Coloring and Sign Language: It’s All in the Wrist!

 

Colors, Colors! My daughter tends to say that a lot these days because she LOVES to color…On EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE! She also loves signing with me and enjoys when I sign her favorite songs or parts of Frozen (That I could pretty much quote to you at this point) that she is rather fond of.

But I was thinking the other day, “What a great way to integrate sign language into our everyday life with coloring!” So I created these lovely coloring books of capital and lowercase letters and numbers along with the sign for each letter and number.

Your child will have fun coloring in all of the letters, while you show them the hand shapes for each letter! This is such an easy way to enforce the alphabet and get your little one signing at the same time!

A fun game that you can play while talking about the letter signs is to encourage your child to find something that starts with a certain letter such as doll, cat, dog, baby, etc. Show them the letter sign for that object or, for older children, have them show you the letter sign.

Example:

Children 0-2 Years

Have your child find an object such as a doll

Ask them to pick it up or point to it

Tell them what the object is, what letter it starts with, and sign that letter

Children 2+

Have your child find an object such as a doll

Ask them what letter the item starts with and to sign the letter

(the more you practice this, the easier it will be)

Have fun with this! Talk about what sound the letter makes or how many toys equal a certain number. You will be surprised how many of these concepts your little one picks up as you do these activities together.

I hope you enjoy these and if you have any other coloring book ideas or things you would like to see on the blog comment below!

Happy Coloring!

 

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The Isolation Phase: Being Mommy

Isolation is so easy to fall into. We get wrapped up in what is going on in our lives only to look up one day looking for a friendly face and not knowing who to call or turn to.
 

I know I was there…
 
For a very,
 
Very
 
Long time…
 
I felt insignificant, silly, unloved, unwanted, and the list could go on depending on the day. And you know what? The more moms I meet the more I realize it wasn’t and isn’t just me.
 
If you feel this way, you are not alone.
 
You are not insignificant.
You are not silly, unloved, or unwanted.
 
And I am so sorry that you are feeling all these things.
 
But let me encourage you that there are many people who are struggling through the same issues, so you have support!
 
Where can you get that support?
 
First off talk to your OBGYN or Midwife about how you are feeling. Be honest with them because you may need more than just talking with someone to start feeling like you again. And let me add there is no shame in asking for help!
 
Being a mom is tough and asking for help does not make you weak or a bad mom! You have to take care of you too! You can’t give from a well that has run dry.
 
Below is a list of other places that you can reach out to, to get connected with other moms.

 

 

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Fit4Mom- http://fit4mom.com/

 

 

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MOPS- http://www.mops.org/groupsearch/index.php

 

 

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Moms Club- https://www.momsclub.org/blog/find-a-chapter/

 

 

These are just a few of the many groups out there. You can check into local churches with groups as well as Google local groups in your area.
 

What helped you deal with the isolation of being a mom? What would your advice be to new mommies? Let me know below!
 

How Accessible is Your Church?

 

You are 7 questions away from getting your church in the right direction to being more accessible to people with disabilities!

 

Have you ever wondered about people with disabilities in your church? Can they get where they need to go easily? Can they access the message? Are there ministries in place for them?

 

Well here is your chance to find out how well your church is doing! Take our 7 question quiz and get access to more articles and information that will help your church continue to blossom in this area of accessibility!

 

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Bedtime: The Magical Words that Moms Whisper to Themselves After a Long Day (Featuring: Are Those Your Kids)

Bedtime. The magical words that moms whisper to themselves after a long day.
Often times it is a rushed routine, simply so mommy can get some shut eye. What if I told you establishing a routine can be just as relaxing for you as it is for your kids?
Here are a few tips to make bedtime magical for all parties involved:

Start winding your kids down before they get overtired

What happens when your kids get over tired? I think any mom can answer that for you. Unexplained tears and tantrums often signal it’s time for bed. When your children don’t stick to a routine and are overstimulated or overtired, this makes for one miserable evening for EVERYONE.  Do yourself a favor and begin bedtime routines before the crankiness sets in.

Make bath time fun

Most kids love bath time! If you have an infant that hates it, have no fear, this will change soon! Bath toys, water proof books and even bath crayons make taking a bath more fun. Adding bubbles always excites my kids. Various brands like Crayola even have colored bubbles! To help my kids wind down in the evenings, I use Aveeno Baby Lavender Body Wash.  Lavender is known for having a calming effect on kids.

