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Reflections of a Mother's Heart

Bath Tub Geography May 29, 2011

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:55 pm

Our home school curriculum (My Father’s World) puts a lot of emphasis on geography.  My kids and I have mapped routes of brave explorers, drawn the continents, labeled the Roman Empire, and memorized the major bodies of water and countries of the Middle East.

To encourage continuous review of this information, I bought a shower curtain called “The World” at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (with my great little coupon that comes in the mail).  It’s a clear curtain with a colorful map of all seven continents  with major cities, countries, states, and oceans labeled.

I hung it in my kids bathroom behind my cute themed fabric shower curtain.   So when you look in the bathroom, you don’t see “The World” and occupants of the shower have privacy that an otherwise clear shower curtain would not provide!  “The World” curtain acts as our shower liner and is hung so that when my kids are in the shower/tub, the map is facing them (it is backwards if you are outside the tub).

This gives my kids something to look at, memorize, and study while they lather up and rinse off.  (I am one for multi-tasking!)  Lindsay showed Luke one night where one of our missionary friends was traveling, and now Luke (at age 4) can locate Ethiopia!  I was able to show my little Luke where his Nana and Papa have just gone on their vacation.  I showed him where Nana and Papa live in South Carolina and where they flew to Boston and their trip up into Canada.  My mom and sister spent a few days last week in Texas, and I showed Luke where the plane took them from South Carolina across several states to the big state of Texas.  Then I asked him to show me where they went, and he could!

Bath time is also a great time to pray for missionaries!  We have several sets of friends serving in various countries around the world.  Showing the kids on the bath tub map where they serve and remembering to pray for them can keep our children mindful of others.

It really is amazing what kids can soak up in the tub with more than just their sponges!  We’re all about good, clean fun!

 

Bye Bye Birdies May 14, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:49 pm

When I checked the Purple Ribbon Nest this morning, I was not met with Mama Mockingbird’s  impassioned chirping or diving passes at me, so I suspected I would find an empty nest in my holly bush, and I did!  I was not too surprised because when I peeked at the twins yesterday afternoon, they were both perched on the side of their nest.  I knew it wouldn’t be long before they would find their wings and soar off to a life of their own.   I was somewhat sad that I had not witnessed their leaving, but the most important one in their lives had…their Mama!

I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned over the short weeks of watching these birds, like how I often worry about things that are seemingly a threat, but only a thought (like Mama Mockingbird carrying on over my cat behind a glass door who is too scared to go outside!) and how God cares for even the smallest of His wonderful creation!  All too soon, my neighbor has moved away, but I was privileged to watch her raise her babies in the Purple Ribbon Nest!

 

Homemade Lemonade May 11, 2011

Filed under: Recipes Worth Sharing — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:41 pm

There is nothing like a cold glass of lemonade on a warm, summer day.  Since we are getting into those lazy days of summer, I thought it would be fun to make lemonade for the kids.  After looking at a couple of different recipes online, this is how I made mine:

8 lemons

1 cup organic sugar

8 cups cold water

I juiced my eight lemons in my Jack LeLanne juicer and poured into a pitcher.  I added the sugar, cold water, and ice and stirred until the sugar dissolved.  This can be served in glasses (or plastic cups for the kiddos) over frozen strawberries, which act as the “ice” to keep the drink cold.  They also add their fruity flavor to the lemonade.  And besides, it makes for a pretty presentation!

This lemonade is not overly sweet, and I thought it was good.  It passed the kids’ approval, so we will make it again!

 

Joyful Chorus May 10, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:20 pm

It’s been six days since I’ve discovered these baby birds, and already they are singing a joyful chorus to me!  Okay, they are actually crying for Mama Mockingbird because they are hungry!  This is how my own kids look at around 3:00 each afternoon when they ask for a snack!

Mama Mockingbird is not very fond of me.  She does not like me peeking into her nest to take pictures of the twins, but I do it anyway and ask my kids to cover my back.  Mama has even noticed our cat who likes to sit and look out our front glass door.  One day over the weekend, Mama stood on a rocking chair near the front door and told our cat exactly how she felt about her presence, not that she was anywhere near her nest!  Mothers have a way of being very protective, don’t they?

I’ve enjoyed watching the twins grow up.  Like my friend, Karie, commented, I do hope that I will get to watch them fly away with strong wings of their own.  Before too long, it will be my turn to see my little ones take flight and leave the nest, but I am not as anxious about that!

 

The Babies are Here! May 4, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:27 pm

One of my friends came for a visit today and as she was leaving, I walked her over to my holly bush to show her the Purple Ribbon Nest with its eggs.  Well, when I carefully pulled the prickly branches aside, we found Mama Mockingbird sitting undisturbed, deeply tucked into her nest.  I was surprised she didn’t fly out at us, although thankful, because I can just imagine how loud my scream would have been!

When my friend left, I decided to show the kids that Mama Mockingbird was taking good care of her eggs, but this time when I pulled the branches back, she flew out of the bush!  That’s when Logan and I saw her eggs were no longer eggs, but two baby birds!  I couldn’t believe it!  It was exactly one week ago that I discovered the eggs, and now the babies have hatched!  The process of raising baby birds happens quickly!

Just look how content those little ones are…completely trusting the care of their Mama!  How much more so can we be confident in our Creator’s care!  Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not worth much more than they?”  (emphasis mine)

Don’t you think the “twins” love their home?  I can’t help but think it has something to do with the beauty of the purple ribbon!