Teaching our babes about Jesus

This year when I sat down to write goals and be inspired for 2018 in my business nothing came to me.  There was nothing...just blank pages!!   But I didn’t put much thought into the “why” because…..parenting, sleepless nights, traveling, holidays, flu virus,....all the things! You know the drill.  I was tired and my brain works at like 40% these days.  As I started thinking more and more about what I’m passionate about and what type of goals I would even want to focus on the Lord kept leading me to be inspired in my motherhood.  My personality is a go-getter type. I love to have goals and challenges and this year my focus has shifted a bit to be challenged in my motherhood.  As I scroll through instagram or flip through magazines what has stood out are the crafts to do with kiddos and the adventures to take them on.  

 

Hudson is 4 this month and Ford is 18 mos.  They are both at an age where their little minds are growing.  They’re playing with each other and they’re paying attention more to what’s going on around them.  A few weeks ago I was playing “solo parent”, because Jordan got caught in the blizzard of the century in Boston and didn’t come home for a few days, I was doing all of the bedtime routines alone.  As I laid in bed with Hudson I asked him if he wanted to pray.  He answered, “But when I pray God doesn’t hear me.  He never says anything back!”.  Usually Jordan is the one to do the bedtime drill with him while I rock Ford to sleep so this conversation was a first for me.  I was in tears thinking about all of the time I have with him and how it quickly slips away.  And as I do have time with him….what am I instilling in him?  What am I teaching him about Jesus?  I’m not the organized type so being intentional for me is a stretch.  I like to go with the flow and react rather than come prepared.  But seeing how fast these years are going by has me really inspired to think ahead and do some fun challenges with the babes to teach them about Jesus.

When I asked on social media what other moms do to teach them….there wasn’t a lot out there.  I think this is honestly a need.  Teaching doesn’t come naturally for a lot of us.  So for me, I need guidelines.  But I’m finding that I’m just going to have to make my own.

 

As I come up with little “lesson plans” i’m going to share with all of you so you can also use it for your babes at home!  It’s been fun to watch Hudson engage and learn from what we are teaching him!!  Share with us how you teach your babes! We would love to hear!

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Here's what we've been doing a couple of mornings during the week! And don't worry, I wonder if Hudson is paying attention at all or so annoyed or whatever! But I know it's just about slowly planting these seeds that will one day grow! So give your babes grace if they aren't that into it! :) . Also bribing with m&ms is always a solution! just sayin!

 

 

CHARACTER OF GOD: Creator

VERSE: In the beginning, God Created the heavens and the Earth.  Genesis 1:1

MORNING ROUTINE: During breakfast read a Bible story from the Rhyming Bible.  We have started with Genesis (obvi) and are talking about how God created the heavens and the Earth.  

CRAFT: As we are talking about how God created the heavens and the Earth, we are focusing on how He is a creator and he gives us the gifts and ability to create things too.  He even gave Noah plans to create and build an ark that saved his family's lives.  So we have tied in the Bible story about Noah and the Ark as well.  With that our craft has been to create a rainbow that shows the promise of God that God created himself.  It was super simple and easy to make.  Just buy some pipe cleaners on amazon, cut out cloud shapes on white paper and glue cotton balls to them.   Let your kiddos stretch the cotton balls out so that they are "cloudy".  They can also do the twisting of the pipe cleaners or pick out the colors.  I also bought Popsicle sticks to build a boat...but Hudson wasn't into it! :) 

   

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SONG:

To learn scripture that goes along with the lesson, we have been playing a kids worship song from "Seeds Family Worship".  They have an album that teaches about the character of God which is amazing!  The music is good and you wont want to crawl in a hole when you listen ;) I've played it for Hudson probably 5 times and he already sings it by himself.  Jordan has also been singing it with him at bedtime! <3

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These are a few little books that I bought at Barnes and Noble that are a fun little addition.  This is the Noah's Ark story book that I read to him to tie in our craft! You can find them here.

