My friend’s daughters (a capture on my little camera at our home-school convention) have got this communication thing down pretty well! …
Are any of you older readers longing for the good ol’ days like me – when life was simpler?
One Of The Family, by Frederick G. Cotman
Do you regularly share family mealtime together?
Time Health Magazine states:
“It’s in the teenage years that this daily investment [of eating together] pays some of its biggest dividends.
Studies show that the more often families eat together, the less likely kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide, and the more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words and know which fork to use.
Family mealtime is about civilizing children.
It’s about teaching them to be a member of their culture.”
My daughter walked out the door carrying as much as she could hold. She gave me a big hug, a kiss, and turned to looked at me one last time. Immediately, I began to pray.
Climbing the stairs up to her bedroom, I began to reminisce on the last 19 years….
‘Watch Your Temper’ OR ‘Watch And Pray’
“It’s my dreadful temper! I try to cure it; I think I have, and then it breaks out worse than ever. O Marmee, what shall I do? What shall I do?” cried Jo in despair….
“The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them.” 2 Chronicles 24: 13
In an effort to restore our land to an organic state (no more conventional corn and beans with chemicals), we turned all the land to a hay meadow. To do that, we planted alfalfa and clover. Besides, our bees LOVE it!
Just recently, the men in our family spent 9 days cutting, raking, and baling the hay, some for a friend and then our meadows. There were lots of ‘break-downs’ and repairs needed, as is typical. It is hard, tiring work, and over the years it has played a role in making our boys into men. While it’s certainly not the biggest part, learning to work with diligence plays a very important role….