Wednesday, 28 March 2012

once upon a time

Zach and I love books, we love reading, Zach loves me reading to him. He also loves when I tell him stories about when I was little. Evey night we have hot chocolate milk, read stories, pray, then I sing a Dutch prayer to him, then it is lights out.

Some of our favourites are 'Tough Boris' 'Toyboat' 'The Little Red Hen' and 'Clown of God'
'The Clown of God' was a book I had when I was a little girl. After Zach was born, I searched around for it, because I loved it. Now Zach does too. It's a story of a clown who uses his gift of juggling to make others happy and in the end juggles for God and makes God smile.

We have a lot of books! I have a collection of fairy tales and rhymes from Little Golden Books, our favourite is 'The Little Red Hen' I love how at the end of the story, the hen eats all the bread she made herself and doesn't share it. I know we teach adults try to teach children to share, but sometimes we also need to teach children that if they have put in all the hard work for something, then the reward is theirs alone.

He also loves story cubes! We got them from his speech therapist over a year ago. The story cubes are a pack of nine dice, but instead of numbers, they all have different pictures on them. We takes turns rolling the cubes and making up stories based on what pictures come up. It is to build up imaginative and creative language skills.

Mostly Zach just describes what the pictures are, but he is starting to build stories.

He loves for me to tell the stories, he likes to skip his turn a lot. I try to tell good stories for him.
It's a lot of fun!

And all the stories I tell, always have to begin with 'Once upon a time'

Good Night x♥x♥

Saturday, 24 March 2012


Hello! First blog ever. I didn't mean to, but I invited some friends to travel with me and Zach in September. Response, unable to travel then, but will stalk me in my blog. So I had to start a blog and somedays I have a lot to say.

Today we are having a lazy day, I'm trying to work out the whole photo and template blog thing. Zach is creating lego angry birds and lego pacman. We have just worked out how to use the video on the ipad, so all the lego creations are being filmed in action!

The drawing below was drawn by Zach a few years ago. It is of us together, red is my favourite colour, I was never a fan of hearts especially in jewellery, too cutesy, too cliche, but Zach loves them. Hearts mean Love and  'Love you' and hearts were drawn because "we love together" So I am embracing the hearts, even have heart jewellery, all chosen by Zach.

In grade five, the teacher gave all of us a different bible verse from proverbs to remember, I still remember it. A few years ago, I had great heartache and even if I tried to hide it, those close to me could see through that. I have a happy heart and I know it shows. Having been through that heartache, I see people who are trying to disguise their own heartache, with a false cheerfulness, just trying to get by. At bedtime Zach and I pray for so many to have a happy heart.

Time for a big mug of hot chocolate for us both! x♥x♥