God made ME!

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“Your hands have made and fashioned me…” Psalm 119:73 This week, I traced Vivienne on wrapping paper, cut “her” out and hung “her” on the door. Then the real Vivienne chose the fabric, stickers, and yarn to complete the masterpiece. Can you see the resemblance? 😉 Ryan calls the girl on the door “Hip-Hop Vivienne.”   This week’s unit included … Read More

Tea for Three

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Vivienne and her two girl friends enjoyed a tea party, a dance party, and a piano recital in one morning’s time.  I love that Vivienne is learning how to prepare a beautiful setting for her guests, welcome them into our home, and make sure they have all the “cream and sugar” they need.  I also love that for half an … Read More

The months, days, and counting to 30(1)!

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Teach your little one the months, days of the week, and how to count to 30 (or 31) with this simple tradition: Each morning, flip through a calendar together reciting the names of the months. (During the first week or so, it might help to spice it up by having your child repeat after you with different volumes, accents, moods, … Read More

Your Toddler: Mozart?

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Here’s a simple way to encourage your toddler to compose music with you: Do ya remember the repetitive chords to “Heart and Soul”? You know, the duet that all the kids plunked out on Aunt Gerty’s piano during every Christmas party? Well, consider it useful knowledge! You will play the bottom part of the song while your toddler plays any … Read More

Jingle Bells: A peak inside

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I took a picture of the 3-D sonogram, hoping it won’t be too strange for those of you with weak stomachs… But, I wanted you to see our little baby’s face peaking through all of the amorphous protective layers! (You can click on the picture to see a larger version.)   A sobering realization… it’s this 20-week ultrasound that informs … Read More

jingle bells: week 21 prayers

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We had our big ultrasound today and everything about the baby looks very healthy! How timely that this week, Vivienne and I are memorizing Psalm 119: 73a “Your hands have made and fashioned me.” The fact that God is fashioning each part of this little baby is a wonder to me. I wish I could somehow scan the ultrasound pictures … Read More

Vivienne’s September Reward

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For earning stickers each day that filled her “September apple,” Vivienne was rewarded with the opportunity to walk her favorite neighborhood dog, Amber, around the block. She earned stickers each day as we recited the months, sang the days of the week, counted each day, and did little arts and crafts. (I was thrilled to come up with a reward … Read More

Her Favorite Animal

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After two years of observing animals in our backyard, at zoos, fairs, nature preserves, in beautifully illustrated books, learning cards and photographs, Vivienne concluded last night that… “My favorite animal is Elmo!”

“The Greatest Bug Show On Earth”

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This morning, we meandered over to the PSU Ag. Arena for The Great Insect Fair. Vivienne had quite the buzzing time petting a millipede, holding a walking stick, having a butterfly-ed cheek, decorating a grasshopper-head on a stick (naturally), dancing to some live music about bugs, and enjoying some “bug” ice cream. If we had been more adventurous, you would … Read More

forbearance: part 2 in 3 parts

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Musing 1: My mom had mentioned that “forbearance” reminds her of St. Christopher, the Patron Saint of Safe Travel. His name means “Christ-bearer”; what we Christians do on this planet. Here are three different depictions of St. Christopher’s relationship with the Christ child. I’m reminded of how we, in strong and weak moments, are to put on the Lord Jesus … Read More