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jul 13

1. On tuesday this week, to simplify meal planning I chose to stay off the computer as my way of fasting. What do you do when you’re off the computer for the day? Clean and organize !!!

I went through our shoe closet which is usually blocked by a pile of shoes, mostly Daddy’s big ones that take up a ton of space. It’s always hard for the kids to put their shoes away trying to climb over the mountain, so I took all the shoes we don’t wear off the shelves and put them underneath the shoe rack, thereby leaving enough space for even DH to put a few pairs on the shelf. Ta daa!

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Then I went through baby’s clothes drawers and took out what was too small or just hadn’t and wasn’t likely to get worn, so they were no longer bursting. Finally, I went through the kids toys that were everywhere and took a bunch of them out of the living room again, so there was just a reasonable number that could fit into one moderate sized toybox, so the kids can easily put everything away. Then, inspired by the little prayer table they demonstrated at bible camp, I moved the workbench and tools back out to the shed and brought the prayer table in from the sunroom and set it back up again so it would be more accessible to my kids. They were already taking a greater interest in matters of faith from their first day at camp, especially with the little saint cards they were getting.

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Lastly, I had DH bring the train table in too, so they could use it more, as the sunroom is always too hot in the summer. Unfortunately, the table is hard because my almost 3 year old tends to break the track, and now if the baby gets up there he does too, and pretty soon they have no track left. They need some more practice building it up!

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2- Faith Notes

* CC Lesson 9 – Next Generation Mindset

-Science is becoming the new relgion, and we need to replace it with truth!

-Right now, very little of what is said in church ever leaves it, and is heard outside those 4 walls.

-How many children, grandchildren? have wandered away? As parents we have to equip them to pass on the message AND the mission… We need to teach them to reach others.

-If I’m not passing my faith on, then the fire of my faith will dwindle. It becomes more of a struggle.

Principle: Reach the world one person at a time – pick one person, and invest in them for 2 years. This is your timonthy. The goal is that after that time they will find their own timothy and continue with the mission. -If you want your timothy to have faith, send them out to tell others!

– We can’t shy away from ANYBODY, because it’s so important to get that door open to pass along the mission.

-If you do not reach out, the group/message/mission will die – always. Fostering Community alone is never enough. (this goes for more than just religion etc but for any group/cause)

-Churches especially, tend to focus on event–based evangelization – They have this speaker come in and talk to a large diverse group – that is only an addition mindset, This is a one-shot deal, sooner or they have to come back down the mountain… (w/e impact the speaker may have probably won’t last) we want multiplication: (I have to reach that person, and make sure they reach others)

-It is frustrating when you don’t succeed with a Timothy but we have to remember, ultimately, it’s all up to God. The seeds we plant, our time investing and waiting to see fruit etc- it’s an offering to the Lord!

-Don’t HIDE your faith around unbeleivers – Say it, LIVE IT!

-We have to have a heart for the lost, AND know how to REACH the lost. *We can’t just form our own little community while the rest of the world is going to hell!’

-There will be more failures than successes, but the successes shine brighter than the failures.

* As a result of Courageous Catholic, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my faith journey and my personal testimony lately: That moment of conversion – it’s like tripping into grace, stumbling into truth, and falling into Love.

* We watched God of Wonders together as part of date night. I know he finds cool facts about nature/animals interesting too, and there were lots of them in the movie. Sadly by the end we were both falling asleep, but I know DH was still listening, because he complained about being preached at. However, it wasn’t in a preachy way, the speaker was speaking with such heart… Anyway, if DH had never heard the gospel spelled out before then, he did now. I didn’t expect a major transformation, I just want him to start thinking… And he did. And we had a bit of friendly – peaceful – discussion 🙂 I also discovered that his (recently decided) favorite animal is an octopus 🙂

* Two small reflections while praying in the back yard:
‘Man can not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’ – Lord, help me live full on every word that comes from your mouth. Awake my soul to live full this moment.

‘This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased’ – As I prayed for hubby, ‘Lord let me see him through your eyes, please reveal to me areas in which I am not respecting him, show me how I can change…’ I heard God remind me, ‘Charles is my beloved son.’ He’s God’s beloved too, and when I hurt him, it hurts God!

