Saturday, July 31, 2010

Beginning of School Inspiration

"Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe,
a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children?
We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed,
there has never been another child like you.
Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel.
And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you,
a marvel?
You must work, we must all work, to make the world
worthy of its children."

~ Pablo Casals ~

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Creating a Sense of Wonder...

...in our children begins with nature appreciation.
You don't have to be a nature lover, a naturalist, a horticulturist, or a great painter...
...to fully appreciate God's world.
Just start walking.
He will meet you halfway.
Your efforts will help to...
Model Stewardship
Inspire Respect
 
Expand Knowledge.
Instill a sense of wonder.
Encourage Exploration.
Ignite Curiosity
Nurture Creativity
Appreciate God's creation
We visited Sharngri La Botanical Gardens this summer.
Just start walking.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The 5th of July

Cheeseburgers w/ Toasted Buns
French Fries
Watermelon
Fresh grown cucumbers
Tomatoes and Sauted Onions
Lettuce
Pork Ribs & Hot Dogs
And Blackberry Arbor Mist  :-)

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

I'm writing over at the Lake Charles American Press with information, thoughts, ponderings, links, and a lesson plan to share with your children on the recent Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Please visit me there and feel free to share these columns with your family and friends:

Facing the Gulf
The Spirit of Louisiana
Gulf Coast Oil Spill Lesson for Kids

Bike Riding in July

Friday, July 2, 2010

Summertime Shimmer

Summertime is really busy, isn't it? Too busy for blogging much. I was lamenting this recently but I quickly reminded myself that the "doing" is better than the "blogging."

Still, this blog is above all my family's scrapbook and I don't want to leave Summer 2010 completely blank. I want my children to click on this space in the future and see the doing.

I also don't want anyone to mistakenly think that all my children do is watch Netflix all day long. LOL ;-)

So, if you're taking a respite from the heat and visiting my little Cajun Cottage online, welcome to a piece of our Summertime Shimmer.

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Mark and I are excitedly and happily waiting on our new Godchild---#8 for me-#5 for him and blissfully our 1st together). We can't wait to meet this little guy and my girls and I are getting to enjoy browsing through the baby aisles and ohing-n-ahing at the sweet blush of babyhood. It's a woman thing. :-)

Our annual summertime hike over the crosswalk followed by a stop at the ice cream shoppe.
Girl's Club Banquet with good friends.
The Jetties in Cameron, La.
The beach with Oma and Opa.
A ride on the ferry across the canal.
Lots and lots of visits from friends and cousins because no summer is summer without them.
Vacation Bible School---so much fun!
Dance Recital
After recital celebration!
Hope my readers are having an equally busy and enjoyable summer.

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