Children

Colossians with kids

September 4, 2012

For years now, I’ve had a morning tea and Bible time tradition with my children. It’s very basic. We’ve recently finished Genesis 1-12 which has helped us think and talk about God, humanity and the world.  A lot of ethical questions came up, especially about the value of all human beings (there’s another post in […]

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It's not the teachers' fault.

It’s not the teachers’ fault.

September 1, 2012

We home educate, but we are not anti-school. In fact, I have a growing concern for teachers and schools. Schools are expected to teach children the skills, values and habits which families are responsible for. You only have to read the outcomes and indicators in the NSW Board of Studies syllabuses to see this (if you […]

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Preschool

Preschool

February 4, 2011

with her special book to remind her “that Jesus is the boss and he died to take sin away”.Our lovely girl is delighted to be starting preschool today, although a little indignant that she cannot go to kindergarten yet. She will have one day a week this year. I’m glad it is only a few […]

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Long days, short years, school begins

Long days, short years, school begins.

February 2, 2011

The days are long, but the years pass quickly. My first baby is going to school, not a baby anymore. Conquering his own territory, learning that Jesus is Lord everywhere, even when Mum and Dad are not with him. He walks into a place where we are not, but God always is. We rely on God’s […]

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The painful good of saying sorry to kids

The painful good of saying sorry to kids

December 7, 2010

I am tired of saying sorry to my kids. Many times a day. Everyday lately. But there have been two interesting patterns develop (and it’s terrible that there has been enough experience for there to be a pattern). Face buried in a pillow, in tears, after an awful outburst, before I have said sorry, one child puts […]

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Little Christmas conversations (1)

Little Christmas conversations (1)

December 2, 2010

In the first package for our Advent calendar I had put some glow in the dark stars. As we put them on the wall, we talked about Genesis 1:1 and Colossians 1:15-17. The same baby who we will be reading about over Christmas is the one who made all things. The big, clever God who put stars and planets into space […]

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Announcing

Announcing

November 29, 2010

Our family is getting bigger. God willing, our next baby will arrive in June. We thank God for this person and we’re really looking forward to welcoming him or her. Feeling completely overwhelmed has become usual in our family, so we’re looking forward to seeing more of God’s strength in our growing weakness (said with […]

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Happy with God

Happy with God

February 3, 2010

Earlier this week, Steve was talking through the story of Genesis 1-3 with the kids. When we got to Adam and Eve’s entry into sin, our girl stated in her matter of fact way, “They were happy. Then they saw the fruit and ate it. They were sad when God said, ‘Go away and die.’ […]

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