Add some literacy to the bedtime routine

As an educator, it saddens me to hear that there are a high percentage of children who don’t like to read. Reading to your child (at any time) has a myriad of benefits. One of which is the relationship you build with your child. They will remember those moments of cuddling together to read a good book. It also opens your child’s mind to a variety of experiences, assists with language acquisition, mastery of language and basic speech skills.

Teach your children how to fall asleep on their own

It’s important that your children learn to fall asleep on their own once they are past the newborn stage. What happens when they depend on you to sing, rock or hold them in order to fall asleep? Well just ask my 2.5 year old. I had established a firm routine with her sister, but rocked her to sleep every night past two years old. Some nights, I just wanted to lay her down and relax. That wouldn’t fly. She cried. Then screamed. And followed me to my room. It was painful. I thought I’d never get her to sleep on her own. And then it hit me. I hadn’t established a firm routine with her! I included her when I read her older sister (5) a story at night, then walked her to her room for prayers, kissed her, and it was as simple as that! By the end of the week, I had established a routine with her that allowed her to fall asleep on her own. It’s easy to make that mistake, even if you have other children.

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Pick a bedtime, and be consistent

Kids love consistency. Heck, adults do too. Picking a consistent bedtime not only helps you nightly but if you ever need to leave your kids with a babysitter (or your parents), they will continue to follow the same routine you’ve established in lieu of your presence.
How do you establish a bed time routine with your children? I’d love to hear what works for you.
Diedre Anthony, blogger
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How To Include Children with Disabilities at Your Church

 

Have you ever wondered how your church handles and includes people with a disability? Did you know that only 50% of people with disabilities decide to even walk into the door of a church? (Harris Poll)

 

This is an issue that is difficult for many churches to wrap their minds around because it is vast, there are many different disabilities, and, because of separation of church and state, churches are not “required” to adhere to the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

To narrow down this big topic, we will be discussing children with disabilities in the church and some basic starter ways to include them in your programing and events.

 

These families have one or more children with a disability, but most of the parents do not have a disability. The parents of children with disabilities are under much of the same stress other parents are, however, they have the added worry of people accepting their child for who they are not what they look like or what they can or cannot do.

 

It is nerve racking enough to walk into a church where you know no one and drop your child off, but having to worry about how church staff as well as other parents and children view your child can be painful, especially when there is a lack of education about inclusion of those with disabilities.

 

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Making the church more accessible should be a main priority for all churches in order to follow the mission set forth by Jesus in Mark 16:15. This mission states “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.“

 

So how do we include these families, make them feel welcome, and give their children the attention and accommodations they need without breaking the bank or stretching ourselves to thin?

 

Enlist Volunteers That Have A Heart For Those With Disabilities

 
This is the first, and easiest, step for churches of any size, to accommodate children with disabilities. By having these type of volunteers on hand, a church can take the collective knowledge of the body and build from it. Because these individuals already have a heart for those with disabilities they will, more than likely, have some understanding of disabilities from experience or formal education.

 

In a survey completed by Melinda Ault Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in 2010, 90% of parents surveyed said that a church community that was accepting of those with disabilities took the stress out of attending church, however, only 80% of these parents found that acceptance at the churches attended.

 

How sad would you be if you desperately wanted your child to learn about Jesus with other children, but could barely walk in the door without a scoff or a stare from, not only people around, but leadership and volunteers as well?

 

By having dedicated volunteers, you not only give a more welcoming atmosphere to these families, but other people in the church have someone to point these families to making the message the same across the board instead of some people knowing the right resources and others having no idea.

 

Make Sure Basic Communication And Mobility Needs Are Met

 
The ability to get where you need to go and communicate with the people around you is an essential need for everyone. Those with wheelchairs will need access to an elevator, ramp, or wheelchair lift to get to areas of your church that have stairs. Individuals who are blind will need braille signs and/or assistance from another individual and those who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing will need Closed Captioning or an interpreter.

 

That can all seem very daunting, but there are many ways to go about placing these resources in your church. Ramps for wheelchairs start as low as $110 and can be easily installed and removed for convenience. Closed Captioning can be done while a message is taking place on screen by church leadership or a volunteer and reaching out into your church body may reveal an interpreter or a student training to be one that would be willing to volunteer. Finally, Braille signs can be easily made and start at just $14 a piece.

