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True happiness…

Once again, both of the boys are sick.  Not the gross sickness of last time (was that really only 2 weeks ago?), but a feverish, coughing sick.  And we didn’t even get to do my last H activity (though that wasn’t due to the sickness – just some late week business).  I might add that into an early-week activity this week, if we can get going through all of this sick mess.

But I wanted to share with you the reason I chose this specific verse for the letter H.

Be Happy...

“…be happy with what you have.” 1 Timothy 6:6 (also found in Hebrews 13:5).

I chose this verse because this is something I struggle with on a daily basis, and I would love to have EJ and Dieter not fight with this as they grow.  A couple years ago, I was struggling so hard with wanting more than I had – and I even had the best things in life…  A loving husband, a new baby boy, a wonderful home, and the opportunity to stay at home with my new baby.  But I had just left a job that afforded us many luxuries that we would not be able needlepointto maintain while I stayed at home, and I struggled so hard with that.  I did not rejoice in the ways that God was providing for us – I was angry that I saw others with what I (in my flesh) wanted.  Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who helped me through what was a very rough time for him (a new dad being the sole provider for his family, having to deal with a very materialistic and greedy wife), and we found this verse together.  I needed this verse always before my eyes, so I hand-stitched the verse, framed it and hung it right next to my kitchen sink, where I would see it daily.

It is my prayer that by introducing this verse to EJ early in his life, he will learn how well God does provide for us, and what we have is the best for us in every way.  In my mind, it’s kind of a warm-up verse for Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13.  What a gift to be able to know this early in life!

I don’t want this to become a trite reminder in our house, though.  While I would love to match every whine of EJ’s with “Be happy with what you have!”, I think he would become hardened to it.  I pray that I will know when and how to encourage him with this verse, and I hope that I will be able to model this verse for both of the boys throughout my life. 


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Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Twirly helicopter up close

One of the reasons I am excited about homeschooling the boys is that I will get to see the joy in their faces as they learn or try something new…  The joy on EJ’s face when he realized H was for helicopter, and more importantly, his momma knew how to make helicopters… ah, this is one of the faces I hope I can remember in the middle of a tantrum.

Remember those twirly-helicopter-things from when you were a child?  I thought I did, too – until the ones I cut didn’t fly.  They just kind of flopped.  So I tried folding up the bottom – still flopping – then I added a paper clip to the bottom as well.  That worked beautifully (I also tried not folding the bottom up and just using the paper clip, but they didn’t do as well as both folding and paper-clipping)!  When I finally looked this activity up online, I saw that many other sites recommend some extra cuts and some extra folds on the bottom half of the helicopter – I didn’t want to mess with all that “extra” work, and my simple version worked very well!

I cut up, folded, and paper-clipped a nice little pile of them to try to save me from having to bend over to pick one up every. single. time.

pile o' helicopters

Then, using extreme caution, I stood EJ up on a chair in the kitchen and let him at it.  Really, I was quite careful – I was next to him the entire time…. I thought he might have more fun if the helicopters flew from higher up.  And he did – have tons of fun, I mean. 

Flying helicopters

I think in this picture he was making helicopter sounds or something similar. 

Flying helicopters

OK, so I was standing right next to him the whole time, except when I was laying on the floor. 

Flying helicopters

 We had so much fun playing with these helicopters.  We even had helicopter races!  I think this would be a really fun activity for older children, too – perhaps to experiment with the shape of the helicopters, as well as the amount of weight more paper clips would add to them.  We’ll file this one away to come back to in several more years. 


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