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Fruity Breakfast July 24, 2012

Filed under: Recipes Worth Sharing — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:25 pm

Logan had an orthodontist appointment yesterday, and Luke and I sat in the waiting room while I read books and magazines he brought over to me.  In a Highlights magazine, we found a recipe for a healthy breakfast.  He wanted to try it this morning, so this is what we did (recipe tweaked a little):

I put cottage cheese on the bottom of a small glass dish, topped with peaches and bananas, and sprinkled the top with Pumpkin Flax Granola cereal.  Two out of my three kids ate it all.  Luke discovered he does not like cottage cheese.  Oh well, we’ll keep trying!

 

Logan’s Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Filed under: Recipes Worth Sharing — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:18 pm

Yesterday afternoon was so hot, so I told my boys that I would make them a smoothie.  Logan told me exactly what he wanted in his smoothie, and that’s how I made it.  It was so delicious, the boys finished every last drop (at least what didn’t end up on their faces!).  Here’s the recipe:

1/2 bag of frozen, mixed berries

yogurt (vanilla or fruity) and milk to consistency

mini chocolate chips

We blended the frozen fruit first, added the yogurt and milk to our preferred consistency.  The chocolate chips were added last.  Before I served to the boys, I poured some of the smoothie mixture into popsicle containers to freeze for a treat later.

 

 

P2P Getaway Weekend July 23, 2012

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 5:39 pm

My twelve-year-old daughter, Lindsay, and I just went away on a Passport2Purity weekend the beginning of July.  Dennis and Barbara Rainey are the authors of this biblically-based program, and as the parents of six children themselves, they have experience!  Passport2Purity is a helpful tool used by moms and daughters or dads and sons to share some of life’s important issues that adolescents face, including the sex talk.  The overall emphasis is more on maintaining purity in every way, not just maintaining a virgin status.  The program is very well done, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

You can use the program with multiple children and for boys and girls (you would just have to order another passport and child’s journal for an additional child).  They recommend planning a weekend like this for your child  between the ages 9 and 13, but highly recommend doing it before the teenage years.
P2P is a set of CD’s, parent book, passport (that you present to the child at the end), and a child’s journal.  There are a total of 5 sessions you will listen to on the CD’s.  The weekend schedule is laid out well, so you know what you are doing and when.  Basically, Friday night contains 2 sessions (first one begins in the car as you drive to your destination), and the child uses his or her journal to fill in the blanks.  Each session contains a special project which is fun, hands-on, and applies to the lesson.  (This does require prep work on your part, so I recommend you review the parent book a minimum of 2 weeks prior.  Also, both parents write a letter to the child and this requires prep work.)

On Saturday morning you will listen to Sessions 3 and 4, and session 3 contains the sex talk (I recommend you listen to Session 3 specifically before the weekend so you know what he’s going to say!).  Then Saturday afternoon, you plan a fun activity to do.  Lindsay and I had a pedicure and went shopping! Session 5 is done late Saturday afternoon and you present a gift you’ve bought (Bible, jewelry, etc.).  I presented Lindsay with a sterling silver purity ring from her daddy and me.  Afterwards, we went out to dinner to celebrate at a very nice restaurant (a restaurant without a play place!).
It was definitely a memorable weekend, and her tears near the end of the weekend showed me that this had made a profound impression upon her heart.  I loved that special time with her, and I think she will always remember it.  Pour lots of prayer into the weekend ahead of time that the Lord would prepare your heart  and your child’s.

 

Bingo at RMH July 5, 2012

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 5:25 pm

My family volunteered Monday night to lead Bingo at the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte.  We arrived a little early, so we were given a tour by another House volunteer.  This RMH has been open for only a year and is absolutely gorgeous, boasting 35,000 square feet of living space and 28 lovely rooms!  From the huge fish tank in the reception area, the cozy fireplace living room groupings with large flat screen tv’s, and the beautiful commercial-size kitchen to the play room for little ones, laundry room, and teen room complete with movies, computers, and games, this house has it all.  Brad commented, “This is the nicest place I hope I never have to stay.”

With different activities throughout the week for guests, Monday nights are Bingo nights.  We spread the prizes across a table and added some prizes of our own that we had brought (candy bars).  Seven guests played with us, each of our kids taking turns to spin the numbers and call them out.  The guests had a lot of fun, even getting a friendly competition going! 

Here is Luke calling out the numbers, confirming with Dad first, as he practices saying double digits!

I really enjoyed this opportunity because the Ferguson Five could participate together!  The RMH has lots of volunteer jobs, and we plan to go back as part of the Cookie Crew beginning in September.  The RMH has a cookie crew come in every day and make fresh baked cookies for their guests.  We will get to make and bake homemade chocolate chip cookies in their beautiful kitchen!  What  a blessing to make cookies and love on others!

I encourage you to volunteer with your children in your community.  There are lots of places to start:  soup kitchens, nursing homes, clothing closets, pregnancy centers, food pantries, or pet shelters.  It’s easy to send a check to your favorite charity or organization, but working side-by-side your children in an atmosphere of giving back is priceless!  They are learning life skills and learning that putting others first is very rewarding.  Here is a great article on volunteering with your children for further information and tips:  http://www.compassionatekids.com/volunteering.shtml