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“All of us have a sense of wanting to ‘do something meaningful’ with our lives. We call this universal and powerful longing a Big Dream. And, like the genetic code that describes one’s unique passions and abilities, your child’s Big Dream has been woven into his or her being from before birth--therefore it never is quite like someone else’s Dream. In fact, your child’s unique makeup points toward his or her Dream. And as a parent, it is your privilege to help your child discover and shape his or her Dream.”
--Dream Giver for Parents by Bruce & Darlene Marie Wilkinson.
Tomatoes from my garden
I have four children and every day I ask God to show me what He has placed inside them so that I can encourage their growth and curiosity. With my girls, I can see so much fruit but I’m still waiting to see what’s inside my boys.
Waiting doesn’t cause me to worry because as a novice gardener, I know that every plant bears fruit at different times, even if planted at the same time.
So in the meantime, I keep praying, watching, listening, observing, watering, and providing sunlight--waiting to see if I can get a glimpse of what’s to come.
When I heard those words, it made me feel so old! The book they were talking about was a phone book! My kids had never seen one before and I had to explain what a phone book was in the first place. “But that’s crazy! People can just go on the internet and look things up!” they said.
In that moment, I felt ancient...really ancient! Technology is changing our culture at lightening speed. I mean think about all of the things that our kids have never seen or used:
My kids really have no idea how far technology has come in the last 30 years. When I was growing up my dad use to own a computer store. He would build and fix computers and we grew up with the latest technology. But if my kids were to see those same computers that I grew up with, I’m sure they would respond the same way as the kids in the following video:
It’s funny because I thought I was pretty hip to the latest technology and then one day I was inputting our babysitter’s information in my phone when she informed me that I was totally a “mommy-texter” aka “slow!”
What’s really funny, is that this generation of kids are totally making fun of parents and grandparents using the technology of this age. Watch these funny videos:
Times are changing but I’m going to do my best to keep up. At least I don't have an AOL email address!!
I am so proud of all of my kids but I want to give a shout out to my eldest daughter Jayda. She loves to draw, design, create, build--she is always doing something with her hands. This past month she really stepped up when she willingly agreed to design and sell t-shirts as a way for her to contribute to my father’s kidney transplant fund.
She was so excited throughout the designing process and because of her willingness to share her gift of drawing she was able to raise over $200! I am a firm believer that God gives us gifts to bless others and Jayda definitely did that. A big thanks to everyone who purchased a shirt you have encouraged her to keep giving to others!!
Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
I've been married to my best friend Bryan Murray since the year 2000. Now we have four incredible children and a super full life with extended family and friends.