Thursday, December 27, 2012

Host A Game Night

In my family, we love playing all kinds of games. From board and card games to made up games and charades.  Games are such a great way to connect as a family and they are amazingly educational, too.  Kids (and adults!) learn so many thing from games. 

To name just a few:

  • Waiting their turn promotes patience
  • Sequential concepts
  • instant results from decisions made
  • sensory perception
  • social development
  • dealing with limits promotes self-control


When children engage with others in a game, they have to learn that even in the excitement and intensity of a close match, they still have to submit to the limits and boundaries of rules and regulations. An important life lesson!  When kids develop a sense of fair play early on, they end up "way of ahead of the game".  ha :) 





The other night we invited three families over to our home for an evening of games and dessert and it was so much fun, we are hoping to do it regularly.  

I made two pies and a pot of coffee and then set out pretty Christmas paper plates, red cocktail napkins, a beverage dispenser with lemon ice water inside and plastic cups.  When our guests arrived, we greeted them warmly at the door, took their coats and ushered them into the kitchen.  

We served up the desserts and enjoyed friendly fellowship for a bit. The younger kids ate theirs in the kitchen and then went into the family room to play a stack of games. I think they played Apples to Apples, Sorry and In a Pickle. 

The adults and older kids took their refreshments to the dining room table where we played a board game called Balderdash.  (We have the older edition which we like much better than the modern one.)

Our invitation specified a starting time of 7 and an ending time of 9:30pm-ish to give our guests an idea of time perimeters.  We ended up finishing up around 10pm. 

This was so much fun. We hope to host more game night in the coming months and if we do, I think I'll also put out a big bowl of popcorn, too.  

Have you ever hosted a game night in your home?  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Weeds That Feed

I am constantly amazed at what God has provided to the 'simple'.  He has literally surrounded us by healing plants and herbs.  I've travelled the United States extensively and I've spotted wild growing herbs like Plantain, Mullein and Dandelion all over the place. Just those three little herbs represent amazing healing power.  

Natural remedies may take a little longer than our instant drive-through generation can tolerate, but I would rather let my body heal well, than injure my liver and only mask illness.  Which is all what pharma-chemicals do.  Nevertheless, I've noticed that those who use herbs and natural remedies are looked on as simpletons. 


But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  James 3:17

Even still, the fact remains that more people are sick, diseased and dying than ever before and unfortunately, among the causes are modern 'medicine'.  

A hundred years ago, many of our great grandparents knew about herbs and natural remedies and lived longer, healthier lives.  They wouldn't run to walmart for cough syrup, they sliced up an onion into sugar.  When fever struck, they knew it wasn't an Acetaminophen deficiency. Most of them used cold compresses and patience. Some lowered their temperatures with egg whites.  

But today, we have become a nation of fools who are obsessed with entertainment, instant gratification, constant communication and status updates.  How ironic that this era is called 'information' age when so few have any worthwhile information!  


This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly sensual, devilish.  ~ James 3:15

The humble garlic clove, for example, remains one of the most powerful antioxidants, antivirals and antimicrobials available. And it's one of the most affordable remedies of all at just pennies a head. It's healing abilities have been documented to kill the strongest strains of bacteria faster than the toughest pharma antibiotics. 


 

We've had times when I've resorted to Tylenol on a child with a scary fever.  But it was just that - a last resort and used with all gravity.  Taking pharma drugs is a dangerous alternative and I exercise extreme caution every time. 
For example, did you know that Ibuprophin can cause kidney failure if you are not hydrated sufficiently? Children are at the highest risk.  

I am no herbal expert.  I'm just a student of life and learning and stand in awe at the amazing gifts of God.  Taking time to learn about just a few natural healing methods is an investment that yields far reaching returns.   

Want to purify your liver?  Look no further than the humble Dandelion.




Want to reduce inflammation?  Turmeric is a powerful weapon. 


Need to reduce a fever?  Try brushing raw egg whites on the bottoms of the feet.


Insect sting? Pack Plantain leaves onto the wound.


Treat a bad cough?  Try Mullein.  Steam it for a dry cough, burn it and inhale the incense for a wet cough.  Breathing in Eucalyptus oil is also very effective. 





Sprained a ligament?  Soak it in epsom salts and hot water.

These are just a handful of things I've learned and used over the years that I've had success with.  Every person and every situation will be different so you will have to use caution and your own trial and error. 

If you use natural remedies, what are some of your favorites?  I am always looking to expand my base of knowledge and would love to hear your experiences!



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