Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Shopping

I took my nephews shopping so they could get gifts for everyone they needed. First, we sat down and made a list. This was so much easier than I thought. They had ready ideas for everyone. They were so cute-they just KNEW what everyone would LOVE! Some ideas we did go ahead and purchase and others we changed our minds when we looked at things in the store. Some gifts are not very "traditional"-like the deoderant and shaving cream for their teenage cousin. They just knew that GrandMom needed two bags of dark chocolate. And they knew they had seen a movie advertised that their 11 year old female cousin would LOVE-"it has a guy from High School Musical in it and it's about a horse!"
I have to say they had some pretty good ideas!

Friday, November 23, 2007

serving together

Yesterday my family was blessed to go downtown to help serve at a Thanksgiving feast for the poor and homeless. We did not get to do as much work as we would have liked, as there were more volunteers than work, but we were happy to have been able to go.

It is such a blessing to serve together as a family. It helps to instill values with the children, allows us to share what we are passionate about with our kids. It allows them to see how to serve other people and to get the focus off of themselves. It helps our kids to see how truly blessed they are. It helps prepare the next generation to eventually step up and be the next wave of people helping people.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

prayer walk

Last night my family-my husband and me, our kids, my mom and dad, my middle sister and my two nephews-went on a prayer walk. We have never done this as a family. We started at my parents house and prayed for the neighbors they live by, especially the little girl my nephews play with. Then we began the mile trek to our house. We had a nice walk on a lovely evening. We stopped at some dear friends' house to see if they would come out and pray with us. They were not home, so we stood in their driveway and prayed for their family and all the young families we know.

We continued our walk to our house. Here we prayed for our neighbors and ourselves to be good neighbors. We walked two blocks over to an older couple's house. Here we prayed for the elders of our church. Then we circled back around to another teenager's home. His parents/grandparents came out to pray with us. At this house our prayer was for the teens we know and their struggles. Then we finished our prayer walk by walking back to my parents house.

This is definitely a unique way to be of quiet service to your friends and neighbors and along the way teaching the kids by example.

Monday, November 12, 2007

going to the park

Often just the simple things make kids happy. Having mom and/or dad take a little time out of their busy-ness to just play with their kids makes for an enjoyable time for the whole family.

As fall is upon us, the weather is perhaps a little more favorable to some time spent at the park. Swings are often a hit with kids and adults alike. Since our kids are bigger, we often engage in a game of tag at the park, either on the playground (if no one else is around) or in some other area. Getting out together playing, laughing and getting some fresh air is good for the entire family.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

book store

I went with my sister and my six year old nephew to the book store a few days ago. This is a pleasant way to spend some time. I've often taken my kids to the bookstore as well. They have always loved it. It's great to be able to go and peruse the books and read a little and just spend some time together discovering great books. We almost always end up buying a few to take home.