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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Final Evening Carelink Meeting (5/14/13)

Reading & Our Kids...Faith & Our Kids
  
Ruthie shared with us the story of the “Carrot, the Egg and the Coffee Bean”.  The story centers around this question:  "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"  A very inspiring story…I hope you take an opportunity to read it by clicking on the link:  http://www.learningplaceonline.com/living/inspiration/cup-coffee.htm
  
Ruthie also shared the following verses: 
  
John 9:3 - “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 
  
Proverbs 3:5-6 –Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
  
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 –Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
  
Philippians 4:6-7 –Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  
We were blessed with a panel of three women (who are moms and involved in Kids’ Ministries at First MB Church) for our final Evening Carelink meeting of the 2012-2013 year.
  
Yep!  You read correctly. Last meeting…. Whaaa!  Our panel presenters were Lori G., Sara F., and Susan P.  We received so many awesome handouts and recommendations & pointers. Since there was so much information I have chosen just a few highlights from the evening…and here they are:
  
  1. Encouraging Bible verse to share with your children:  Deuteronomy 6
  2. Magazine to subscribe to (that is free) – Thriving Family.
  3. Something to share with your children – yourself and your faith. 
  4. Read to your children often/daily – Recommended author: Mo Williams
  5. How to use the phrase, “Uh, oh. This is so sad” (in a sing-song voice) from the DVD "How to Raise Kids Who Make Responsible Decisions When Nobody's Watching" by Dr. Charles Fay.  (Warning:  be careful when you Google this, you may get accidentally click on a very bouncy song from Lumidee, which isn’t really the message you want to send to your children.)
  
One of my favorite moments from the evening was when Lori G. shared with us that 8:00pm is “bedtime” for her children and time for and her husband to have time alone.  The rule is unless the child is experiencing one of the three “B’s” she is expected to stay in her room.  I know, you are asking yourself, “What are the three B’s?”
  
Drumroll please…….. Bleeding, Barfing and Bathroom.  Bathroom, take care of yourself but the other two come to mommy or daddy.
  
Love it!  I am totally taking this one! 
  
DATES TO REMEMBER:
  
June 1, 2013 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Family Ice Cream Social – FMBC East playground. Bring your family and an ice cream topping.  Bring your scooters, bikes and toys for your children to play on in the parking lot or grassy open space.
  
This is your final blog from your Evening Carelink Blogger (ECB) – Kendra R.

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