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I Am Mom to A Boy

He loves dirt.  The edible kind too.

He gets boo boos from being daring. ūüė¶

He likes to kiss wild things.

He makes this sound, “brrrrmmmmm” every time he sees or hears anything motorized.

And loves getting to ride anything that goes “brrrrmmmmm”

But this little boy is a sweet one. ¬†He’ll hug just about anything that will let him. ¬†Especially Me!!!

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What a fantastic book!!! ¬†Last Child in the Woods looks at the lives of today’s kids and exposes what the author calls the nature deficit disorder. ¬†Nature deficit disorder is not a medical condition, it is the description of the human costs of alienation from nature. ¬†This alienation damages children and shapes adults, families and communities. ¬†The author even links the lack of nature in children’s lives to common trends, such as obesity, ADD and depression. ¬†He shares the evidence of the deficit and ultimately shares how to restore not only our children, but ourselves back to nature.

He also shares that there is proven research to confirm that environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problems solving, critical thinking and decision making.  Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature.

Sending kids outside to play has become increasingly difficult. Computers, television and video games compete for their time. Schools are assigning more and more homework. ¬†Areas are being developed which means less and less natural space to roam and explore. ¬†And parent’s fears of strangers, traffic or virus carrying mosquitos are keeping kids indoors.

I was so challenged, inspired and impassioned to make sure that Judah does not grow up void of a connection to nature. ¬†This book opened my eyes to the very reality that we live so out of connection with the natural world. There may be trees, grass, fields, or streams all around us but do we daily connect with them. ¬†Do I make the outside world the most important place for Judah to be? ¬†Or do I allow my priorities to keep me so busy that it ultimately keeps him locked up in school, the car, the house? ¬†Long long ago, even before I was a kid (so I would say I grew up with this to a degree) kids wanted to be outside more than anything else. ¬†They would wake up and head outdoors and wouldn’t come in until bed time. ¬†They climbed trees, made forts, caught bugs and just existed outside. ¬†For me, I spent a lot of time outside with my neighborhood friends but I wasn’t free to roam. ¬†I spent much of my childhood camping and in natural environments and some of my best memories are from those times. Even now, as an adult, I love nature and my soul longs to be in it.

I want Judah to grow up outdoors and to connect to nature deeply. ¬†I know that nature will shape him in to the kind of man he will become, whether that is athletic, artistic, musical, or educational. ¬†He’s 18 months and would live outside if he could and I don’t ever want to see him stray from that. ¬†I don’t ever want him to choose t.v. or video games over the trees, the birds and the fresh air. ¬†I don’t ever want to see him lose this love and spark.

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There is a couple in our church that have a small ranch where they keep goats and bunnies. ¬†Grandpa had been helping out at the ranch and that meant Judah got to go along. ¬†This quickly became Judah’s favorite place to be. ¬†He was so in his element out on the ranch and he and the goats became quick friends. ¬†After spending time on the ranch, I now want to own some acres where I can have a garden and where Judah (and any other future kids) can just roam and be.

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Happy & Healthy

IMG_5238It has been a tough few days! ¬†On Sunday, Judah came down with what I thought were his molars coming in but it turned out to be a viral infection called Herpangina. He had a fever and had developed blisters on the roof of his mouth and throat. ¬†He literally cried and cried and cried. ¬†Nothing could soothe Him – he didn’t want milk, water, ice chips or anything! ¬†All we could do was hold him while he cried. ¬†He couldn’t even sleep. ¬†He would fall asleep for an hour, if that and would wake up screaming. ¬†I could only imagine how much pain he was in. ¬†It broke my heart to not be able to make it all go away and make him feel better. ¬†IMG_5247Glad to say that after three long days my little happy boy is feeling better and is getting back to himself.

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Like Mother Like Son

I have a weird and hidden talent. ¬†Well, I don’t know if I would call it a talent, but it is weird for sure. ¬†Kids and teenagers love to see me do it – freaks them out every time. ¬†I tend to feel kind of special when asked during an ice breaker if there is anything I can do that most others can’t – “Actually yes!” ¬†It turns out this weird and hidden talent is genetic and can be passed on to my offspring. ¬†So I was surprised and excited when I caught Judah on camera walking in the footsteps of his mama! ¬†The weirdness carries on…

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Cute Curiosity

close upSitting on the kitchen floor playing with my cutie while he explored the cabinets and their contents. ¬†Then he saw the camera and couldn’t resist coming in for a close up! ¬†His cuteness makes me want to hug and kiss him wildly!

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baby_proofWe’ve reached that time in our first year as parents that we need to start Judah-proofing. ¬†We set out to make sure that our home is as safe and baby friendly as possible. ¬†I want our home to be a place where Judah can safely explore and have fun. ¬†I used to be very much into how my home looked and felt but now 10 months into being a mom I’m all about practicality. ¬†I want my home to be a place of comfort, rest, peace and fun. ¬†As I started cleaning, rearranging and putting stuff up I realized that there were things that I just didn’t need. ¬†Some were pre-baby possessions and some were post-baby possessions. ¬†I became so aware of how much stuff I had that I really could do without. ¬†That was it – I wanted to simplify! ¬†As I was cleaning, rearranging and putting stuff up I started making a pile of things that I wanted to take to the consignment store or donate and a list of items that I was going to craigslist. ¬†I became a cleaning tornado! ¬†Going from room to room and accessing what we didn’t need, either because we hadn’t used it in a while or because it wasn’t kid friendly. ¬†It felt so good to purge and down size. ¬†Having too much stuff can cause you to feel cluttered emotionally, mentally or even relationally. ¬†Less really is more!!! ¬†And now I don’t have to constantly be worried about what Judah may be getting into. ¬†It’s his house too and I want him to be free to roam and explore.

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