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To keep us reminded about the verse we are working on and the character we are talking about, we are using our little chalkboard wall to write on!

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Tag us on instagram and show us how you are teaching your kids!!! <3 

Hey there, mama!

Routines and babies and responsibilities and all the responsibilities.  Becoming a mom for me was like the crash course on how do LIFE as an adult.  I went from working for myself, waking up whenever I wanted to, traveling all the time, setting my own work hours, going to the gym 5 times a week, leaving the house alone with no one dragging behind me holding onto the back of my shirt while I choke on my coffee and try not to slam any fingers in the car doors, you know all the responsibility free lifestyle situations...to the opposite of all of those things.  

 

Becoming a mom opened up a lot of things that I had never dealt with in my life. On the surface what it ended up looking like was just a lot of anxiety.  I knew that at the core were a lot of roots that were attached to many things.  I worried about Hudson’s health, was he okay? Is he growing fast enough? Is he developmentally where he needs to be?  I worried about his safety.  Are these foods going to make him sick? Is he buckled up tight enough? Is he buckled up too tight? Is swaddling safe? Is he still breathing?  Can I breathe for him?  I worried about if I knew what I was doing.  Do I put him to sleep now or later?  Will I remember to feed him?  Did I bring the diapers?  Will someone tell me how to do this, please?!?!?! Yall! I’m KNOW that so many of you relate to this.  The tasks associated with the call to motherhood are a lot.  I can tell you that.  Of course it’s rewarding, yes.  But it’s a constant process of dying to selfishness and serving someone unconditionally.  Serving them because you love them, that’s all.  Whew! That was a heart lesson for me.  I have never understood unconditional love until this season.  I could talk for hours on what surfaced in my heart in the last 4 years.  And I have no idea what will continue to be ripped out and cleared out so that new, fresh life can grow.    

 

I have learned to not listen to the lies of worry.  Worry leads to NOTHING good.  I’ve worked to evaluate if that thought is a caution that I should listen to or if it’s a fear that is irrational.  If it’s a caution to pay attention to then I work to find a solution and strategy to protect Hudson and Ford against whatever it is that could be bad for them.  I feel that caution a lot when it comes to their health.  There are so many unknowns when it comes to the decisions we have to make for our babies for their health.  So my husband and I have committed to adding things into their lives to be PROACTIVE instead of reactive.  And BENEFICIAL instead of potentially detrimental.  

 

A big contributor to the proactive side of their health is adding in oils.  Nearly every day I say to my husband or my friends that I don’t know what I would do if we weren’t able to grab some of these oils to help our babies.  In this season of life if there is something that will make our lives more convenient and safe then I go for it.  I’ve learned that it isn’t the season for me to take on a lot more that I can handle and it IS the season to invest in things that I trust whether that’s with money or time.  

 

I have seen countless testimonies from mamas pour in on how they have helped those little bodies.  So I want to share with you some of the most common go-tos I have seen from these sweet mamas.

 

Here are two and more will come!  

 

+Immunity + Sleep

Everyone wants to keep babes healthy.  And everyone wants to get those toddler to bed quick.  Remember to always check the dilution ratios for your babes before applying.  You can find that on Young Living’s blog here.


 

+IMMUNITY ROLLER

+5 Drops Thieves +5 Drops Lemon +Two pumps of Liquid Coconut oil or V6 Carrier

We apply this to Hudson’s feet daily in the mornings and especially before he goes to his school.


+SLEEP ROLLER

+Kidscents Sleepyzie applied to feet

OR

+5 Drops Lavender +5 Drops Orange +3 Drops Cedarwood + Two pumps of Liquid Coconut oil

OR

+5 Drops Lavender +3 Drops Trauma Life +3 Drops Dream Catcher + Two pumps of Liquid Coconut oil

We apply the sleep blend to Hudson’s feet, chest and back of neck before doing our bedtime routine.