Parenting is a huge job. I often feel overwhelmed and under qualified to do this task! The impact of my job frightens me at times, especially when I am face to face with how wretched I truly am. Were it not by God's grace, I would think I had nothing to offer my children. Praise the Lord, I have lots of offer them. Most of all, I can point them to Jesus. And, that's the goal of everything Joel and I do as parents. We want our kids to know and love God.
We attempt to do that every day. I thank God for the ways I see my kids growing in their knowledge of Him and their love for Him. Just today as we walked through the mall, I heard Asa say aloud "Do you know God? [pause] Do you know God?" I'm not sure if he was asking certain people or just sort of saying it (he was behind me). But, when I turned around to look, he asked me. I said "yes! I know God!" He said "me too". Rylee chimed in "I know God too!" It was cute.
Later, as we were sitting eating lunch, Rylee was singing a worship song (not uncommon). She sang a line of "At The Cross" (posted here on my blog). "You tore the veil, You made a way when You said that 'It is Done'" She asked "what does it mean 'it is done?'" WOW! I love those times.
We talk about the Lord a lot. We talk about God's grace a lot. (I need His grace all the time!!!)
We also talk about regular old preschool things.
That's what this post is about, actually.
I found a great website with resources for moms. It has stuff for kids preschool through grade 5. I just finished printing some flash cards for Rylee to use. The site is called KidZone.
I also found another site that lists all kind of activities for toddlers. I plan on putting together some totes/boxes with things for the kids to do when they are "bored" of playing with their toys and 'regular' things around the house. I will also use the set of totes for times when I want the kids occupied--like when I cook dinner or work on a project. It's a site called "Paula's Archives" and the section I found is called "preschool activities." I can't vouch for the entire site. I just found the list of preschool activities to be cool.
Hope some of you moms out there with preschoolers (or elementary kids) can find these resources helpful.
Hopefully I can snap some cute pictures of my kids actually playing with these things and post them. Since it may take me a while to create...don't expect those pics anytime soon.
But, I have to put at least one cute picture on this post. I found this to be one of my favorites recently.
*Please note: the child in the top photo is NOT my child. I did NOT take that picture. I typed "parenting" into google and it was the first image that popped up!