Outside my window…
And…it’s cold again! But, I’m so thankful for the nicer temps this week, that I don’t care! And hey, maybe it’ll kill off the mosquitoes! (Actually, probably not, since apparently our region is home to approximately SIXTY different species of mosquitoes! And… some of those species’ eggs can lay dormant in ice and then hatch as soon as the weather is okay! Are you SERIOUS? Yesterday…day 2 of consistent nice weather… and mosquitoes already had begun to flog us! Crazy! (This is where I now beg for you to tell me in comments your favorite methods of keeping those things AWAY from us and our babies and yard! GO!)
I am thinking…
About the new “Ban Bossy” campaign.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, it’s a campaign backed by Girl Scouts and some others to ban the word “bossy” as they feel it has negative implications and makes girls not live up to their potential.
And, while I’m all about affirming others, I’m having a hard time getting behind this thing. I’m wrestling with why that is and trying to put thoughts into words.
First, I think there is a big difference between being bossy and being a leader. Bossiness is when you TELL people to follow you (or else). Leadership is when people CHOOSE to follow you.
Second, while I know words can hurt and wound pretty deeply… I think saying that one word CAUSED you to not go after your dreams or reach your potential… has more to do with you than that word. Everyone has their own story, their own hurt, their own mountain they’ve had to climb. We ALL have had a choice … we either climb the mountain or we don’t. And, while I don’t condone mean-spirited name-calling, I think that our focus should be on AFFIRMING girls (and boys) in their strengths and helping to work through their weaknesses rather than just “banning” a word we don’t like because it messes with how we see ourselves. And, just being honest… if a word like “bossy” can break us…probably so could many others. Perhaps we should learn how to raise strong children who can embrace their strengths and weaknesses and know who they are Who it is they were made for (God).
I am thankful…
62. For a Savior who died on the cross to cover my sins
63. Beautiful weather and science lessons outdoors
64. Tiny bubbles floating through my kitchen, bouncing prisms from the window light pouring in
In the kitchen…
Roasted carrots, cabbage, and chicken pot pie…
I am reading…
Here’s the synopsis:
With the twenty-first century just a distant memory and the world in environmental chaos, many people have lost the will to live.
Business is brisk at The Suicide Shop. Run by the Tuvache family, the shop offers a variety of ways to end it all, with something to fit every budget.
The Tuvaches go mournfully about their business until the youngest member of the family threatens to destroy their contented misery by confronting them with something they’ve never encountered before: a love of life.
We/I am learning…
Z and Ro are learning to read and doing a great job!
The three oldest munchkins have begun out journey into GEOGRAPHY! First, we learned about maps and the many different functions they can have (climate, landscapes, political, etc). This week, we began with North America — United States. In science, we are learning about biomes (forests, lakes/rivers, oceans, deserts, etc) and habitats and animals that live in different places.
Collecting worms (Look at La’s face!)
Around the house…
For Lent this year, we made a crown of thorns . Under it, is a crimson bowl filled with stones with “sins” written on each (there are 40). For us, the bowl represents Jesus’ crimson blood and the “crown of thorns” the crown that Jesus wore. The rocks represent our sins and the “crown of thorns” is over them because He died to cover our sins. A purple candle in the middle reminds us of His royalty (and thus, our adoption into royalty) and that there is HOPE.
Each night, we pull a stone out and read what the Bible has to say about each one.
A favorite quote…
“Don’t make a PERMANENT decision for your TEMPORARY emotion.”
“What other people think about you is not YOUR business.” – C.Althoff
These are super fun! Chopstick helpers! You can find them here.