dear bright beginnings community,

I’ve been meaning to chat with you….

Starting Small is a dream coming true for our community.  It’s been over a year ago that a few of us sat down to discuss the way a website might enhance our community and provide needed communication and support for parents and kids at First Church of the Nazarene in Jackson!

We have been meeting mini-deadlines over the past months, getting things put together so we could launch startingsmall.net and begin sharing with you.  And now, we’re close to the finish line – or should I say the starting line?

I was so pumped to come into church last Wednesday (that’s my long work day) to crank out tons of stuff and write a bunch of stuff for the blog….I had been going over it in my head all morning and was planning to devote a large chunk of time to writing without pressure.  

WELL…the day didn’t start out exactly as planned! Let’s just say it went crazy! For various ridiculous reasons I was almost a whole hour late getting the boys to daycare (that never happens – I’m paying MONEY!).

Then I made a quick run to the post office before heading to the church.

At the post office I realized that I was close to Best Buy so I could run in and purchase our phone cards because our minutes were out the next day.  I texted my husband Nathan, to see what kind of cards he usually buys, but he didn’t text back quickly, so I asked the advice of the Best Buy guy…and bought them.

Finally on the drive to church, Nathan calls and tells me I had purchased the wrong cards, so I return to Best Buy only to discover you can’t return phone cards! UGH. (More wasted time and money).

It was just after noon when I got to my office. Before I even turned my computer, Nathan called, laughing-and-telling me he thinks our car was just stolen.  He had gone to our rental house over his lunch break to check on something, left the car running, went around the back of the house for a few minutes and returned to no car!  He called the police and made a report but needed me to run home to get our license plate number because our insurance guy didn’t have it on file.

I did not want to run home (more wasted time and money) so I did some investigative work online and waited on hold for 40 minutes for the DMV, only to find out they can’t give a license plate # to you over the phone (add more wasted time).

Nathan needed me to come get him – he was due in court for a case a 1:00, which by that time, I couldn’t have made it there and gotten him to the courthouse in time, so as I was calling all our old neighbors to see if they saw anything – one of them graciously let Nathan borrow their car for the day! Wow.

For the rest of the day I was online or on the phone trying to cover our tracks and be proactive (whomever has our car now has our garage door opener, keys to our home and our rental and our new address and other identity information) to protect ourselves and our identity.

Once we arranged when and where I would pick Nathan up that would coordinate with my work schedule, his work schedule and the boys’ daycare hours, we learned that Jake was really sick and needed to go home right away.  (Amazing).

All that to say, I didn’t get any writing for the blog done!

So lately, we have been busy trying to figure out transportation day by day, changing lots of locks, shopping for another car and taking care of a sick little boy.

It’s really not a big deal – we are thankful for the car we do have and understand our other car (or anything else, for that matter) was never ours anyway (this couldn’t have happened in the middle of a better sermon series, right?!).

I’m looking forward to sharing with you through startingsmall.net, and watching our community grow!

Ryanne

take it home | 2.10.13

Our character element for the week is SERVICE FOR GOD!

Story:  Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:1-6; 16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your patience add service for God.” 2 Peter 1:6b

Prayer: Dear God – You have done so much for me. Help me to serve you by helping others. Help me to see when others have a need and to do something about it. Amen.

ss.cellphoneParents:  Is there another parent you know that could use a night out this week?  Give them a call and offer to watch their children. Your kids will love the extra playmates and you’ll be modeling “service to others”.

Birth-Age 2: Even young children can help out at home. Instead of doing all the chores for them, invite them to help you with simple tasks like:

  • putting their cup in the sink
  • throwing away their diaper
  • picking up toys
  • putting clean clothes away

It will take more time, but they will love helping you and the seeds you are planting are definitely worth it!

Age 3-Kindergarten: Do your children help with chores at home? If not – this is a ssgirlcarryingglassesgood time to start! Keep it simple – let them hep with:

  • making their bed
  • setting the table
  • sweeping after meals

Don’t expect perfection! Make it fun and remind your child that when they are serving their family – they are serving God.

take it home | 2.3.13

Our character element for the week is PATIENCE!

Story:  Joshua and the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-26)

Bible Verse: “…and to your self-control add patience.” 2 Peter 1:6b

Prayer: Dear God – I am so glad that you are patient with me! Help me to be patient with others around me. Help me to know your purposes in my life so that I can be patient in obeying you. Amen.

Parents:  Sometimes it’s difficult to have patience when you have young children! Your children learn by watching you, so ask God to give you an abundance of the stuff. The next time your child wants to do something “all by myself” – stop. take a deep breath. give your child the time he needs. cherish the moment. High-fives and hugs when it’s over – of course!

timerBirth-Age 2: Your children won’t understand the concept of time yet – but you can introduce the idea by using the “one-more-minute” tool. You can set a timer or simply announce: “one more minute” just before they pick up toys or come to dinner or take turns with a toy. You will help your children learn to be patient, by giving them an understanding of time.  As they get older, increase the time increments…so they can practice “waiting”.

Age 3-Kindergarten: Children this age want to know what the plans are and how many days until it happens! Next time your child is excited about a coming event – find a fun way to count day each day before it happens.

  • make a paper chain with a link for every day until the event arrives – and let your child tear off a link every day
  • make a sticker chart – place a sticker on a calendar each day that passes

Remind your child that waiting is a way of learning patience!