Creation Week: On the Second day

Genesis 1: 6-8  6. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the mist of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  7. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.  8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Water is everywhere!  Oceans, rivers, ponds, and lakes are just the most obvious places we find water.  There is also water under the ground and there is also large amounts of water found in the air.  One of the most obvious places water is found in the air is clouds.  Clouds are made of mostly water and air.  A single cloud may contain one hundred to one thousand tons of water.  ( Just for fun identify the clouds: Cirrus clouds, Cumulus clouds, Stratus Clouds and Fog.)  Just for fun you can look up YouTube videos on cloud formation.

The air surrounding our Earth is called the atmosphere.  Our atmosphere is made up of many gases: 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, 1% other gases.   God created our atmosphere to sustain life.  The air around us provides life, protection from the sun, and keeps the earth from getting to hot or to cold.

Moving air is called wind.  When air’s molecules heat up they spread out.  When warm air expands it becomes less dense than the cool air which causes the warm air to rise.  As warm air rises cooler, denser air flows into its place.  Air is continually being warmed, and that warm air continually rises.  So cool air is continually taking its place.   This continual movement of air is what causes wind.

 

Here are some fun experiments to try:  1. The rain jar.  Set several jars throughout your yard in different spots.  After your first rain, measure the rain water right away.  You need to measure the rain water everyday and record your findings so you can tell how much water evaporated back into the air.  We do this during the Spring and Summer months.  This is a fun way of studying the water cycle.    2.  Make your own wind.  Find how many wind sources you can find in your home.  3. Make your own wind mill out of construction paper.

If you have any ideas you would like to share please share them in the comment section.

-Pamela Henry

It Starts With Me

I am learning that I set the tone in my home.  My attitude effects my home more than I would like it to.  It starts with me.  Are my actions lining up with my words?  Am I being the example that I need to be?  Am I teaching them kindness with my actions?  Am I teaching them forgiveness by being forgiving?  Am I teaching them mercy and grace with my interactions with them?

Very humbling to know that they are watching and learning from me.  I am not talking about learning from what I’m telling them but what I’m showing them.  I will be honest, I am not always the best example. Sometimes my patience runs very low.  Sometimes I get mad about all the bickering and I start to bicker also.  Sometimes I let the pressures of motherhood get me down and affect my attitude.

Attitude:  My husband likes to say your attitude effects your altitude. Your attitude can affect how you look at things, how you handle situations, and can effect how you react to others around you.  As a parent we want our children to have the right attitude.  As a parent we need to have a good attitude throughout our day no matter what is going on around us.

Actions vs Words:  Do we practice what we preach?  Are we living the attributes that we are trying to teach our children?  It is easy to say one thing but yet do another.  It is important to lead by example.  Our children are watching us, they are learning more from our actions than they are from our words.

Kindness:  Being kind is not just saying yes to everything your child wants.  It is not just smiling and letting your child do what ever they want.  You can be kind but firm all at the same time. You can discipline while still being respectful.  We can use our words to help and lead our child, or we can use our words to tare them down. I know I want my children to be kind to each other and to others.  I want them to be kind even when someone is not being kind to them. How are they going to learn to be kind to others if we are not kind to them in all situations.

Forgiving:  Are we being forgiving?  Do you forgive your spouse?  Do you forgive your children?  Are we showing our children how to forgive others?  Do you forgive and move forward?  Our children will learn more about forgiveness from us being forgiving.  We all mess up.  We all make mistakes.  We all want another chance. We all want others to forgive us.  So let us be forgiving of our children.  Remember they are still learning.

Mercy and Grace:  God extends mercy and grace to us daily.  We seek His forgiveness and we pray for grace as we move forward.  Are we extending that same mercy and grace to our children and our spouse.  Our children will not learn how to be merciful or gracious to others if we do not treat them with mercy or grace.

If I want a home full of love, forgiveness, kindness, mercy, and grace; It has to start with me.  It starts in my heart.  I need to make sure that every morning when I wake up that I pray for the right attitude.  I need to examine myself and make sure I am being a mother that is leading by example.

-Pamela Henry

Seasonal Clothing

It is that time of year again. Time to take out, sort through, fold, and hang up our Fall and Winter clothes!  Which means time to go through and put away our Spring and Summer clothes.

We have six bags full of light jackets and winter coats. Ones that are to small or to big for anyone to use at this time gets put back in a storage box.  Same with the long sleeve shirts and sweaters.

I also make sure everyone has what they need in the correct sizes. Which requires taking out the storage bins. Packing up the sizes that are getting to small and taking out the correct sizes.  If my oldest two need  something we make a list and go shopping. (My oldest is a boy, my second oldest is a girl.)

I have not posted anything lately because I have been drowning in Laundry!!!! Yes, it has to get done. A seasonal chore that can not be skipped over.

 

Real Life

 

Stay at home mom, homeschooling mom, you would think my house would be spotless.  After all I do have all day to keep it clean.

Here is the thing, we live 24/7 in our home. We have 8 people living here, 6 of them are 12 and under. We homeschool, so my children are home all day. I also have a 2 year old and a messy, curious autistic son. So messes happen, they happen a lot!

I am not trying to excuse a messy house. I am just stating that homes get messy at times. Do I leave it a big mess? No, that would drive me crazy. But the fact still remains that during the course of our day things get messy. You might find a pillow pet on the kitchen floor. You might think my main living area looks like a ‘what does not belong’ game. You might find dirty handprints on the wall.

