Saturday, February 25, 2017

Early Care and Education Series (Movie Night)

I saw this movie with my family two years ago when it debuted
(and I knew then) that it was much more than just a "kids' movie"

Disney Pixar's depiction of character emotions:

Joy
Sadness
Anger
Disgust
Fear

starts the conversation that we need to have
as we take a closer look

at the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

Information Board




Movie Night

Activity Stations
"Sadness" Activity Station
Shades of Blue Painting
Sadness Puzzle
Pipe cleaner bracelets
(stringing mini plastic straws)

"Joy" Activity Station
Blowing Bubbles
Yellow Collage
Music Making (Maracas)

"Anger" Activity Station
Soft Clay Sculpting
Bubble Wrap Popping
"Shake the Box" Waffle Ball Painting
Stringing Large Beads

How do you talk to children about their emotions?

Up next... open-ended painting

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sing Like a Bird

I was working at my desk when I heard it...

beautiful sound
hint of praise
promise of spring

and I looked out of the window

to search
to find

him and
his song

Can you see him?

loud

and powerful
and clear

as he sat perched there singing his little heart out

and as I sat back down at my desk and continued typing
I couldn't help but smile because I could still hear him

over

radio
keystrokes
office noise

and through a glass window

(he refused to let any barrier overpower his beautiful song)

because

"I sing because I'm happy"... he sang
"I sing because I'm free"

(then I joined in)

because

what's the point of even singing a beautiful song

loud

and powerful
and clear

if no one can still hear it

over
through

even while in the midst of...

their office noise

Friday, February 17, 2017

There Ain't No Title For This

There ain't no title for this...

no words
no logical explanation

for how this has happened

yesterday
I sat to write a letter to my son

Be Strong

and

today
I sit to free write for five minutes

turn on the computer
open the link

and see

that the word for the day just happens to be...

weak

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Be Strong

I passed a young man on the street today
and thought of you...

smart
kind
talented
strong

everything that I knew you'd be really

and my prayer
is that you continue to

grow in God
seek His face
stay in His will

because even though the hardest part about "letting you" grow up
has been the knowing that you will experience some hurt in the process

I realize that...

pain is in God's plan too

and when I saw that young man today
I remembered something you told me once

Mom...

you don't get strong when you just hold a weight
you get strong when you lift it

Back in 2006 we sang... "Be Blessed"

"Be Blessed"
Bishop Paul S. Morton


(Click here to start at the beginning)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In Search of True Love

We were looking in the wrong place

eyes glazed
mind dazed

hoping for

pretty
perfectly packaged
products

But instead ended up with His...

Bloody
beaten and bruised
body

And while others were content rushing about with arms full of their earthly treasures,
we knew that it was true love when all we found...

was an empty tomb

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our Life Together... 17 Years Safe

It's our anniversary weekend
and today's prompt makes me smile...

as I thank God for the 17 years

I've been

physically
spiritually
emotionally

safe

with you



And I know...

that not everyone

lives
loves
life

like this

so I am grateful

for you
for us
for them

another year together
another day

and there is not one single thing that I would change


Thursday, February 9, 2017