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Friday, September 30, 2011

Digital Distractions

Am I the only one whose smart phone is always chirping, buzzing, ringing or chiming? Technology is a constant in our daily lives, whether we work in or out of our homes. We're busy tweeting, chatting, skyping, checking in, etc. Social media sites, synced calendars and online games keeps us just a few keystrokes away from connecting to friends, colleagues and extended family. Kindles, IPads, notebooks, etc... We can instantly access people and information from across the globe, but are all of our cool devices effecting how we relate and ultimately bond with our children? We've talked about digital divide, but what about the phenomenon of digital distraction?

I've seen it and I've done it. Checking Facebook on your cell at the park instead of playing with the kids. Keeping your toddler busy with Angry Birds or Talking Tom on a high tech tablet. Even texting while driving with a Baby On Board magnet on your SUV. #SorryOprah:-( As I write this post my baby is squirming on my lap. Are these trends a sign of the times or a compulsion spreading through our society? None of us are perfect people or parents. We do the best we can, but in order to be at minimum a "good enough" parent we must be present and aware. All of our online "friends" can wait. At times we're more plugged into what's going on in cyberspace, thanks to the worldwide web, than we are to what's happening in our families. I know these high tech advances that are often super cool and convenient. But, I've realized I needed to unplug a bit. So today put the gadgets down and have hands free contact with you kids. #RightAfterYouCommentLikeAndShareThisPost ;-)

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Precious Message

As I type a wonderful woman, and one of my best friends, is in labor. She's preparing to welcome her little girl into the world and I felt compelled to share what I was feeling after I met my little ones for the first time. She and I have spoken a lot over the past nine months. I'd like to think I've helped her figure out what to expect while expecting. No conversation can truly clue you in on the miracle of becoming a Mom. You go from feeling a little person in your womb, to holding your newborn baby in your arms. Nothing can compare!

Dear Nigel and Nikke,

You are my biggest joy. I've never known a love like this. You are brilliant and beautiful. And though you are teeny tiny right now, I know you are powerful! Your Dad and I will prepare for you to take the world by storm one day. In the meantime we will do anything we can for you; anything to make you happy, keep you safe and secure. It is our job to let you know that you are loved more than anything in this world. A genuine miracle, a blessing beyond measure. Enjoy the wonders of childhood. Chase rainbows, play in puddles, spin in the sunshine and laugh until your tummy hurts.

You are innately wiser than you know. You are a King's kid. Learn to trust yourself. Use your noodle. Discover what makes you unique and always be yourself. Don't ever feel like you need to compare yourself to someone else. Know that you can achieve anything and that there are no limits to what you can achieve. Dream BIG. Love God and when the Spirit speaks to you - Listen! Be brave enough to make your own decisions. Listen to your parents and loved ones, we're pretty smart. See a vision for yourself, develop a plan and take one step at a time. Know that I love you and the Lord loves you.