Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's a frightening fact.... everything good or bad, is absorbed.

I have been reading Nurtured by love, by Suzuki, yes just started it! I was hit by this statement in the book:

"It is a frightening fact. By no means only words or music, but everything good or bad, is absorbed."

This is in his book, page 16 under the subtitle of The baby's body brims over with joy. In the story there is a gathering of families who are all learning violin by Suzuki, members of Talent Education, as he named it. This story is about one family in particular. His student is a six year old girl. She has been learning to play Vivaldi A-minor concerto. She practices it many times daily, along with listens to the music daily. She has an infant sister, age 5 months, who has also grown up on listening to the violin, and especially this specific piece of music. After the children preform, Suzuki stands to play a piece, and preform an experiment too! He begins playing Bach, and studies the baby the whole time he plays. The baby is well acquainted with the sound of the violin. He can see it in her face, the recognition of the sounds. She is intrigued as this is probably not a tune familiar to her. Then he switched to play Vivaldi A-minor concerto- the piece her sister had been playing and listening to daily. Almost instantly the baby's expression and attitude changes. She starts getting excited, she looks at her mother, with a look that almost says, "this is MY song!" The baby starts moving up and down to the rhythm, and her body and facial expressions scream that she is familiar with this song!
"In this way inspiration and interest are acquired involuntarily by an infant from everything he sees and hears, like a seed that is planted. This is what molds, forms, the character. That, I thought, was clear from what I had seen. It is a frightening fact. By no means only words or music, but everything good or bad, is absorbed.
I am sure most all parents have witnessed such an experience. Whether it's a cartoon character, or "that" commercial that was played during the show. Whether it was the loving words spoken to your child, or that one mean thing that you happened to say.
EVERYTHING our children are exposed to, becomes part of them. Those memories are stored away, and that is what shapes or children!
I'm definitely not saying that people can't change, or break the mold or decide they don't want that in their lives anymore~ ~ ~ but what I am saying is that until that moment comes, if it comes, to break the mold, that is what shapes our children.
So we must choose wisely, and truly think about every action, thought, and word that might come along. Everything that might become a part of that child!
We must plant good seeds, and nurture them- with LOVE!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Polluting the mind.... Brain candy.... And something to ponder.....

Another home educating mom mentioned this quote from an email she forwarded to a group I participate in....

Forty-two years ago, this statement was made in General Conference: “Many of the recommended reading lists of our public schools would have been classified as unacceptable less than a generation ago . . . Perhaps we should all become a lot more interested in what the school is recommending and making available to our children." 
Here's the link to the speech:

Did you notice this was quoted from 42 years ago!!!! Has it gotten any better? No way!

One friend had said once that things like Harry potter are just pure fun, she called it brain candy. Which got me questioning, what kind of treats do I want to feed my mind with?
Don't things like pornography, substance abuse, and adultery all begin somewhere small?
That "brain candy" is what begins us on a downward path, opening those doors that allow us to "have a little  fun" is what leads to great sin!

Thoughts to ponder!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quick, Easy, Health and oh so YUMMY Breakfast! A busy Mama's Dream!........

Quick, easy, healthy and OH SO YUMMY breakfast!  Not to mention it's also one of the easiest recipes to remember.

Whole wheat German pancakes!

We make this in out blender, it mixes it up nicely. We have a vita-mix and I can put a double recipe in it.
The following recipe is for 1 batch, and will fit in 1 glass 9x11 casserole dish. (Though we have a variety of sizes we use)
Preheat oven to 400
Put about 2-3 tablespoons of butter in each pan, place in oven to melt. This not only helps the pancakes from sticking, but also gives it flavor.
While it melts, blend the pancake mix.
*6 eggs
*1 cup flour
*1 cup milk
Sometimes we add some cinnamon or vanilla extract.

That's it!
Layer it in the blender, blend it, scrape the sides blend some more!
Watch your butter, you don't want it to burn. Then pour the mix into the pans and place it in the oven. It takes roughly 20 mins. It will bubble up, and get browned on the edges. That's when it's done!
Eat quickly, it deflates into a flat pancakes quickly! It may not look as appetizing but it still tastes yummy!
Make sure your wheat is ground fine or purchase a pastry/fine ground white wheat. Sometimes we use spelt, which is a very light flour. Sometimes we use a half and half blend or just the 100% white wheat. They have all worked out wonderfully.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Yes, I can read.......

I am not a huge fan of reading!
(I know shutter with fright! Dismay! Disbelief!)
I love the idea of reading, I love watching my children read, and read. However when I typically grab a book, I have a hard time finishing it. I have a hard time concentrating on it. My mind is active and thinking of all the other things I should/could be doing.
(Funny thing is, just the other day I was speaking with Papa Bear, about this very subject. He asked if I'd read a specific book recently.  I said no, I don't really have time to read. He laughed and said, every time I see you, your reading a book, and usually a different one. Well that might be true, but the other side he doesn't know is that I rarely finish a book!)
This is something I am working on. I am trying to set up a specific part of my day to read, free read. We do have a 30 min block that we call religious reading right after lunch. However I typically read aloud to my 3, 4 and 6 year old boys. Then I try to throw in a 15 minute or so reading of my own.
I am slowly working thru God's Smuggler
We read aloud during lunch time, but this is a family classic reading.
Sometime I try to read before bed, and our scriptures, but sometimes that's not something I have energy for.
I learned I CAN READ!!!!
I was considering reading Bambi to the children as their next classical read aloud. I have heard that many don't like it. I found it at the local DI (Thrift Shop) for $2 and thought well, I'll grab it and read it myself. And did I ever read it for myself! I started in on Thursday afternoon, during my daughter, CHARITY's  co-op dance class. I finished on Friday at 11:30, just before leaving for our homeschool park day and social activity!
Does that mean I'll read it aloud to my children, probably not! However it's one I'm fine with having on my shelf.
I love how descriptive the author is. You could all but "see" what you were reading.
The storyline??? Well it's very "real" And well seeing that Little House in the Big Woods had my little GALLANT, (4) up having nightmares.... this is probably not a good fit for us!
Yeah, that panther that chased Grandpa and jumped on his horse, that was too much for him. It might have to do with the neighbors cat that scared him one evening.

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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6