so it’s been awhile right? I traded blogging for extra sleep and time with my newborn- I’m sure you can relate. It has been such a joy to have this little baby in our lives. We feel so blessed. Jane is starting to sleep more at night and I’m hoping to slowly work in a few more posts informing you all of what’s going on with the Prices and other topics to help you in your pursuit of godliness. Continue reading »
Marriage/Frugal Tip: If you live away from your family, consider swapping children with another family you trust in order to go out on dates (free for both families)! In this instance- the Lairds kept Augustine for a whole weekend while Shaun and I to had the opportunity to travel to Paris. In exchange: we are keeping her kiddos for several afternoon dates so that Margaret and Ben can enjoy some time together. Here is a picture post of one of our first afternoons keeping their fun kids.
I love this picture which captures personality so well: Meredith sharing her thoughts, Jonathan making sure everything is being cooked to par, and Augustine- in his nappy- minding his own territory.
Painting and playing with chalk…
check out Meredith’s lovely artwork!
Dinnertime: Shaun helped to serve the homemade pizza that the kids helped me make earlier!
Playing and Dancing!
All bathed, pj’d, and quiet watching some Charlie and Lola on the laptop…
Thanks Lairds for coming by and letting us keep your wonderful children. We truly enjoyed it!
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Yes, I know. It’s been awhile. but I haven’t left the blog world completely, I promise. We finally received internet service at our flat last week, so I hope to post somewhat more frequently than every two months . But alas, it was a nice sabbatical from blogging- and I’m eager to join in again. I truly enjoy sharing with you what the Lord has taught me- as well as what I’m reading, or what I’m learning, what I need help with, what Augustine is up to, amongst many other topics. I hope this new avenue of starting things back up will be challenging and encouraging for your relationship with Jesus. I’m super open to suggestions of issues you’d like addressed and discussed, so feel free to leave a comment or email me: joymichelleprice@gmail [dot] com.
A little change in blogging: I doubt I’ll be as consistent as everyday like I used to. Just to be vulnerable, I learned a few things whilst away from blogworld, namely: I just can’t justify blogging if I haven’t spent time with Jesus. I also realized that some priorities like cleanliness, meal preparation, friends, family, and schoolwork clash in hierarchy of my “to-do list” bringing blogging to a close (ha ha, or remote) second. So, with all that said, if you truly desire to keep up with me, fill in your email address in the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION box on the right hand side of the page- this way you don’t have to check back a zillion times to see if I’ve updated, AND you’ll receive a fun little email when I have updated.
So without further ado, here’s a little treat of pictures/videos to begin this season of crankin’ it back up. Augustine’s hair has been super long. Since he’s been a year old, I’ve personally cut it myself (not too shabby job I hope). However, we found this posh salon nearby and they charge children under twelve a £1 per your age. So, since Augustine is only a year old….yep, that’s £1 for a hair cut! And she was super nice and friendly. Can’t beat it.
So here’s a few pics of Augustine’s bedhead before the salon session. Yes, I left his hair in full remission of the normal comb-down so you could get the whole effect. Check that out…
There is a fun little waterfall that flows into a river with ducks that we enjoyed watching before the appointment as well.
Here he is all suited up for the appointment:
Look at all his little hair!
Tell Daddy all about it!
Here’s a picture of the final shot (though, I didn’t push to get him to smile)…
a side profile view.
And here are a few video clips of the fun experience:
Thanks for viewing the update on the little Price family. Hope each of you are able to prepare some time with your Savior to start out a wonderful weekend of rest and rejuvination.
Today Augustine turns 15 months! Here is an update of some of his progression.
-He can stand up on his own for at least 10 seconds.
-He can pull himself up on furniture and maneuver around it quite well!
-He can stand himself up without pulling on furniture.
-He can walk well when we hold both his hands.
-He can say (though unassociated with their meaning) ”da da” “ma ma” “be be” “kat” “yep” “bye” and many other unintelligible utterings
-He loves dancing. He recognizes when music is playing and quickly starts to join in.
-He loves exploring!
-He loves to play fetch, throw him a ball, he will quickly crawl to get it and bring it back to you!
-He loves being tickled, especially anticipation involved in tickling. His squeal has become pretty contagious.
-He loves his daddy and has started crying when he leaves (this is new) as well as motioning for Shaun to carry him.
