A little over a week ago, we had to make the agonizing decision to put our 14-year-old lab, Hunter, to sleep. For those of you who have four legged family members, you understand the heartache. It’s hard to say goodbye, especially under those circumstances. We really didn’t think she would make it through the night last Wednesday night. Truthful, we were hoping that maybe she wouldn’t because we knew that if she did; we were going to be faced with a gut wrenching decision.
She perked up a little bit Thursday, but our Vet gently confirmed what we already knew in our hearts needed to be done. Drew, my oldest held her head in his lap as the preparations were made. It was fitting that he be the one to hold her, after all, she was his. Sam, my youngest, climbed into the back of my Yukon so he could be beside her and the doctor made room for me to be next to Her, too. We all held onto her and cried as she slipped away.
All right ladies, time for another book review! If you and your group of friends, large or small, are looking for a new and exciting Bible study to do together, look no further. Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go, by Lisa Harper is awesome. Lisa is a theological scholar who, among many things, has been a past director of women’s ministry for Focus on the Family. She is currently an author, on tour with Women of Faith and a sought after speaker for women’s groups all over the country. Her ability to share her faith and knowledge of scripture in her humorous and down to earth way will keep you engaged and laughing through the whole study.
Our friend, Allyson Sons, is a 4th grade teacher turned mom. She grew up palling around with my two sons and doting on my daughter. In fact, our families were part of each others' village to the point that while i was pregnant, we let her decide on my daughter's middle name... Allison, of course! So you see, she's very special to us as I hope she will become to you through this blog series.
After getting married and teaching a few years, our friend and her husband, David, had the most precious little boy you've ever laid eyes on. Since his birth she has developed her version of what she terms "Tot School". The motivating factor behind this was to not only stimulate him for learning but to give her an extended purpose as she transitioned into being a stay-at-home mom.
During the month of January, instead of our normal blog, we will be bringing you some of her ideas. Hopefully, the activities she uses will help you get your toddler off the Christmas sweets and back into a simple learning routine without a lot of effort. We hope you enjoy what she has shared as much as we did!
You can follow ideas and posts by Allyson beginning tomorrow and continuing throughout January under our Mom2Mom tab.
Oh, and have a blessed and fun New Year with your toddlers!
Walking the road with you,
Gosh, another year has come and gone. I just learned to write 2015 on my checks – just in time to have to start over learning to write 2016. It’s crazy.
The older I get the faster time seems to move. Really, the faster changes come. For example, not too many years ago I was smarter and wiser than my children. Obviously, as time has marched forward, they have become much wiser than me in many things, one being how to properly raise children.
This fact has come to light due to the careless way they perceive that I am rearing their youngest sibling. They recently felt the need to correct my parenting or lack of parenting skills by bringing my woeful parenting ways to my attention. It seems that I am way too lax with the youngest. He is allowed to get away with way more things than they were ever allowed to get away with.
Because I am not one to turn down a good argument, I decided to present them with a brief rebuttal:
1. He has perfected his “badness” by watching and learning from his older siblings.
2. If the older siblings had not been so difficult, I would not be so tired and would be better able to keep up with his antics – which as you will remember he has learned from them.
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