Spring for Love

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Welcome to the Sunday Spring for Love blog hop! I thought I’d share my favourite quips from kids in church. Don’t you just love the way their minds work? 

Ms. Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favourite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Kyle’s picture, which showed four people on an airplane. So she asked him which story it was meant to represent.
“The Flight to Egypt ” he replied.
Pointing at each figure, Ms. Terri said, “That must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.
But who’s the fourth person?”
“Oh, that’s Pontius – the pilot!”

A little girl became restless as the preacher’s sermon dragged on and on.
Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, “Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?”

A 6-year-old was overheard reciting the Lord’s Prayer at a church service,
“And forgive us our trash passes, as we forgive those who passed trash against us.”

“Dear God, I say your prayer every night, ‘Lead us not into temptation and deliver us some e-mail’ but I never get an e-mail from you. Do you have my right address?”

Florences angels“Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.”

“I want to be just like my daddy when I grow up but without so much hair all over.”

“Dear God, if you watch in Church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes.”

“Dear God, please take care of my daddy, mommy, sister, brother, my doggy and me. Oh, please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”

Work Hard, Do Your Best, Keep Your Word,
Never Get Too Big For Your Britches,
Trust In God and Never Forget a Friend


Welcome to the Saturday Spring for Love blog hop! I thought I’d share some of my favourite spring table settings! Flowers, bright colours, friends at the table – what’s not to love about spring!!

pink table setting




yellow and blue table





Easter table







Welcome to the Friday Spring for Love blog hop! Spring always reminds me of babies – baby lambs, baby bunnies and baby humans! So today I thought I’d share some helpful tips about small fry I recently learned at a conference!

Talking and communication is about language (relating thoughts, ideas and needs), speech (making the sounds) and the social interaction.

Ever heard: “Wait until they turn 3/start school. He’ll grow out of it/boys develop later. Siblings talk for her. She’s shy/lazy. I didn’t talk until I was 5.”?

Noooooo, it isn’t so. Here are some simplified milestones to look for in children:

1 year – 1 step simple directions, single words (1-50words)

2 years old – 2 step directions, simple questions, two word phrases (50-100 words)

3 years old – longer directions, more complex questions, 3-5 word phrases (500-2000 words)

4 years old – multi-step, 5-8 word sentences, no need to change/simplify language (2000+ words)

The earlier young children are identified as being delayed, the better the chance of improving speech and language skills. They can focus on pre-verbal skills (gestures) long before actual language. Important since delays in language are related to: learning disabilities, reading and writing difficulties, school drop-out and criminal activity.

Caregivers are the primary language model for kids! Here’s what you can do to help kids learn:

mom and babyBe face to face with your child – shows you’re interested, lets them see your lips, develops eye contact.

Wait – give instructions and give kids a chance to respond; give them time to make sense of a gesture.

Follow their lead – let the child choose the game, conversation and join in as they play!

Repeat, repeat, repeat – correct baby talk, use lots of different words, say what they would say/see if they could talk as they play.

Add and expand – if they are using gestures, you can add one word; if they are using one-word phrases, you use two-word phrases.

different languages


Babies easily learn 2-3 languages – parents should speak in their native tongue because broken English is not natural to learn.

Click HERE for more great info!


Walking ~ Get babies moving!

To walk, babies must master mechanics, gravity and sensory-motor (posture, joints, environment). The steps involves are:

  1. reflexes – 1st expressions of gross motor function (rooting, sucking)
  2. asymmetry – babies have to figure out the midline – hands together, head to center
  3. Extend against gravity from the crunch time of a full term baby squished in a uterus
  4. master stability – must learn to control body (so avoid super saucer/jolly jumper)
  5. turn on pelvis – weight shifting, elongate trunk onto side of shift
  6. walk at 12-24 months

baby crawling


Cognition for curiosity is there, but babies need opportunities to learn through active exploration of the environment – so get them on the floor (no super saucers, jolly jumpers)!


Don’t carry them up and down stairs – supervise them and let them add new skills.

Play with them. Let them learn by doing – building, crawling.

Help them maintain good posture – it can affect their line of sight and their vision.

baby on belly


Back to sleep. Prone to play. –Put them on their back to sleep but on their tummy to play. It helps prevent a flat head too!



I love this video – Physical literacy – starts when they’re young!










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