Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Life with the little guy is good. He has adjusted swimmingly. He's a wonderful, wonderful kid. We are smitten.
Which is great - and scary at the same time. After six short days, he's fit right into our little family. Morgann is an awesome helper and loves her baby brother. She does know that he may leave soon and does not like that idea. We talk about it every day.
For now, we are just enjoying the time we have with this little blessing and loving him as much as possible.
Each night, I put him to bed, and he falls asleep quickly in my arms. His lips purse together, his little chubby fingers lay gently on my arm and he is at peace. It's a gift I will always treasure and fear will leave too soon.
Every child is a gift from God. We do not know how long we will have our children - biological, adopted, or foster: be it one week, one year, or fifty years. Each day is a gift. So I am learning to treasure each day with my two kids, but still working on not fearing the future.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
THE MANIFESTO OF THE IDLE PARENT
We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from the moment they are born
We read them poetry and fantastic stories
We drink alcohol without guilt*
We reject the inner Puritan*
We don’t waste money on family days out and holidays
An idle parent is a thrifty parent
An idle parent is a creative parent
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We play in the fields and forests
We push them into the garden and shut the door so we can clean the house
We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small
Time is more important than money
Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness
Down with school
We fill the house with music and merriment
We reject health and safety guidelines
We embrace responsibility
There are many paths
More play, less work
Us, a Jesus loving, thrifty, city dwelling, outdoor and fun loving, striving towards "less is more" type of family. And yes, Morgann and I love to lie in bed together as long as possible. :-)
* We don't drink. I cook with wine and have no guilt in doing so;)
* I'm not sure what rejecting the inner Puritan is supposed to mean. We love God by loving God we live our lives to glorify Him. We don't live the the Law, but out of love of Jesus.
I think I want to write more on this later. But Morgann and the Hasty kids are on their way and I should take my freshly folded, but not put away, laundry off the couch and maybe put it away, or just throw it back in the basket, before they arrive;)