Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pray for an Angel

After reading about little Caleb over at
I felt like I had to share his story with others and request prayer for him.

"***Caleb is having surgery today to get a G-tube to help him eat, and a nissin to help with reflux. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Caleb and his family. Visit their blog, Wink From Heaven, to send them well-wishes and to thank them for sharing their special story."

The love that this family shares is just touching and it inspires me to appreciate my children even more. Tomorrow when one of my girls asks for her Mommy's lap, I don't want to tell her that I am too busy. Or when one of them wants to share something exciting with me, I want to look her in the eyes and truly listen. Our children are precious gifts from God and I want to embrace this love daily.

Please join me in praying for Caleb and his family.

Many Blessings,
Jen

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Goodnight Song


My six year often reminds me to sing a Christian bedtime song with her. I'm so glad that it is important to her and also that she helps her "old" mama to remember! Tonight, she was so cute as she was belting out the notes. She had her eyes closed as if she was in pure worship singing to God. This part was the cutest to watch!!


"...yes, God is near us.
Yes, God is near us.
Yes, God is near us.
Goodnight, I love you so."


Blessings,
Jen

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Time Flies!


Ages: 1 day and almost 2 years old


Ages: almost 5 and 7

Wow! Time flies- where have my babies gone??

Blessings,
Jen

Friday, January 16, 2009

Precious Girls Club

On the shelves in our stores, we see dolls that are barely dressed with fish net stockings and way too much make-up being marketed to our little girls! Girls as young as 5 wanting to be part of a "hot chick" club in Kindergarten. As a parent of two girls, this has been a very big concern of mine. It is difficult to see little girls acting like teenagers instead of children. I've been trying to find resources and other toys for my own girls that send more positive messages. Today, I came across a website that shares some of the same values that I hope to instill in my own children. You may be familiar with Precious Moment Products. They are the creators of the Precious Girls Club. On the PGC website, members "create their own characters (or "avatars"), decorate their rooms, explore our town, socialize, play games and even shop "virtually" using the points they earn on the site. PGC games reinforce such virtues as helpfulness, kindness, responsibility, loving and caring. In addition to points, many activities award "virtual" virtue charms. And, it's all fun!" This sounds like something my little "techie" girls would love! I'm looking forward to sharing it with them.



"Precious Girls Club is more than a club - it's a way of thinking, acting and living. We are dedicated to helping young girls discover how wonderful and fun it is to be precious."

Many Blessings,

Jen

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Playing and Praying for Parker!

Games: Playing for Parker

If you haven't visited 5 Minutes for Mom, it is a wonderful site. One of the things that I like about it's creators, is their heart for service! They are always finding ways to help others through blogging and connecting with others. Recently, they found a way to help a little boy named Parker. By playing video games, advertising proceeds will go to help Parker.

To learn more about this little boy and how you can help, click below.


Many Blessings,

Jen

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Lesson in Perserverance!


My six year old was playing a game the other night and was complaining that she couldn't get the chip in the right spot. She was working hard at flinging this chip onto the game board, but just couldn't get it.

She ran into the kitchen and said "Mom,I kept praying and praying that God would help me get it and it didn't work. I must have prayed 20 times and my prayers still weren't answered!"

I explained to her that sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers because he is trying to teach us a lesson. She looks puzzled. I explained that maybe her lesson for today was perseverance. We talked about this and how God was actually helping her by not letting it be so easy for her. I think she got it. A little smile came across her face as she was thinking about it.

Sometimes life's lessons aren't easy,but they are there to help us in the long run. God doesn't always give us what we pray for because his plans are better than our own!

Blessings,
Jen

Friday, January 9, 2009

Unselfish Giving!

My peanut warmed my heart today with her generosity! It had to be difficult to give away something she valued. She earned a beenie baby in Preschool for memorizing her bible verse and was so excited about playing with her new little purple mouse. Shortly after leaving Preschool, we decided to visit my sister's house. When we arrived, we learned that my niece was home sick from school with the stomach flu. Peanut asked my sister if she could cuddle the mouse to feel better and my sister told her that it was best that she kept it with her. Peanut decided that she wanted to give it to her as a gift. I was really proud of her choice to give something of value to someone else at such a young age. Isn't it amazing how little ones can teach us life lessons? Old clothes or toys are easy to give-up, but what about things of value? God can even use little ones to teach others about love and service!