-He is enjoying learning how to turn pages in books and really enjoys touch-and-feel books.
-He is learning how to use the sign-language motion “more please” when he wants more food.
-He is understanding and responding to discipline well.
-He has dropped his morning nap and takes a two hour afternoon nap and sleeps from 7:30pm-7:30am at night.
-He loves painting, coloring (kindof), and patting these objects in a drumming noise.
-Augustine adores bathtime. He loves kicking his feet, splashing and playing with his bath toys.
-He has started learning how to play peek-a-boo himself. He will bury his head in the bed and then pop it up with a big smile!
-He is eating everything! He eats a full three meals a day, plus snacks. He is becoming very well at feeding himself too (food items like: bananas, orange slices, cheese slices, bread pieces, crackers, etc).
-He is officially on a sippy cup and thinks that bottles are only for babies
-He can crawl faster than you can walk!
-He loves making imaginary foods like ice-cream and soup for us to “taste-test” when using a kitchen bowl and spoon.
-He loves eating small objects… unfortunately.
-He is starting to snuggle with mommy when he wakes up from naptime which is a new tender side we are cherishing.
-He adores playing with toothbrushes.
-He gets super excited when he hears the “skype” ringing.
Congrats on turning 15 months little buddy, we are so proud of you and are thankful to have you in our lives! To God be the Glory for your presence! We love you!
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Some friends of ours let Augustine borrow a toy they had outgrown. Here are a few videos of him trying it out!
What are your children’s favorite toys? Feel free to leave a comment!
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This is a fun picture of Augustine. We are so thankful to the Lord for giving him to us. He is precious in his laughter and smiles. If you would take a minute, I would covet your prayers for both his salvation and for his little body to be made well, he is currently a bit under the weather today.
I want to take an opportunity to come before you and thank you for loaning us Augustine for a little while. He is such a wonderful son- lovely to us in so many ways. Thank you for creating him uniquely and marvelously. Thank you that he radiates a smile and a peaceful demeanor. Thank you for his loving personality and his interest in your world. Thank you for enabling him to grow and develop. Thank you for giving him a love of music which worships you. Today we ask for you to begin to work in him now to bring within him a heart of repentance. We request that you would bring him to salvation at an early age and that he would glorify you well in his time on this earth. Continue to mold and make Shaun and I to be godly parents for him. We also ask you to heal his little body of his cold. Grant me discernment to minister and love him well. We praise you for being a God who is worthy of praise in so many ways.
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Recently I read a helpful post from my friend Tara on Nurturing your child through the Arts. Here is a brief idea she shares,
1. Drawing helps kids boost their confidence, improve fine motor skills, get reading-ready and hone their critical thinking ability. It also engages many areas of the brain, including the parts responsible for decision making, action planning, physical movement and memory.
- Toddlers: Pudding Painting where you add drops of food coloring to vanilla pudding, and let the kids paint themselves (in the bathtub of course!)
- Preschoolers: Create macaroni mosaics where raw pasta is mixed with liquid watercolors and then glued onto cardboard to make picture frames.
- School-age Kids: Have your child lie down on a big piece of paper and trace their figure. Then they can sketch in the details, examining herself in a mirror!
We decided to give it a try. We even dared to use real paint instead of vanilla pudding (though we made sure Augustine had a heaping lunch so he wouldn’t be tempted to eat the paint).
Here are some pictures of the fun occasion, followed by a video.
And a wee video..
Augustine’s finished product…
What fun ideas do you have for triggering your child’s brain cells? Feel free to leave a comment!
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Since we are in a season of moving, I thought I’d take a simple post to upload a few pictures of the wonderful guys I love.
Augustine loves being silly…
He is starting to pull himself up!
Aren’t they amazing?
I am so thankful for them!
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Tonight I have the honor of attending a prayer baby shower. The meeting is designed to pray over the mum (mom for you Americans) and the baby-to-be. This generation centers on materialism being at the fore-front of pregnancy. Perhaps this type of baby shower can become a helpful alternative for bringing Christ back to the center of our lives. I am not advocating the elimination of normal baby showers, but rather that Christ would be our first priority during the transition into parenthood. Here are a few ideas of what to pray for at this gathering (though it is also helpful to pray over your own children).
