Monthly Archives: June 2012

I Am…Going to Culinary School

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A Tradition of Giving

This past weekend my son went to a 5th birthday party for his friend, but instead of bringing a present for the Birthday Boy, he brought a bathing suit that will be donated along with a sackful of others to children who until now didn’t own a bathing suit of their own.  My friend Bridget started a tradition in her family where her boys choose a charity to collect items for in lieu of gifts at their birthday parties.  I was so ImPrEsSeD with the uniqueness of this idea that I had to share it with all of you!  I hope it will touch your HeArTs as it has mine and that maybe you will start a similar tradition with your children as I plan to do with my kids in the future!

Cael with all of the bathing suits he is donating to the children who attend Camp Hope NJ!

RoByN: What first gave you the idea to collect something for charity in lieu of gifts at your kid’s birthday parties?
BrIdGeT: The idea really came just because they have so many toys and what more could they possibly get??? We like to have big parties, but I (selfishly) couldn’t stand the thought of another 20+ toys in the house.
RoByN: Did your boys give you a hard time at first?
BrIdGeT: They never had a problem with it (surprisingly). They are given a choice of a big party with donations or a special birthday experience with 2 friends.  They always choose the party.  We then take some time to find a charity that they are excited about donating to.  Of course, they still get presents from us and our families.
RoByN: How did you hear about Kids4Kids Project Camp Hope, the camp that your son chose to collect swim suits for at his recent birthday party?
BrIdGeT: We heard about Kids4Kids Camp Hope through my older son’s school.  They were collecting suits this spring for the camp and it seemed to be a great fit for a summer birthday.
RoByN: What other charities have you donated to in the past for others who are looking for ideas to get started?
BrIdGeT: We have donated to The Pajama Program, Toys for Tots, and  I also looked into toy donations for The Valerie Fund.
RoByN: What do you hope the children attending the parties will learn from bringing something for someone in need?
BrIdGeT:  My kids have learned that it actually makes them pretty happy to help other people.  It’s the reminder they need once in a while to show them how fortunate they truly are.  There are so many great charities that the kids can relate to so that they are excited when the donations come in.  Cael was so happy yesterday to see that someone donated an Angry Birds bathing suit!  So I’m hoping other kids will learn that giving to others can also make them pretty happy too!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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{100 Zillion}

So, a couple of days ago I told my girls to go upstairs and clean their room and play-area while I cleaned the downstairs.  Although we frequently talk about working with DiLiGeNt hands, this day left much to be desired.

As we were cleaning, my 6-year old came down to the landing and as she talked to me {NiNe} steps below where she stood, she had the audacity to tell me that she does way more work than I do and I don’t work at all!!

Yes, I should have told her I would address that comment in a few minutes after I had let off about 80,000 psi of steam!!  But I didn’t.  I marched up those {nine} steps and dealt with that sassy, disrespectful, little attitude right there on the spot.  I’m sure my eyes were bugging out and my head bobbing side to side as I informed her that I did “100 ZiLLiOn” more things than she ever did.  (Yes, I really did say that before I could even think about what was coming out of my mouth.)

After I finished my ranting and she apologized we both went back to work.  As I vacuumed I was still fuming when God spoke, “So……, you do 100 zillion more things than she does?  Probably not.  However, this is a CoNvErSaTiOn we could have because I really do 100 zillion more things than you do.”

Oh, GrEaT Now I have two people to apologize to.

The point of this post?  Well, it could be not to deal with people or make rash decisions when you are angry – a total and complete recipe for disaster.

Or, it could be that God does way more than I could ever even imagine.  In those moments when I think He is doing nothing or at least not what I think He should be doing I forget that He is the One who painted the sky with white puffy clouds, causes the BuTtErFly to flutter in the warm air, lights up lightning bugs in the summer night, and gives my heart another beat, along with countless other deeds.

