The things that raise my spirits are small and often considered insignificant. It was my children who taught me how to live in the present moment with joy. I couldn’t help but learn how to live as a child of God because I was surrounded by a crew of little people who greeted each morning…… Continue reading My Kids Taught Me The Key to Joy
Spirit to spirit: the wisdom of newborn babies I discovered the truth of this quote by C. S. Lewis as a mother and grandmother when I first looked into my newborn’s eyes. What I found most startling about infants is how aware they are, the obvious intelligence in their eyes. The baby in the womb and…… Continue reading Celebrating the Wisdom of a Newborn
I have always managed to keep my large families difficulties in perspective through humour.
I had a lot of fun creating a crocheted mouse house or doll house last week. It was so easy to make and I used scrap yarn. The shape is similar to an igloo created by inserting a rigid piece of plastic canvas into a crocheted sleeve and bending it into a doom shape with…… Continue reading A Crocheted Mini Doll House
My kids often solved their own problems. As part of a large family and busy household, they often came up with their own solutions to problems before I could help them.
After I saw patterns which used pieces of cardboard or plastic sheets with grids to make doll appliances, I thought of covering lego blocks with crochet to create an entire set of dollhouse furniture. It was simple to do and frankly, a lot of fun. The results were better than I even imagined. The base…… Continue reading Crochet DollHouse Furniture
This crocheted playbook was fun to create; I think it will provide hours of playtime. It is for a granddaughter’s Christmas gift if I can wait that long to give it to her. I wanted to make sure it was still fun to play with even if the extras which can be snapped on, were…… Continue reading A Crocheted Playbook: My Little House
It is important in our consumer-driven society to show kids they can create toys with things around the house.
I love how each generation of fathers are becoming more involved with childcare. My husband was much more involved with our children than his father ever was and my sons are even more comfortable changing diapers and bathing infants. all paintings found at http://www.upworthy.com/dad-and-daughter-relationships-as-explained-by-10-paintings One of my son-in-laws says that he could never see himself as…… Continue reading A Salute to 21st Century Fathers
When parents are creative, using what is on hand to make do instead of constantly running to the store for ingredients or supplies, we teach our kids to be resourceful. It is a talent which they can apply to their studies, the workplace, for entertainment as well as in their day-to-day lives at home. All…… Continue reading Making Something Out of Nothing
Crocheting is a cheap, eco-friendly way to bless kids and to encourage simple, back to basics play.
Does this disagreement really have to do with morality, common sense or responsibility or is it simply a matter of taste, choice or opinion?
I laughed when a friend sent me an amusing video, a song composed by a family of 12, sung to the tune of the Christmas carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas”.. . The video is hilarious because it is composed of phrases directed to large families, phrases I have heard for decades. . You must…… Continue reading Are They All Yours ?
This is a tiny sample of the some of the beautiful paintings and photos from my Pinterest board called “painting children”. I had to force myself to choose these few images, leaving behind even more moving, funny, or sensitive portrayals of the children of the world. To discover more go to https://www.pinterest.com/motherofnine9/painting-children/ by Greg not Greg
When I was a child, we hopped on bikes without helmets, only wore sunscreen at the beach and ate peanut butter sandwiches.
Life was especially chaotic after the birth of our eighth and ninth children because everyone was still fourteen and under. It was difficult to keep a sharp eye out for my new bundle of energy, Daniel. As our second youngest, Daniel’s basic character has always been pleasant and easy-going. His eyes are still twinkling and…… Continue reading Don’t Let the Dog In and Don’t Let Daniel Out
Mommy, Mommy, When you Pray, by Kimberly Cook, is a delightful picture book, written and illustrated by a mother with an eye for colour and an ear for lyrical language. This little book will capture the hearts and minds of children as well as their parents. Images and words work together harmoniously as her colourful illustrations and words…… Continue reading Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray?
The simplest way to play with our kids is in nature, especially with pets or farm animals. Have you noticed how a toddler delights in the mere glimpse of a dog or cat? Even a goldfish on the counter or a hamster in a small apartment will fascinate a small child with their antics. For…… Continue reading Fall Edition of Tender Tidings Parenting Magazine
5 Catholic mum bloggers challenge today’s culture on the value of motherhood Ontario, Canadian mum Melanie Jean Juneau is a love rebel— one of 5 moms who have chosen to pursue the vocation of motherhood over their careers or personal goals. Along with four other Catholic moms, she shares her stories of mothering despite living…… Continue reading New Anthology Encourages Mums
Raising children is definitely not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power and wealth. . . Exactly how society forms the next generation will directly influence the kind of society they turn create. . Do we want a world focused only on the accumulation of wealth? Are…… Continue reading Mothering