1. FOR GODLY WISDOM:
1 Corinthians 3:19 tells us, “The wisdom of this world is foolishness before God,” and Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world.” With that being said, we need to pray that our children will have godly–not worldly–wisdom. James 1:5 promises, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Ask for your children to receive that supernatural application of godly wisdom.
2. FOR CHARACTER:
This is probably the most difficult thing for a parent to pray for a children, because we know that character is developed by through trials in a persons life. In fact, Romans 5:3-4 says, “We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.” As hard as it is to pray for troubling times in the lives of our children, we know that challenges, disappointments, and even heartache are what will help them grow into the godly men and women they were created to be.
3. FOR A SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE:
Daniel 6:3 says, “Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him.” And 1 Corinthians 10:31 instructs, “Whether, then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Pray that your children will give their best to everything they attempt, because if they’re followers of Christ, they place His name on whatever they do.
4. FOR HUMILITY:
We live in a world that frequently admires pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness. Yet James 4:6 tells us that “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” And in Matthew 23:12, Jesus promised, “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Pray that your children will appreciate their infinite worth as children of God but, at the same time, will recognize that God expects them to walk with Him–and their fellow man–in meekness and humility.
5. FOR A DESIRE TO KNOW GOD:
We pray they’ll make the team… or pass the test… or fit in at school, but is there anything we can ask for our children that will offer them more happiness, fulfillment, and success than a personal, intimate relationship with their Creator? Ezra 8:22 tells us, “The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him,” and Psalm 86:11 implores, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Pray that your child will have a hunger and thirst to know God more every day, and an undivided heart to seek and serve Him with abandon.
6. FOR DIRECTION:
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” And Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Pray that your children will learn at a young age to seek God’s direction and guidance in all things, so by the time they make big decisions–like college, career, and marriage–they’ll be in the habit of following His perfect plan every step of the way.
7. FOR FAVOR:
In chapter two of the book of Esther, many young women were brought into the palace to be prepared and presented as potential brides before King Ahasuerus. Verse 8 and 9 tell us that from the moment Esther arrived, she found favor with all who saw her. (The king made her queen, which put her in the perfect position to save her people from annihilation.) Luke’s gospel tells us that Jesus grew in favor with God and man (2:52). There’s nothing wrong with praying that your children will have favor with teachers, school administrators, coaches, and eventually employers–as well as with classmates, teammates, and coworkers–and that they’ll be liked and appreciated for who they are.
8. FOR DISCERNMENT:
In 1 Kings 3:5, God gave King Solomon an open invitation to ask for anything he wanted. Anything! Solomon requested a heart to discern good from evil in order to judge God’s people, and the Lord was so pleased that He showered the ruler with riches and honor, elevating him beyond all of his contemporaries–and blessed him with a long, healthy life. Pray for this same kind of discernment for your children: ask God to let them see as He sees, be attracted to what pleases and glorifies Him, be repelled by the things that displease him, and understand the difference clearly and consistently.
9. FOR THE RIGHT FRIENDS/SPOUSE:
The Bible is clear on what type of person a believer should marry–another believer. Second Corinthians 6:14 warns, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers.” Pray that your children will value God-fearing friends, that the Father will ‘pave’ their way with faithful Christians, and that they’ll eventually find their way to godly mates, as the Lord intends. Also, pray for their future spouses’ upbringing. One of the greatest things I’ve ever heard my Dad say; was when he told Audra on the day of our wedding, “I’ve been praying for you since the day Jordan was born.” Praying for your children’s friends and spouse needs to be a daily commitment.
10. FOR RESPECT TOWARD AUTHORITY:
If this generation had a slogan, it would be “No Fear!” Our children are conditioned by media, movies and music, not to respect parents, teachers, school administrators, police officers, government officials–being rude is not only acceptable, it’s cool. Yet Romans 13:1 tells us, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is not authority except that which God has established.” Pray that your kids will have proper respect for everyone from the President to their nursery worker, to the boss at their part-time job, and appropriate fear toward God.
[Prayer Ideas taken from here]
What suggestions do you have for praying over our children? Have you ever had a prayer baby shower? Feel free to leave a comment!
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I thought I would take a post to share a fun video of Augustine and I on our recent trip to visit Duntulm Castle located on the Isle of Skye. We strapped him into the ergo carrier and enjoyed tickling him. We saw a few sheep and a lovely view of the sea.
Thanks for checking in on us! Hope your Sunday is filled with praise to our Creator God!