You see I am not perfect. My home gets messy. My children get in trouble. I have clean laundry in a basket waiting to get hung up. I didn’t go grocery shopping this past weekend. I did not make a memu for this week. My husband was kind and got pizza on a Monday night.

So, never look at someone else and compare yourself to them. No Ones life is perfect. No one has it all together all of the time. No one has superpowers.  No one can do it all, all of the time.

So ladies be kinder to each other. Let us be more understanding. Let us extend more grace to each other.   Let us be more supportive of each other.

From one mom to another. Extend some grace to the lady in the mirror. Don’t be so hard on her. Don’t compare her to everyone else.  Give her the same understanding that you give to others.

-Pamela Henry

 

 

 

I Am Not Enough

I am not one of those “It takes a village” parents.  I also do not think I can do this journey of parenthood alone.  I am so thankful for my husband, Brian.  He is such a great husband and an even better father.  But the truth still stands that even on our good days as parents we still fall short.

God did give those wonderful children to Brian and I.  He did entrust them to us.  I am so honored that He did so, and not a day goes by that I am not thankful for our children.  God entrusted me with their hearts, minds, and their lives.  That my friend is not only a huge blessing, it is also a huge responsibility.  A responsibility that I do not take lightly.

You may ask, “What do you mean by you are not enough?”  Well, I mean without God and his strength I can not be the mother I need to be for my children.  I can not tend to their hearts like I need to without God. I can not teach my children what they need to learn without God. I can not effectively tend to the everyday tasks of life with children without God.  I am not enough with out God.  Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

I do not have enough patience. I am not a very patient person. I tend to run out of patience by lunch time. I am really working on this.  I know that I have to approach my children with the same grace and patience that God extends to me each day. I need to let God’s grace flow through me and extend it to everyone around me. When I get to the little Knot in my rope, I need to let go and let God work through me.  Clinging to the rope even tighter and trying  to make it in my own strength and power just makes me even more frustrated and does nothing good for me or my children.  In my weakest moments I am my strongest because that is when I see my need for God and He strengthens me.

I do not have enough grace.  Each morning when I wake up God gives me new grace for today.  He extends his grace to me. I have all the grace I need because God has a never ending supply of grace.  So why do I not have enough grace at times?  Well, it is because I do not go to God for His grace.  I do not go to Him  and ask for grace when my children need it the most from me.  Sometimes I let my Well of Grace run dry, and I do not go to God to fill it back up.  As a mother we need to extend grace to our children.  We need to keep our Well of Grace full and let God flow His grace through us.  Our children are constantly learning.  They are children, not adults. They are going to need grace as they are learning all about life.  We need to be teaching them all about God’s grace but more importantly we need to be giving them God’s grace everyday.

I do not have enough mercy.  There is a difference between letting your children get away with everything and extending mercy to them.  This is an area that I really am still learning in.  I do not have it all figured out.  My best example is Christ.  He extends mercy to me everyday.  Yet, I still have consequences to my actions, good or bad.  I know that I should be and that I want to be more merciful to my children.  The thing is I expect my children to be more gracious and merciful towards each other. Yet at times I do not lead by example.  I know that without Christ I can not extend mercy the way I need to.

I do not have enough time.  There is always more work to do than hours in a day.  I have to prioritize.  Working moms, stay at home moms, and work at home moms all have to prioritize.  We all have more work than time.  so, we need to be kinder and more understanding to each other.  A schedule that works for your family may not work for someone else’s family.   The one thing that we all need in at the top of our schedule is time alone with God.  Ladies if we are going to be fully equipped for our day, If we are going to try to have the right priorities for the day, if we are going to make the time we have count, then we need God leading our steps and we need time alone with Him.

I do not always have the right priorities.  Yep, I said it. I do not always have the right priorities. Sometimes I focus on nonessential things that are not really that important in the grand scheme of things.  Sometimes my focus is off.  Whenever I take my eyes off of God my focus is off and my priorities are off.  When this happens my parenting is off too.  When my parenting is off, my priorities are off, my focus is off everything becomes more chaotic around the house. That is when I start to feel less gracious, less merciful, and run out of patience and I get to the end of my rope. That is when I start to feel like I am loosing my grip on everything, so I cling even tighter. Do you see the downward spiral?  Yep, this is what happens when I do not keep God first.

So, when I say I am not enough. I am not saying I am not equipped to be a mother. I am not saying I can not do this.  I am not saying I should of not had all my children.  What I am saying is I need Christ.  I need Him to work in me and through me.  I am saying in Christ I have all I need to be the mother I need to be.  Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

-Pamela Henry

 

 

Yes, They Are All Mine

imageEver since I was a little girl I always wanted a large family. So for those that truly know me best are not surprised at all that I have six children.  To me I don’t have a very large family. I don’t see myself as having “so many” children.  The truth is I had always planned on having way more than six, but I decided to be content with how many children God gives me.

I am always amused when we go out in public.  From peoples stares and reactions you would think we drove up in a bus and 30 people stepped out of it, lol.  I have gotten so many different questions and comments from people that I am kind of use to it. I always think it is funny when people start doing a head count to see how many children we have.  Sometimes we get the famous question, “Are they all yours?” I always respond with a smile, “Yes, they are all mine”. Then comes the comments about how full my hands are.

Well, I am busy. My hands are full. I always have a lot going on even if we don’t have a lot going on.  I really am just a typical mom, just like every other mom.  I don’t have extra patience. I don’t have some hidden super power. I don’t have it all figured out.  I had my hands full after I had my first child, and I just keep adding to it. No matter if you have one child or nineteen we are all on this journey of Motherhood, so be helpful and kind to each other.

-Pamela Henry