing to be sympathetic with our children's weaknesses and being the person they can trust with their failings and hurts.
The Lord helping me, I need create a habit of sympathy.I know that we worry about the implications of being overly sympathetic with our children- especially boys. If we sympathize with them when they are injured we fear that we will create whiny, wimpy children who run to Mama for every little offense, right? And isn't there a place to say "shake it off"? Absolutely there is.Once we know the scenario, we might need to ask our kiddos to stop crying or shake it off. Once we know the scenario...And I hope you realize that I am not suggesting that we should ever reward spoiled or demanding behavior or overlook disobedience. Not at all. Not ever. We cannot overlook issues and call it grace. That is not grace- it is negligence. But sympathy doesn't over look.Sympathy is a spirit needed in times of childish foolishness; when a child is struggling with temptation; in times of injury and when a child has failed and is in need of being restored.It is a sincere concern for our children's souls and creates a strength of character, not a wimpy character.Instead of a child needing to demonstrate how hurt they are for an ounce of attention, we let them know we are concerned and on their team right off the bat.When enter into their troubles and concerns, we win the opportunity to direct their hearts toward godliness and they will hear us when we let them know this is one of those times to shake it off.We can be too hands off- ignoring what is really happening- but we cannot be too sympathetic.
Posted by Laura at 6:44 AM
Monday, November 07, 2011
We have been enjoying a variety of soups lately since we've been having some nice crisp weather. Most of what I have made are old favorites like Garlic Vegetable Soup, Taco Soup, and Chicken Noodle Soup. I want to make some Baked Potato Soup soon, but this past week I tried Italian Sausage Minestrone, which turned out the be great! Adam really liked it and all of the children gobbled it up. I paired it with Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins the first day, and today we just had some crackers along with the leftovers. The recipe calls for Italian sausage, but I used turkey sausage instead and omitted the pasta. I love pasta, but I just didn't think that this soup needed it. Oh, and I couldn't find cannellini beans, so I substituted baby lima beans instead. I think I'll just stick with that substitution next time and not bother with the other.
Posted by Laura at 6:51 AM
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I can't believe I'm 31 weeks already! It's hard to believe how fast the time is flying by. My pregnancies always seem to go so quickly once I hit 30 weeks, and I'm guessing that this time will be no exception since the time from Thanksgiving to New Year's goes by in a flash even when I'm not pregnant.
I've been feeling great! My varicose veins are an ever-present nuisance, but I'm thankful that they haven't bothered me too much this time around. They could certainly be a lot worse. My typical 3rd trimester massive weight gain has begun! I had gained 8 pounds at 24 weeks, and now at 30 weeks I've gained a total of 21 pounds. That would be 13 pounds in 7 weeks. :) Oh well. I'm not the least bit worried about it. I do hope to get myself into a more regular walking routine now that the weather has cooled off for good though. There are so many nice places to walk around here and the fresh air and exercise is good for all of us.
Posted by Laura at 10:08 AM