Simple Joys with Children

So, this week we had VBS (Vacation Bible School). I helped with the Kindergarten class. We had a lot of kids and had moat of them all week long. They had a great time. At first, I dreaded working with so many young kids I was not used to or knew at all, thinking it would be just chaos. It wasn’t, it was refreshing instead. Kids that young just enjoy life, they spread joy and love, they explore and learn, they want to know. It was simply joyful. Thank you, God, for the joy you set before us and allowing that taste of purity and joy that will be in heaven. ❤

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Children are Precious

Children are precious and valuable. They are our legacy and our future. They perpetuate our existence. As such, they are of extreme value. They also will convey the morals and lessons we teach them now to be the beliefs and direction of the world in the future and dictate their behavior now. Correcting bad behavior is as important as teaching good things- school studies as well as Christian principles and Biblical truths. And kids need time, attention, honesty, encouragement. They are more important than anything else we do or anyone else we give time to. They are our primary ministry and responsibility. They are our love and only know what all those things are if we make them a priority and teach and love on them. Sharing their pictures on Facebook is nothing but bragging on external shell. Putting facebook down, maybe forever, and spending time and energy on those children will develop them internally where it counts. ❤

Pool Therapy

My children have been wanting time with me. Today was a clear day so my hubby took us to breakfast at IHOP and then I took the kids to the pool for some time together. We played, we enjoyed, we spent quality time. It has been too long since we have. We all needed it. And now I have happy kids again. And I am happy because I realized the important truth that I have to make time for my children, even if it is letting something else go. There are always a million things to do but I only have two children and one husband I am responsible for personally. God and then they come first. That is how it has to be. It is good. ❤

Standing Up for Children & the Elderly

Children and the elderly need us to defend them, support them. Hopefully the elderly have family to care for them but I have seen plenty who don’t. Hopefully children have loving parents to look out for them but often they don’t either. And sometimes the caregivers are there but are so narcissistic and lost in their own cares and addictions and agenda that children or elderly are not heard or cared for properly. We have a huge problem with end times “lovers of self and lovers of pleasure”. And in order to care for someone else properly, we need to love them which requires a certain amount of self-sacrifice. So, it is of great value to remember that the God who made us is also the God who knows what good or evil we do, who we serve, who we value and will reward or punish us based on those findings, for all eternity. And we have a finite opportunity to produce for ourselves infinite consequences, for better or worse. And children and the elderly who need us is our primary focus and objective. They cannot get through life successfully without our help. We must put them first.❤

My Son, the Fundraiser

My son has done two fundraisers with Yankee Candle for his baseball team (to pay umpires) and for his Naval Sea Cadet Batallion (for BDU’s- uniforms). In both instances, he has filled the sheet and rocked it. He is a natural and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you, my friend, how proud I am of him. I love my kids and am so proud of them. More than their giftedness, however, is the fact that they are saved by Jesus Christ and teachable and love each other much much more than they fight. Thank you, God, for my children!!! ❤ 

Children’s Choir Successes

Tonight, my kids learned several big words, like “anunciation” and “diaphragm”. We found a role for Lucy to play because she hates singing (she will be Mary). We learned and sang the words to Mary, Did You Know?. It was beautiful. The kids that used to have one pitch are now all singing together and it makes my heart happy. 😄 ❤ 

Parental Mis-Perceptions

Hello. I am Coach Tonya now for our homeschool PE class. I coach 2nd and 3rd graders. They needed coaches and I had done it before, two years ago and loved it so volunteered. And I have already witnessed several mis-perceptions of parents. One was my own. I thought my daughter would not do well in sports because she prefers dolls and pretty pink things, and I was quite wrong. She is great and having and great time! Happy to be wrong. Another happened today when a parent dropped off the child and declared to the class that he was “shy”, to which he responded by acting shy (synonym of “fearful” to me in this context). The minute she was gone, I proceed treating him as if he was a bold leader (I am that way lol), and he was a great leader of the class and excelled and was outgoing. You see, people, and children much more quickly and easily, will rise to the level of the expectations of the leader/coach/parent. They will also fall to them. So always expect and declare good, positive things of your children or students. They will rise to them. Don’t carry your own limitations to them with your negative words or expectations. They are trying to learn and please and you must present positive values and expectations and words for them to aspire to. And they will. It is beautiful and exactly the way God wants and designed it to be. ❤