Archive for Kids
A new line of exercise videos just for kids!
Focusing on getting your kids up and moving. Set to high-energy Christian music, these videos are sure to inspire your family. Our first two releases are for your elementary-aged kids, K-3rd grade and 4th-6th grades.
The videos will be available for purchase and immediate download to your computer or video capable device, or on DVD from Amazon.
Releasing in time for your Fall 2011 curriculum purchase!
Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching the young girls at our homeschool group. We have been working through Jackie and Dede Kendall’s book, Lady in Waiting for Little Girls. This entire book has been beautiful! Its purpose is to draw our daughters into a closer relationship with the Lord within the frame work of the mother daughter relationship. Oh the joy I’ve had teaching these subjects on obedience, diligence, faith, virtue, devotion, security, contentment, and patience! But yesterday something special happened as we sat around the table talking about devotion and security. The lesson jumped out of the book into everyday life and touched my heart with a truth I never saw coming.
I asked the girls what it means to be devoted to God. One of them said, “Spending time with him.” True.
So I asked the girls if they had been diligent in setting aside time every day to spend reading God’s love letter to us, the Bible. As you can imagine I got a mixed response. But I loved their honesty. One spent 15 minutes a day being devoted, others said no, and still others said things like “I wanted to, but I forgot.” My mom’s heart kicked in at about that point and I asked the girls if they brush their teeth every day? Boy, I got some strange looks then! But again they were honest. Most everyone brushes their teeth everyday and most twice a day. That’s good! As mom’s we’re responsible for training our children to brush and floss their teeth every day. As mom’s we would never dream of allowing our children to go days without brushing their teeth! Seriously, after a few days of neglecting their teeth we start to reap the consequences.
Imagine, your daughter or son climbing onto your lap for snuggles or coming in close for a bed time hug and kiss and what do you get but a face full of fowl smelling breath! Suppose you didn’t take notice and over time your precious child begins to complain about a tooth hurting, but you just dole out some children’s pain killer. It will be fine. Time continues to pass and now the child is in real pain as the little cavity has grown into an infection that has spread into the nerves and tissue around the tooth. Do you continue to leave it untreated or do you take care of it? I don’t know any parent who would leave their child in pain like this!
Here is the correlation, every day, twice a day, I remind my daughters to brush, floss and use a mouth wash. I talk to them about the importance of taking care of their teeth, because after the permanent ones come in, well, they’re permanent. We want to keep them healthy! And yet, I have to confess, I don’t remind my daughters to read the Bible every day. Now I homeschool so God’s word is woven into the context of our studies and time together, but I honestly don’t push them to spend time in the Bible daily. What am I thinking?!? I’m having them take care of their teeth, but not their heart? To keep my daughters safe in this world, I have to ensure they know how to be devoted, otherwise, as soon as they leave my nest they have no foundation, but can easily be mislead into the world!
If we’re not filling our hearts and minds with what the word says then you can bet the world is filling our hearts and minds with darkness. That’s what happens to a heart left without devotion. Slowly, so that we don’t notice it’s happening our heart gets filled up with things like depression, unforgiveness, anger, frustration, and bitterness. Those little bits and pieces we should have been flossing out and brushing away have grown into an infection that is spreading throughout our body.
Come on mommies, we have to nurture our children’s hearts of devotion the same way we nurture their habit of taking care of their teeth!! Daily! Then, once their hearts are completely devoted to their Savior they will live secure. Secure in the knowledge of a loving heavenly Father who’s plans for them are good.
Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come.”
Who’s promises are steadfast!
Psalm 37:3-7 “Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of you heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
From this day forward, I am committed to encouraging my daughter’s hearts of devotion. Just as I remind them to brush their teeth, I will remind them to spend time daily reading God’s love letter to them! Won’t you join me?
Turkey Tacos with Avocado Sauce
Little Sisters Big Taste: 3 Spoons on the Scale of Spoonitude
|1 tbs||Extra Virgin Olive Oil|
|½||Red Bell Pepper, chopped|
|2 cups||Leftover Shredded Turkey|
Place a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add onion and bell pepper. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add turkey and salsa and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.
Serve in taco shells with your favorite toppings and the Avocado Sauce.
|2 tbs||Lemon, juice only|
|4 tbs||Sour Cream|
|½ tsp||Fresh Pepper|
|¼ tsp||Ground Cumin|
|¼ tsp||Garlic Powder|
|1 pinch||Crushed Red Pepper, optional|
Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit with a spoon. In a medium bowl, spoon out the flesh of the avocado and combine with remaining ingredients. Using a fork mash all the ingredients together.
Serve on tacos.
Well it’s time to introduce my cooking duo! Anna and Alyssa! They have helped in the kitchen since they were practically old enough to stand by themselves and I love having them there! Sure it’s sometimes messy, but we’re having fun here and they’re learning. But ssshhh! Don’t tell them! :^)
In the last year or so I’ve even let them begin to experiment with recipes of their own design. This has been super fun and gets them so excited to try new things. During one of our cooking adventures, they came up with the name Little Sisters, Big Taste as the official logo for their endeavors and created the Scale of Spoonitude (1 Spoon being the easiest of recipes to 5 Spoons being “only with lots of extra help from Mom or Dad”) to tell other kids how hard the recipes are. I promised to give them some space on my website and so you have recipes that are tried and true from our kitchen, tested by my kids and eaten by Dad of course. Periodically I will be presenting my dynamic duo and their fun, kid tested and approved recipes. We hope you enjoy them!
Their first recipe…
In an effort to use some more of our Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, I put a whole bunch of ingredients out on the counter and told them they were in charge of creating dinner. They took up this challenge with gusto and created Turkey Tacos with Avocado Sauce. This is 100% their own recipe with only a little help from me… After all I didn’t think we should actually cook the cucumber in the taco meat, but sliced, it did make a great side dish.
Wow has it been a while since I last blogged!! Time so easily gets away from us!
I for one, have been struggling with keeping a regular exercise program this summer, and time is flying. This doesn’t mean I haven’t been active, we’ve been to the beach, music in the park, downtown, jump roping in the back yard, swimming, swimming and more swimming. No, what I’m talking about is the put on your work out clothes and “officially” work out. I can manage it for a couple of days then my schedule is interrupted by something more fun. :^) Read More→
For all of you avid cyclists out there you know exactly what I mean when I compare a road bike to a sports car. I ride a Bianchi Talladega road bike, that my oh so wonderful hubby, Jordan, bought for me after our second daughter was born. It’s a smooth, yet stiff, very responsive ride. There is only one problem… I absolutely refuse to attach my daughters tag-a-bike to it! It’s not meant for that kind of work! It would be like attaching my dad’s 5th-wheel to a Porsche. You just don’t do it! But here’s the issue, I want to ride with my daughter. It’s an absolute blast hanging out with her on the bike! And as much as I love cycling, I don’t want to give up the better part of a Saturday to go for the endurance ride I know I should be taking to stay in top shape. What’s a girl to do? I would like to propose you can achieve a great endurance ride by taking a shorter than usual training ride on a semi! A semi? you say… Yes, a semi! Read More→