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Friday, January 13, 2006

WE SURVIVED! . . .

Our first week of school is over and everyone came home today with smiles on their faces, so I consider that a good thing. J Besides a black eye the first day of school and a trip to the principal’s office the second, I’d say we did pretty well. (Thankfully, from what I can tell, my child was not at fault in either situation.) The kids actually seem happy about going to school, so I will keep praying and giving them over to God.

Speaking of children, we’ve been leading a weekly parenting class in our home based on James Dobson’s Bringing Up Boys material. We’ve been meeting with three other couples and the response has been great. Not only have we enjoyed getting to know these wonderful couples, but we are learning and putting into practice (hopefully) some fantastic Biblical parenting skills.

Dobson’s greatest advise so far? Actively seek your children on a daily basis and spend time with them. It’s not just enough to be in the house or in the same room. As parents we need to be actively engaged in their lives.

My theme verse for the year regarding my children? “”Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9

On another note, the most amusing thing around our house lately has been the new addition of Max, or mouse-catching (we hope) cat. More about Max’s tale in my next entry. . .

Blessings!

Lisa

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