Monthly Archives: June 2010

Children Need History

History brings us up close and personal to a bigger, higher, deeper, wider God than we usually imagine. Amazing quote from the Foreword to my latest favorite book, although I read a different book yesterday afternoon that surprised me as … Continue reading

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Children Need to Listen

The world of technology may be banging at the door, but I’m standing with the notion that children need books. Lots of books. Nothing bonds a child to an adult like curling up with a stack of picture books and … Continue reading

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The Fires of Sorrow

Sorrow. Suffering. Abuse. Pain. When we work with children in difficult situations, we face dark evil. Read these words from Oswald Chambers today carefully, for we are in the work of nourishing children, and so, we must enter sorrow and … Continue reading

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Children Need Spontaneity and Order

Yes, they are opposites, and yes, children need both. The trick is to find the balance between the two. Children love surprises – a treasure hunt, pancakes for dinner, pizza for breakfast, a slumber party on the living room floor…..just … Continue reading

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Children Need the Majesty of Thunderstorms

Good morning! Nothing quite like a storm front moving across the Midwest plains. I dragged my boys outside last night to stand on the front porch as the storm moved closer. The treetops were swaying, the lightning was dropping, and … Continue reading

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A few more thoughts on texture…..

Texture brings depth and complexity to life. Children need texture. It protects them from a one dimensional world. Let’s bring them into a layered world – visual delights, varied music and sounds, challenging tastes and flavors. Let’s offer up new … Continue reading

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Children Need Textured Environments

Good morning! Back to work today, lots of simmering thoughts to write about in the weeks ahead. I read somewhere, and I can’t remember where, that children need “textured environments”. I think it’s true. I’ve been watching children on this … Continue reading

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Holding Fast

Twenty years. Twenty years ago yesterday we stood before our family and friends and said yes. Saying it was important, but living it more so. Saying yes means not saying no, saying yes means holding fast. My husband is amazing, and our relationship is … Continue reading

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Grape Production

We were designed to be life givers, but more importantly, life receivers as well. In fact, we cannot give what we haven’t received. The best gardens receive the nourishment daily, and with that nourishment, growth happens. A shriveled life pulls … Continue reading

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In much the same way that fruit appears…..

We were designed to be life givers. We were designed with gifts that are meant to be used, poured out, given away. We hold on to our gifts and they rot. We give them away and more fruit appears. But … Continue reading

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