I'd like to tell you about a new tradition that my family and I started today:
I bought some scrapbooks this week to start one for each of my kids. After seeing how excited they were about the idea, I decided to let them make all of the pages themselves. It also occurred to me that we should make this a weekly, SUNDAY ONLY activity. Each Sunday, the children will have time to make one new page to add to their special scrapbooks.
The idea came to me as I was listening to a talk on "Building Positive Self Esteem" in your children (by Carleen Tanner). I don't know very much about her, but this first talk that I listened to this week was really great.
Today after church the children each created one scrapbook page for their books, and a tradition was born!
We created pages to remember an experience that we had last week, on Easter. After church, we stopped off to check out the new lambs that had just been born. We pass these sheep on the way to church each week, but had never stopped to look at them before.
The lambs were so sweet. They just stared back at us, without a hint of fear. When I moved the car further up the drive to get closer to them, they booked it back to their mamas. Guy and Scarlett wondered why they ran away. "We won't hurt you, sheep!!" I explained to them that sheep only listen to the voice of their shepherd. We aren't their shepherd, so they ran away from us. Then we talked about why Christ is called The Good Shepherd, and that we should learn to listen to and obey His voice.
Today, we visited our little lambs again, and I took some photos with my phone. We used these pictures to create our scrapbook pages. The children arranged, cut, and glued everything. Then I asked them to tell me about the pictures in their own words. I wrote down what they said, and we added this to their pages.
In the future, we might make pages about things they do in school or at play, but it was nice to start off with a special experience like this, as it is my hope that they will begin to see all of their daily experiences with spiritual eyes. Correction: They already see things this way because of their innocent, childlike perspective. It is my hope that they will remember the way they saw the world at ages, 2, 3, and 5, so that these lessons will return to their remembrance when they are ages 22, 23, 25 and beyond...
Oh, hey, how did this picture get in here?!!
Just some side-effects of spending lots of time together this weekend
to kick off the Month of Me!
(I think I'm going to like this month...so's Steve!)