Psalm 139:17-18 says:

“How PrEciOuS are your thoughts towards me, O God.  How vast is the sum of them.  Were I to count them they would outnumber the grains of sand.”

After this experience I think I now have a little bit clearer picture of that number.  Somewhere cLoSeR to 100 zillion.

:)

Robynn~

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Pastor D.J. {Be Like A Little Child}

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Tough Issues–Cowards Vs. Heroes

Taken from Successful Farmer magazine: 

“The very human desire to run away from confrontation is so natural and common that we have to wonder how so many farm partnerships [or relationships in general] manage to survive and succeed in spite of it.

When trying to gather the courage to face a tough issue, it’s worth remembering that cowards die a thousand deaths, while heroes die but once. We know from experience that avoiding a battle doesn’t end a war – it just makes it that much tougher to fight, let alone win.

Fear can paralyze. It can keep a soldier from fighting for survival. It also can prevent people who love each other from coNfRoNting dangerous issues and solving them while that’s still possible. Armies learned centuries ago that even though fear can’t be eliminated, training and experience can instill habits that sidestep paralysis and enable action.

It can be the same in families. The straightforward commitment to face and rEsoLve day-to-day disagreements and misunderstanding, particularly the smaller, easier ones, develops the habit of reacting appropriately to issues as they arise.

It’s not so complicated. Sweat the small stuff first, day after day. It won’t make the big stuff any smaller, but it will make it that much easier to muster the courage for the scary face-to-face discussions that are so critical.”

I can relate to this article, can’t you? If I have a conflict with a friend, family member or coworker, it is much easier if I can work through the problem as soon as it comes up.  It is never easy, but it is worth it. Suppressing issues that arise only turn small problems into big ones. Do yourself a favor and Be a HeRo by resolving disagreements as they come.

~Lara

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Photo Perfection

Sometimes I think if I tell my kids to “SaY ChEeSe” one more time they might just throw something at me!  This weekend my daughter and niece had their very first dance recital.  It was a big day for all of us and I am not sure who was more excited, the girls or me and my sister!  The audience was packed with friends and family who came to watch our little ones dance to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo and of course we were armed with our cameras to document each adorable step they took.

After the recital we gathered outside to take some group pictures with our family and friends and after a while the kids were just SpEnT.  We realized we didn’t get a picture of the girls with my son who had been such a trooper all week as we dragged him to dance pictures, dress rehearsal, and now the recital.  Since their cooperation was at an all time low we decided to let the kids do a SiLlY pose and told them to make a funny face.  The girls immediately stuck their tongues out and I shot this incredible picture!  It is something my family will cherish for years to come.  Not to mention…any of you who follow my posts know that Nicholas can use a little teasing from Abby and his cousin now and then for all of his antics!

When trying to capture the PeRfEcT MoMeNt this summer, remember planned photos aren’t always the most memorable!  Have fun and let your kids be silly too!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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{Liars, Deceivers, & Manipulators}

“Yah, you know who you are.  You constantly BaDgEr us with your lies, deceive us to believe things that are not true about ourselves and others, and manipulate us to do absolutely stupid and crazy things that no SaNe person would ever do.  You’re relentless, fickle, exasperating, and oh so annoying.  One day CoLd, the next day HoT.  Did I also mention two-faced?  You say one thing and then the next day just the opposite.  You’re a drama queen and you can not be trusted!”

Liars, Deceivers, and Manipulators.  a.k.a. FEELINGS.  Don’t get me wrong, they are not all bad.  In fact some of them are pretty awesome.  They make life sweet and I LOVE SWEET.  But they can also make life miserable.  Feelings are horrible rulers.  Putting them in charge is a recipe for disaster, yet, so often that is exactly what we do – let them dictate how we live.  It’s like letting them drive the car.  I promise you, they will eventually take you in the ditch every time!

If feelings are driving your car tell them to get in the backseat.  It’s time to take the wheel and DrIvE!

:)

Robynn

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