I had to put this in. I don’t usually get all teared up about anything, but this was different. Emma (4) had been wearing the ballet slipper necklace for weeks, and announcing that it was her one and only treasure, but she gave it to her sister on her second birthday. Little May simply won’t say “I love you” unless she really means it. And Emma has been so horribly inconvenienced by Emma, who screams a lot of the time, day and night, but she still thanks God in all her prayers for her precious baby sister. Talk about a sweet example of sister power!
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I vaguely remember poking holes in the soil a few inches apart, then grabbing the nearest toddler and appointing her to drop one or two carrot seeds in each hole. I assumed her toddler mind would understand the term “one seed,” but it appears she interpreted it to mean “one toddler fistful of seeds.”
The carrots were probably enjoying intertwining themselves around each other in social groups, but I spent a painful hour bending down to remove seven rows of them from their clumps and transplant them each into their lonely space by themselves. Carrots, like children need space and time to be alone and watch the clouds go by.
My back is killing me. I’m wishing I had allowed for more cloud viewing on the day we planted seeds.
Posted March 19th, 2016. Add a comment
I’ve just spent the last two days researching the best math and Bible courses for 4 to 6 year olds. I felt faintly like I was wasting my time. I mean why should it matter whether one 4 year old gets the very best math or we just copy something free online? Why should I bother to teach the grandkids at all? Little Emma is starting kindergarten next month. Surely that’s enough? I have important Bible lessons to write and teach.
My goals are to lead people to Jesus and disciple them. Teaching toddlers gets in the way. But wait. How many of the people I minister to are willing to spend an hour a day with me? Emma is a person, and leading her to Jesus is just as important as teaching the Japanese people I’m ministering to. Little May is a person too, and needs Jesus just as badly as the most hardened sinner.
I’m NOT wasting my time. Both of them deserve the very best I can offer them. It’s an untold priveledge to invest in their lives.
My final answer comes when little Emma explains her worldview to me. “When I cry, it’s because I’ve forgotten that Jesus is with me. When I remember that Jesus is with me, I don’t need to cry, even when things happen that I don’t like.”
Ah, they are so worth it.
My selections? Apologia for Bible. The 2 year old gets Good Morning God, and Emma, a very precocious age 4 who is “almost” ready for first grade will try ‘Who is God?‘ It’s a world view course which will be perfect, since she’s already been through at least 6 Bible story books. There are three math books I’m going to try. The most interesting is a literature based text called ‘Life of Fred – Apples.’ Next I get to work out what language arts would be best for her. She’s just getting fluent in sounding out three letter words, and can handle a few site words and blends too. I’m so proud of her!
Posted March 5th, 2016. Add a comment
I found a vine growing in a bush at the edge of my yard today. The Japanese call it mountain grape, and I think it might be black currants. I extracted it from the bush, and made it a little bamboo teepee to grow on.
The leaves look a bit like grapes or berries, and the stems are powerfully sticky and hairy. It might be a weed, but if it is, it’s the most pampered weed in history. We’ll see.
I just had to throw in a photo of my very ambitious artichokes, too. If I had known how big they would grow, I don’t think I would have planted them.
Okay, it’s time to get busy with “real” life. I need to make a skype chat room for people doing The Plan at Simple Safelist. Some of them are going to make a fortune, but I need to be available to help them. I do have to go to work in a few minutes too. Two classes of 4 and 5 year olds. If nothing else, it’s not boring!