 

Ensure The Child Is Included During Service

 
Children, especially young children, do not understand that certain words and actions can hurt another person’s feelings. This is especially true when someone seems different. What a great teaching opportunity for all children about being loving to all people though! Leaders do not need to feel like they need to follow the child around if they do not seem to need it or it has not been asked for, but it is wise to stay in arms and ears reach away. This allows for the leader to easily step in and address any conflict or confusion that may occur.

 

For Example:

 

Situation: You have an autistic child who is not super comfortable with other people touching him when another child comes up to give them a hug.

 

Talking Point(s): Explain to the child who wanted to give a hug that sometimes not everyone wants a hug right away, but that they can play together (rolling a ball back and forth, playing cars, playing with dinosaurs, making a meal with pretend food, etc.). Show the children how to play together and get them started on an agreed upon activity.

 

Take Away: This gives the child with autism the ability to get comfortable in the environment while teaching the other child about differences and playing with someone else in spite of the differences.

 

Allowing these children and families to have the resources needed to participate is such a blessing to them as well as to the church body. Every person deserves the ability to walk into a church and hear about Jesus and accessibility should not be a hindrance.

 

For more information please visit:
1. Disabilities and Faith– http://www.disabilitiesandfaith.org/



 
2. The Church and People with Disabilities by Peggy Johnson



 
3. Joni and Friends International Disability Center– http://www.joniandfriends.org/



 
4. Mission Frontiers– http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/the-deaf

 
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Just Keep Swimming: Mess Free Sensory Bin

Sensory comes in all shapes and sizes and as we get towards the end of a beautiful summer, I would like to introduce you to a fun in the sun, or in the living room, sensory bin that is sure to please. With no water needed your little one can go on an under sea adventure to find Nemo and Dory!

My daughter was obsessed with this activity and her friends enjoyed finding the multiple Dory and Nemo figures we placed in the bin.

To get started you will need a long and shallow bin. I love the ones that fit under the bed or crib because I can leave my sensory gear in there or put things like diapers and clothes in them later! Here is the one I like best, and use often.

You will also need a good amount of blue toys. I love the ball pit balls we have for my daughter because I can use them for multiple sensory bins and they are just fun to play with! They are also great for little hands! Think of all the cool stuff you can do with these! I also put all our soft blocks in this bin to give a few textures and they built blue “water” cities with them.

Finally, you will need at least one Nemo and Dory toy. If your child is as obsessed as mine this will be an easy find, which is why we had multiple Nemos and Dorys in our box. You can get a bath toy set (great for real water fun) or this figure set to find even more friends!

Now just have fun under the sea finding all your fishy friends! And don’t forget, “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, What do we do we swim, swim.”

 

Show me some of your sensory bins and interesting things you put in them!

 

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Reminders of Victory-Joshua 3-GMG

Remember how when God goes before us good things happen? Well chapter 3 is a great illustration of that! The Ark of the Covenant (God) literally went before the people. Did you catch the part where God was going before them because they hadn’t been that way before? (verse 4)

He was paving the way for them to take the Promise Land and claim victory. They just had to show up and follow God!

God goes a step farther and parts the Jordan so they can walk across on dry land, not muddy ground—dry ground. Water moving and it being dry instantly if a big deal! I think this was really to remind Israel how and by whom they gained their freedom from Egypt, as well as foreshadow victory for the nation.

How are you reminded about God’s victory in your life? Is there something special that reminds you? Is there a moment you will never forget?

For our family it is moving into our house. My husband and I were not sure we would ever be able to own a home with me staying at home with the littles and him working his way up the ladder. It was stressful renting and moving and renting and moving again. We felt like we were stuck! But you know what, God came through in His timing. If it had been my timing of what I thought was right, we would not have found our perfect house, we may have had a roadside baby (crazy right?!), and it may have taken us a lot longer to move.

Thank God, God is God and I am not! I had nothing figured out the whole time, everything happened and there is no way we could say it wasn’t God. I still walk in the door and can’t believe that this place is ours!

But enough about me, I want to hear your story… Comment below and tell me what reminds you of the victories you’ve seen in your life.

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Did anyone else do a double take at the end of this chapter!? When I read that Joshua was told to take off his sandals because he was on holy ground, I had a flashback to Moses with the burning bush. Isn’t it cool that God was making Himself so known to the people of Israel!

