Do you know anyone who has a newborn or will soon be having a newborn? Please let them know about these 2 websites....purplecrying.info, regarding PURPLE crying....this website has some written information and a video that may help parents with newborns understand periods of crying, which many infants go through; and safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov, talking about SIDS and how important it is to lay babies on their backs....the website has free printable and video materials.
As we get into warmer weather this winter, have you ever thought about getting out with children of all ages and making some snow sculptures or snow forts? Your family can create snow sculptures at home, at schools, and perhaps even at places of worship. It could be a winter challenge each year in Readfield... what an awesome way to get out and be out with the family. For the younger children...how about filling some spray bottles with environmentally safe food coloring (could even be made from various vegetables that are cooked and steamed)....let them have fun spraying snow....let them experiment and learn about mixing colors as they spray different colors on top of each other, to discover what they can create....
Spring will soon be here...How about planting vegetables/fruits/greens/flowers with your children?....Don’t need a rototiller....ever heard about sustainable gardening?....put grass clippings/leaves/straw, whatever, on small areas and plant a few different things around the yard and see how they do....that’s what happens in the woods and forests...Talk with your children about planet stewardship...which also leads to helping prevent hunger/illness....
How many fresh fruits/vegetables do we buy in the grocery store that are the result of big corporations taking over self-sustainable farming lands in both this country and around the world?....How many barrels of oil are used for the growing and transporting of those goods?
How can we better take care of this planet and others?....Talk with your children...ask them...perhaps there could be some good science projects in school, at home, in the community...How and where do they see at home spending and waste; school/church/other organizational spending/waste; community/state/country/world spending and waste?....what are their thoughts on solving some of those inequities?
We are sending out Sunday School lessons weekly using the Dig In curriculum....If you would like a copy of the lesson sent to you, please contact the church office with your email address, so you can be included on the weekly email. Also, there were copies of Bring Lent to Life, Activities & Reflections For Your Family, at the church...please contact church if you would like to pick up a copy...
And...I leave you with this final thought for this Lent Season....
Lenten Litany on Fasting and Feasting
by William Arthur Ward
Fast from judging others; Feast on the Christ indwelling them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; Feast on the unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness; Feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; Feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; Feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; Feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; Feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; Feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; Feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; Feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; Feast on eternal Truth.
Fast from discouragement; Feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; Feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; Feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; Feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; Feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; Feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayer that undergirds.
~William Arthur Ward, American author, teacher and pastor, 1921-1994