Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In His Time

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About two years ago I really had it out with God.  I remember getting into the car outside of our apartment.  Inside said apartment was my 1 year old baby girl, and my loving husband who had graciously given me the night off to grab a cup of coffee. 

We were right smack dab in the middle of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, and we were significantly in debt because of the student loans I took to get my Masters Degree (in my life before being a wife and mommy).  I had quit my teaching job to stay at home, and I had taken a part time job as an insurance salesman…

Yes, an insurance salesman

I kept praying to God about things, but I wasn’t trusting Him.  Truth be told I figured that if we were going to get ourselves anywhere we were going to have to dig down deep and do it ourselves.   

My hubby had other ideas.  He wanted us to wait.  Patiently.  On the Lord. 

Patience is not my chose virtue.

I thought he had lost his mind.   I had things in mind for our family.  I had ideas of where I would be one day.  They involved white picket fences, mini vans, and vacations, not coupons, apartments, and used cars.  I was discouraged. 

That night I didn’t go and get coffee.  I went and I drove, which is how I think.  I put on music, and I drive.  I prayed and I prayed, and I listened as I heard Nichole Nordeman sing to me…

“Oh the differences that often are between, what we want, and what we really need.”

That night I laid a lot of things down at God’s feet.  I let go of a lot of dreams, confident that what the Lord had for us was better than anything I could have conceived. 

I was right, and tomorrow, I will tell you how….

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shaemus Shaun the Leprechaun

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Last week while I was visiting the Happy Home Fairy I stumbled upon the wonderful idea of making a leprechaun trap.  I posted on my facebook page that E and I would likely be making one of our own, and I looked for suitable book to read to E as a set up for our trap, but alas, none were found. 

So, I called my mom.   

Now my mom is a very talented lady, and I asked if she could maybe write me a little poem about a runaway leprechaun who people try to catch in a trap.   She wrote me this wonderful poem! 

SHAEMUS SHAUN THE LEPRECHAUN, SET OUT FOR HIS POT OF GOLD
HE HID IT AT THE RAINBOW’S END, OR SO I HAVE BEEN TOLD

THROUGH A PATCH OF FOUR LEAF CLOVERS, AND BEYOND LUSH FIELDS OF GREEN
HE CREPT ALONG LOOKING TO AND FRO, SO HE WOULD NOT BE SEEN

THOUGH HE IS SMALL AND CUNNING,HE IS VERY SLOW AND OLD
IF I CATCH HIM IN A TRAP, PERHAPS HE’LL SHARE HIS GOLD.

I WILL FIND A LITTLE BOX,AND PROP IT VERY HIGH
I WILL SET IT BY THE GARDEN, IN CASE HE PASSES BY

I WILL CRUMBLE SHAMROCK COOKIES, AND LEAD HIM TO MY TRAP
I MUST BE VERY QUIET THOUGH,PERHAPS I’LL TAKE A NAP

CAREFULLY, WHEN I AWAKE, I WILL SEE WHAT I HAVE GOT
IT MAY BE SHAEMUS SHAUN HIMSELF, OR GOLD COINS FROM HIS POT!

With her poem, you can do the following activity with your kiddo:

  • Read Shaemus Shaun the Leprechaun with your tot

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  • To match the poem you will need a couple of shamrock cookies crumbled up for bait, and then let your child go to sleep
  • While they’re sleeping, take a couple of gold chocolate coins and put them in the trap
  • When they wake up, let them check and see if they caught that mischievous little leprechaun!

I hope you all have a wonderful time with this activity!  If you take any pictures and want to share them, post them on our facebook page!  

Amber1

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tot School-The Zoo

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We didn’t get as much done this week in tot school as we wanted to, but here is a look at what we did get done.  You can check out more with Madonna over at A Mommy Talks.  Also, be sure and check out 2 Teaching Mommies where you can download these  lessons and printables for FREE!

Language Arts:
Our theme this week was the zoo.  We worked on beginning letter sounds with these Zoo animal clipcards.  With much help from Leap Frog, E has beginning letter sounds down.

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We also worked on some beginning writing.  The goal was to get the zoo keeper to the animals.  My hope was that we could use some of them for scissor practice also, but E really just wanted to write!

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Math: 
We practiced counting, also.  These animal counting cards helped with counting and number recognition.  E is just starting to get to the point where she doesn’t skip the number 5!  This is PROGRESS! 

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Extra:
We visited the zoo this week on our field trip.  E always love going to the zoo, and we were joined by Madonna and Lil’ Man, which made the trip a lot of fun. 

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That was our week.  I hope you had a good one too!

  Amber1