* ‘Stress isn’t a situation. Stress is a state of mind.’ – when you’re in need of a bit of real stress relief

3. My best friend is scheduled to be induced this week and as I was having my reflective drive home with God from Courageous Catholic on tuesday night, I thought back to when my best friend first told me she was pregnant, back when other options were on the table and she was very scared, and now to have come this far, I was filled with great hope and joy for her. In a matter of days, we will see the fulfillment of 9 months of work and waiting. The fulfillment of a baby SAVED. 😀
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4. The kids and I have spent the week at bible camp. I only brought my middle kid on day last year but he enjoyed it as much as my oldest if not more, so I knew even though he was well under the age range, that he would be doing everything with his brother, so I enrolled them both. They made crafts, and sang songs and ate snacks and played games, and learned about the faith.

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Music
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As usual, whenever I was watching my big kid was above singing along or doing actions, but the little one liked it and I discovered BOTH had a favorite song, and it was my favorite too. I catch them singing it from time to time, and it’s really cute.

Crafts

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Games

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Snack
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Faith
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The first day they brought home a prayer calender, and they were instructed to write one person’s name that they wanted to pray for each day. I sat down with my kids and my big kid told me people he wanted to pray for, and we filled it in together I was so proud of him! AND, we’ve been praying it every night since, and we will probably just go back to the beginning when we run out. Either that, or I can find and print a new one out.
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This year they had a Mom’s room for parents with really little kids who wanted to stay at the camp for their children.
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I got to know the other moms well and had some great fellowship time with them, but we also used that time to go through the theology of the body DVDs. I had been to the talks in the fall and a lot of it was familiar, but there was a bit more detail and it is always good to hear things a second time (and a third and a fourth… ) As a result I left my big kids most of the time, and let them go around with the other kids and the camp leaders without me. I think without me right there they probably paid a little more attention, but I can’t be sure since I wasn’t there to see it!
I always sat in on the faith session though, so I would know what they were learning and could reinforce, probe and explain things better in the future. I was torn between wanting to spend time with my kids and with the moms. I usually did their craft with them then disappeared again till the last session.

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5. Last Sunday I made up behavior cards for the kids for church. I was tired of them acting out despite consistently imposing consequences when they don’t behave and thought maybe it would be smoother if they had a clear understanding of just what was expected of them, especialy my big kid. So I made them each a little card with my 3 rules: try to sit up (not lay down, crawl on the floor), be quiet, and most important, they have to listen when mummy or daddy asks them to do something, or to stop. They have to obey. I drew the little pictures for them to help them remember, and explained the rules with the pictures ahead of time. It was one of the easiest times in church with them yet, but I do have a feeling the novelty will wear off.
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6. I have been keeping up with the monthly photo challenge, but have only been putting them up on facebook so far. UPDATE: You can find the first week of pictures here: A Photo A Day- July 1-8

7. I found this post via a facebook mom’s blog ring, but as I was reading it I kept thinking this sounds just like something Ann Voskamp would write! Sure enough, when I checked it was hers, and as always it’s a really inspiring and uplifitng read: When Mothering’s Making You a Touch Crazy?

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The prompt for today was toothbrush: “Boring right? Make it interesting. Play with apps {if you’re using a smartphone} to make it more interesting. Have fun!”

I present to you: Toothbrush – Well used
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I had a couple different ideas for this one, and had a hard time choosing one over the others, so I made a collage of my favorites :
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Calm – When I spend time with God is when I’m most calm.
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The day was pretty busy and I thought about swapping calm for busy to make up for Jul 2. However, there was also this:

Calm – A moment of calm by quiet trees in an otherwise busy day
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Last Thing You Bought – Cute Summer Dress
The last thing I personally paid for was a large bag of clothes from Frenchy’s yesterday. My prize jewel from the haul was this cute little dress for $7 😀

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Cup – These little plastic cups at the cottage were just perfect for my kids.
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On The Road – Rocks on the road that’s at the end of my cottage driveway

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Sunshine – Life-giving Rays
(Of course it was cloudy that day, so I took this a few days later.)

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