I find it interesting that He is also the Commander of God’s army (Jesus?). We know Joshua worshipped Him and (at least in my NKJV Bible) every term referring to this Commander is capitalized, which references God, so either God is the Commander of God’s army, OR Joshua is totally meeting Jesus face to face (which is more likely because 1. Joshua calls Him Lord, 2. Joshua worships Him, and 3. Joshua doesn’t die at the sight of His face{Exodus 33:20})

(Humming “I’m in the Lord’s Army)

But, back to the first part of the chapter… Joshua is commanded to circumcise all the men who were born in the wilderness because it had not been done yet. This is part of the new beginning we talked about before, and it was a reminder of the covenant God made with Abraham, which is where the circumcision started.

Another important quick detail is that the manna stopped coming. This was one of the first steps of taking in the land because they were able to eat of the land that whole year.

These last few chapter, in hindsight, are preparation for the people before they take over Jericho.

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In Joshua 2 we see that Joshua was trying to see what was out in the land God had told him to take by sending two spies out to survey the area.

After taking refuge at the harlot Rahab’s house, the men are protected there, but Rahab tells them a very interesting thing in verse 8-13

8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the
men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has
fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of
you.10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you
when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites
who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly
destroyed.11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did
there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God,
He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I beg you,
swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will
show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, 13 and spare my
father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our
lives from death.”

Even after wandering in the desert for YEARS people were still very aware of what God had done for the Israelites. These people were shaking in their proverbial boots because they saw the power of God go before Israel and they knew they weren’t in line with God. They lost ALL Courage! There was no one who even thought they could beat Israel due to the miraculous wonders God had done through them.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have people say, “Hey! I know you are a child of the King because of all the amazing stuff that’s happened to you” And really it’s through you to bring God glory. These wonders made it clear to Rahab that the Israelite God was the only God over everything.

It reminds me of what two different pastors at two different churches said last weekend. They both posed the question, “Do we let God shape our lives, or our we trying to just squeeze Him in where we want?”

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“Okay God, You stay in the Sunday spot and the Wednesday night spot, oh, and the Friday night spot for Bible study, but the rest of the time is mine and I will pray when I need something! Talk soon!”

But isn’t that the reality of it? We separate our work, friends, and family away from God because integrating Him in to every aspect of our life is complicated and messy and then EVERYTHING is exposed. We pretend He can’t see this part of my life, or this sin I’m hiding over here, but HE CAN. We aren’t fooling anyone, but ourselves. God already knows all those areas, but until you give it over to Him you will be miserable holding on to them and trying to juggle them yourself.

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Let God have all those broken pieces because He is better than Doc McStuffins at fixing broken things. Let Him have your life and let Him go before you because it is ultimately about Him getting the glory anyways.

The Love Notes Lesson

Marriage can be a difficult thing to keep up with. We tend to put everything in front of our spouse because this world has us so busy our heads our spinning. So days, weeks, even months may go by before we realize that we have talked about more than just the kids and how work went that day.

 

I know my husband and I found ourselves in this exact place not too long ago and we had to fix it. We didn’t want to wake up one morning and wonder who we were lying next to once the kids were gone because we had drifted away from each other. We decided that instead of letting everything around us determine how life went, we were going to be intentional about making time for each other and connecting, even if just by a note.

 

We came across a box that looked like a book, and if you have been reading my posts for long you KNOW I love those, and decided to get one to put love notes to each other in. This made it easy to find notes and keep them in one place, as well as look super cute in our kitchen. J

 

When we dated we wrote love notes all the time and I kept everyone. They sit in a file that I go back to now and then to remember all those gushy feelings you have when you are dating and engaged.

 

I want you to think about all the wonderful things that made you fall in love with your spouse in the first place. Stop for a moment to remember your first kiss, your engagement, and your wedding. Remember the silly times and the hard times you made it through together. Even if you feel like your marriage is not in a good place right now you can help change that for the better!

 

So here is your challenge: Write a love letter to your spouse every day for 30 days, even if they don’t write one back. Tell them why you fell in love with them, what makes you smile, your favorite memory of them and just see how your marriage grows! You can download the Love Notes Lesson Printable below to give you some ideas!

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Tell me what you found after a day, a week, and the month! How did your spouse react?

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