i found this post and just had to share. these are such good reminders.
i might need to commission some fabulous printer to make this into a fancy print for me to frame and hang in our home. i’m sure etsy has a store for that…
Advice for Raising Godly Children
John Witherspoon – Scottish Presbyterian pastor, President of Princeton (1768-1794), and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The best exercise in the world for children is to let them romp and jump about, as soon as they are able, according to their own fancy.
A parent that has once obtained and knows how to preserve authority will do more by a look of displeasure, than another by the most passionate words and even blows. It holds universally in families and schools, and even the greater bodies of men, the army and navy, that those who keep the strictest discipline give the fewest strokes.
There is not a more disgusting sight than the impotent rage of a parent who has no authority.
I have heard some parents often say that they cannot correct their children unless they are angry; to whom I have usually answered, then you ought not to correct them at all.
Nothing can be more weak and foolish, or more destructive of authority, than when children are noisy and in an ill humor, to give them or promise them something to appease them.
Let it always be seen that you are more displeased at sin than at folly.
Nothing is more destructive of authority than frequent disputes and chiding upon small matters. This is often more irksome to children than parents are aware of.
I am fully persuaded that the plainest and shortest road to real politeness of carriage, and the most amiable sort of hospitality is to think of others just as a Christian ought, and to express these thoughts with modesty and candor.
Many parents are much more ready to tell their children such or such a thing is mean, and not like a gentleman, than to warn them that they will incur the displeasure of their Maker.
It is a very nice thing in religion to know the real connection between, and the proper mixture of, spirit [i.e., matters of the heart] and form [i.e., disciplines like family worship and church attendance]. The form without the spirit is good for nothing; but on the other hand, the spirit without the form never yet existed.
let me introduce you to elinor’s incredulous eyebrows…
she shoots me this glance sometimes. mostly when i am doing something goofy and trying to make her giggle. oh, baby girl. so much personality for such a petite thing. i love all your expressions. you are the funnest.
speaking of fun…i hope you have a fabulous weekend!
you know what i love? mirrors. mirror playtime is amazing. elinor makes faces and watches as the expressions of “baby in the mirror” change. she also likes to blow bubbles and look goofy to try to evoke a response from mama. such a ham. and i must add that her mama gets in on the act too. i mean, is there anything sweeter than making your baby smile and giggle. nope. isn’t it amazing the lengths to which we will go in order to get that smirk or laugh? i sure am smitten.
i just had to capture this precious moment. two funny faces in the mirror. with matching raised eyebrows and everything. i hope that elinor always wants to play and take silly pictures with me.
cravings & such: still loving meat and dairy over here. the carb-love phase has gone away and been replaced by an obsession with cheese. hubby has no complaints.
the bump: growing! it is kind of fun playing a wardrobe version of hide-and-seek with the bump. i can strategically camouflage the belly with certain articles of clothing and really make it pop with others. preggo lady entertainment at its finest.
cool & cute things: feeling way more movement these days. AND, ben is beginning to join in the fun! plus, baby girl is starting to look more like a miniature newborn. her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct and tiny tooth buds are even developing beneath the gums. baby girl’s eyes have formed but the irises still lack pigment. she is 11 inches long and weighs almost 1 pound! speaking of weight gain…i have heard rumors that from 20 weeks on, i should expect to gain about a pound a week?! seriously? yikes.
new things: the baby is covered in fine hair [lanugo] and has developed skin wrinkles that will be filled in by fat in the coming months. baby chub, people! so cute. and, the pancreas is developing steadily.
meaningful moments: having my first “belly touches” by people. fortunately, they are people i love. i must admit that i am dreading the “belly caresses from strangers” portion of the pregnancy… i’ve heard that personal space and boundary violations abound as the belly grows. hmmm…
cravings & such: same ol’ stuff. but i have been having a major love of dairy. cheese and yogurt and cottage cheese. can’t get enough of that. and as long as i stick to the healthier versions of dairy instead of indulging in pint after pint of ben and jerry’s, i think we should be okay.
the bump: getting bigger but still in that kind of awkward, semi-bump phase. not exactly a cute, big, obvious preggo belly…but we should be there before you know it. my normal wardrobe still fits…it is just requiring some re-styling to help me accentuate the fact that i am actually 21 weeks pregnant instead of just looking like a indulged in a large meal.
cool & cute things: fluttering movements will be intensifying into full-fledged kicks and nudges. and, she is becoming more rhythmic and patterned in her movements. she is 10.5 inches s long and weighs in at three-quarters of a pound [wahoo! we are using pound language for baby girl. big day]
new things: baby girl’s eyebrows are present now. and if she is anything like me, they are rather intense.
meaningful moments: planning her room. buying our first items. reading baby books together. feeling her move more. calling her by name. being on the other side of the half-way mark!