We're going on our third week of this vacation emptied of scheduled activities and agendas - full of new adventures and relationship.
Although I know it, this time away has shown me the value of not overly-busying our children. Our children have been thriving on space to explore, time to use their imaginations, experiences to share in with one another, time to just be together and problem solve together, and time to keep a momentum in their play and relationship.
Just one of the things we have implemented on this trip, in our duration in one location, has been our own reading program with prizes to keep it exciting, using Brown Paper Packages fantastic system.
Robby went straight to the beach, this morning, to explore with the binoculars he selected.
Included in that prize box are, "Date with mom/dad to the ice cream parlor," certificates - another special little nugget to fill our time.
|Robby has cruised through all four of his Adventures in Odyssey: Imagination Station books and I have been reading Alexa the cutest little chapter book series, Natalie.|
|We have been going to the library for other books to read to Drew and Madeline and picked up the first two Little House on the Prairie books, which we have been reading as a family.|
Robby has also informed me that he wants to make maple syrup over snow (to harden like candy) on his birthday because his birthday is in the winter like it was in the book. Suddenly, Pokeman and Bakugan isn't the only way to celebrate a birthday!
It just warms my heart to watch them re-enact a good book we just read - to play together imaginatively and to have an appreciation for the hard work it used to take to live. There is so much value to be gained in reading a good book together.
This all sounds a little like a no-brainer to me as I write it, but no. Our lives can get very choppy at home, coming and going. Yes, that is life. And it is only going to get busier as our children get older. But we can be intentional now about how much we put on their plate.
There is no better way to learn about life, love, service, and relationship; no better way to prepare one to go out into the world knowing who they are, what exactly they have to offer, and what is truly important than within the circle of time spent with family.
Created for a reason.
A gift at your fingertips.
#135-#155 of thankfulness for
the soft, silky touch of an infants cheek against mine
songs around the fire pit
Observing the heart of a nearly five-year-old
watching her full of adoration for her aunt and new baby
small hands holding and kissing their infant cousin
special times with sister and brother in-law
sitting with children reading through Little House in the Big Woods and other books
crab hunting on the beachslugs
legs learning to walk
hearts growing in love
working my way to One Thousand Gifts and beyond of gratitude and linking up with Multitudes on Mondays at Holy Experience, Sol Deo Gloria at Finding Heaven, and Playdates at The Wellspring