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11/15/2012 11:29:27 AM
Vicki Bentley--HSLDA
Toddlers to Tweens--Grateful for the Gift of Parenthood

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HSLDA's Toddlers to Tweens Newsletter
November 2012--Grateful for the Gift of Parenthood
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Homeschooling is hard. Parenting is hard. Despite having spent plenty
of tear-filled and sleep-deprived nights, I am so thankful for the
opportunity and privilege to homeschool my children--and even more
grateful for the gift of parenthood.

Our last move prompted me to reminisce through childhood mementos,
where I found--amid the handmade Christmas ornaments, love notes, and
noodle necklaces--this wall hanging that adorned each home we lived
in from the birth of our first child. I hope these words will
encourage you as they have inspired me through many years of
motherhood.

Take Time
By Julie O'Brien

Take time to hold me on your lap,
To joke with me and make me laugh;
Take time, Mommy; this time will go so fast.

Take time to give me extra hugs,
To teach me a nursery rhyme or song;
Take time, Mommy; I won't be little long.

Take time to tuck me into bed,
To read that story you know by heart;
Take time, Mommy; soon these days will part.

Take time to exclaim over what I color,
To admire the things I make from clay;
Take time, Mommy; I'm growing up and away.

Take time to imagine or make-believe,
To play some childish, silly game;
Take time, Mommy; soon it won't be the same.

Take time to let me help you work,
To teach me the many things you know;
Take time, Mommy; enjoy me as I grow.

Giving thanks for the high calling of motherhood,

Vicki Bentley
HSLDA Toddlers to Tweens consultant
www.hslda.org/earlyyears

READ MORE

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1 (NIV)

The Character Quality of Thankfulness--Teaching Home newsletter No.
293
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16214

"The High Calling of Motherhood" by Marilyn Boyer
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16215

"Counting the Hours" blog post by Kristen Blog with red-head
fiveintow
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16216

30 Days of "Enjoying Your Children"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16217

"The Invisible Mother" by Nicole Johnson
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16218

"Holidays as Homeschool Curriculum" by Vicki Bentley
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16219

"Thanksgiving Homeschool Celebration" blog post by Tricia Hodges
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16220

Thanksgiving unit study ideas from Cindy Downes
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16221

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16222

BAD THANKSGIVING JOKES:

Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of fowl play.

Why do turkeys always go, "Gobble, gobble"? Because they never learned
good table manners!

What sound does a space turkey make? Hubble, hubble, hubble.

If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their ages!

(As seen on the Internet--with apologies from your editor--but they
will make the kids laugh!) [Thanks to the HEAV Update,
www.heav.org]
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