Soul shaking influence (poem)

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Since I’ve been talking about my big kid here on the blog lately, I thought I would share a poem that I wrote last year about her. I know it isn’t the type of content I usually publish here, but I thought you might enjoy it. Also, it gave me an excuse to share one of my favorite pictures of her at age four.

(And if you’re ever interested in more of my creative writing, you are invited to visit my personal blog. The Love Songs are my favorite.)

Sometimes I’m not sure which I find more startling as a parent: the things they do which are the perfect echo of myself or the things about them which are so entirely unique to them, bursting forth
without any influence.  I think those thoughts are where today’s words come from.

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Let’s hear it for the big kids!

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When people ask me how I survived the years when we had two children under the age of two, and later three children under the age of five, my answer is always that it was (and is) in part because of my wonderful oldest daughter Jillian.

We did not choose or set out to have an almost five year age gap in between our first born and our second oldest child, it is just the way things worked out for us.  We also didn’t necessarily plan to have our last three children in such quick succession either (don’t you just love when you have one set of plans and then God has another, always better, idea?)

Jillian’s cheerful, helpful, happy nature makes her such an awesome big sister. And while, like her mother, she’s a bit on the introverted side and doesn’t brag about herself, I don’t mind bragging about her at all – she’s a terrific kid!

For this week’s Friday Five I want to talk about and celebrate my big kid!  There’s so many wonderful things about having older children.

Here are just a few of my favorite things about big kids:

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Waving the white flag and other perfectly acceptable things for busy seasons of life {vlog}

SpringKidsHip, hip, hooray for Spring days!

Long time, no vlog my friends.  But, here I am, sneaking away a few moments to chat with you thanks to the iphone’s video camera (so forgive me for the even less stellar than usual quality).

If you’ve got six minutes to give yourself a time out as we begin this week, here are a few thoughts from me on waving the white flag and other perfectly acceptable things for busy seasons of life:

(note:  if you’re viewing this via email or a reader you may need to click through to the blog in order to watch the video)

Video notes:
– I’m going to be doing VEDA (vlog every day in April) or at least VMA (vlog *most* days in April).  You can find that on my YouTube channel, if you’re interested.  I won’t be sharing all of them here on the blog.

– sorry about the barking squirrel crazy dog around 4:16  :-)

– Aimee’s post on Simple Bites about Non Suppers can be found here:
http://www.simplebites.net/ten-guilt-free-non-suppers/

Here’s to popcorn and apple slices for dinner, friends!
Best wishes,
Kara

FREE Resources for Moms: The Mom Conference (updated)

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Note:  there are affiliate links in this post.  Thanks for your support!

Are you a perfect mom? Ha, yeah, me either. Sure, we want to be bulletproof for our families, but we all know that none of us are perfect. Fortunately, there’s a FREE, ONLINE event coming up that will help you be even more perfectly un-perfect!

I’m looking forward to joining Desi Ward, host of The Mom Conference and creator of The Unconventional Kitchen, at her FREE, ONLINE event, The Mom Conference April 7 through April 14 (please note the new name and the new dates. Thanks!)

At the event, over 30 mom bloggers will teach you their tricks, tips and secrets.

As Moms, I think it is important that we share our strengths because we all know that at times motherhood can be overwhelming. You know the whole idea; “I’ll do your laundry if you do my dishes?

At The Mom Conference, we’ll gather together to learn from each other.

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Storytelling Ideas and Story Starters

Storytelling can be intimidating, right?  Some parents worry that they won’t know what to talk about, how to craft the story, that it won’t be interesting enough to hold their child’s attention. Let’s face it: in this animated, electronic, mini-series world it can feel like we’re in a tough competition for our kids’ attention.

Sometimes, even if storytelling does come very naturally to us, by the time bedtime rolls around, we’re simply too tired from a day of parenting to come up with something creative and engaging on the spot. I don’t know about you, but I often think of the perfect thing to say after the moment has passed and this happens when I’m put on the spot to tell a story sometimes, too.

So, most parents rely on books, which are totally wonderful and you’ll never catch me being down on reading to your kids. No way!  Full bookshelves, reading the classics and discovering new favorites with your kids is a terrific thing.

However, I think we miss a valuable opportunity for creativity, self-expression, and an opportunity for bonding with our kids if we never branch out into storytelling and make up our own stories to tell our children.

Plus, making up stories is a great excuse for silliness and who doesn’t need more of that in their life?

I know that “tell me a story” can be a phase that parents begin to dread.  But, the truth is, this is one of those areas where I think parents tend to over-think the task. We worry too much about perfection, but no elaborate plots or theater degrees are needed.

Children love simple stories and they love it when we are the ones telling them.

So, today I am going to share some very simple ideas for storytelling and give you a few story starters, too.

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