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My Miracle

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As I prepare for the Mt. Hermon Writers Conference this week I thought I would update a story I shared with you two years ago.  I hope you enjoy.

Blessings, Rebecca

My Miracle

It’s been a few years since I talked about this very personal story, because my eyes still fill with water when I think about it. However, I wanted to share my trial and blessing with you this week to possibly encourage someone who may be struggling with a similar issue.

In 2007, my husband and I desperately wanted to have a second child so our son would have a sibling to play with. We were nearly forty-years-old and the physicians test you for everything under the sun once you’re over the age of 35. It’s scary how they tell you the risk of Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Gestational Diabetes, etc.  But, we were trusting the Lord in all aspects of this pregnancy, “Children are a gift from God.” -Psalm 127:3

In the Fall, we conceived only to lose our fetus just five weeks into our pregnacy to a miscarriage. We were devastated, and prayed we’d get pregnant again very soon. And, we did!

During my first trimester, my OBGYN found a spot during a routine exam. Three long days later, he called to say it was cancer and would require immediate chemotherapy and radiation treatments. After hanging up the phone, I slid to the floor and wailed. This can’t be happening to me…I’m pregnant!

After careful research, I discovered the dosage necessary to kill the cancer cells would cause my body to reject our child. Distraught is an understatement on how I felt.

Later that night, Randy and I read in our Bible “If anyone among you is sick, let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”- James 5:14

The next day, we took our then eighteen-month-old son, Austin, and met with our pastors at church. One anointed my head with Holy Oil from Jerusalem while five others knelt at my feet. They prayed I would be cured and that we could keep our baby.

We waited two tortuous weeks for an update from my Specialist. Unbeknownst to me, each night Randy would grab his pillow and hit the couch unable to sleep. He prayed for God to allow him to keep his wife and child.

The call finally came. My Oncologist announced he collaborated with seven other colleagues, and they decided to surgically remove my tumor. I could then begin treatment after our baby was born. Yeah, we get to keep our baby!

I underwent two surgeries; one in March to remove the cancer spot and one in May to verify “clear area.” When they went in the second time, to their amazement, it was all gone. My doctor told me it was a “miracle,” and I was cancer free. In fact, he was so pleased with the lab results, he canceled my post-delivery chemo and radiation treatment. Glory to God!

In September 2004, we welcomed a healthy baby girl named Alicia Lee Krusee to our family!

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Fast forward twelve years, I am happy to report that I’m still cancer-free, and our daughter Alicia is thriving 7th grader. She is attends honor language art as well as leadership classes.  Praise God for answered prayer!

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Guest Blog by Sophia Smith

This week my guest blogger is Sophia Smith. She is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in organic beauty products, yoga and healthy living. Sophia loves sharing meaningful content that educates and inspires people. She writes mostly in lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles, and she is regular contributor at High Style Life. Please welcome Sophia!

Blessings, Rebecca

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Awaken the Genius in Your Child with These Simple Steps

The most important tasks parents have is taking care of their children and loving them unconditionally. Besides those crucial missions, parents have to help their children reach their full potential, in education, and in life, in general. All parents want their children to be the best, smartest and brightest, but in order to achieve that they too have to make an effort to encourage brilliance in their children, because it is not something they are born with, it is something that develops as they grow.

Various researches have shown that motivating your kids and participating in some moderate way in their playing and learning can lead to better results in school and development of lifelong love for learning.

Enhance the Visual

People are visual learners and they understand and adopt knowledge about things they see, much easier than about the ones they hear or read. Furthermore, that knowledge tends to stick for much longer if it is gained through visual means.

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For children especially, it is much easier to comprehend and retain information that is associated with images. Help your children organize and analyze learning material into diagrams, graphics, organizers, concept maps and outlines to better integrate new knowledge and develop critical opinion about a topic, which will, in return, result in better academic achievement.

Space for Learning

Children need to have a space that is encouraging learning, and here is where parents can really make a difference. In fact, often the environment is considered to be the “third teacher” interfering or enhancing children’s learning experience.

The learning room must be clean, safe and clutter-free, but also engaging. That means that it should be filled with interesting things motivating the children to explore, play, but also focus. Remember that kids get easily distracted, so the space should also be quiet, lit and isolated enough.

“Play Is the Highest Form of Research”

This ingenious sentence was spoken by one of the greatest geniuses in history – Einstein, and we can claim that he was right. From the very birth, children are discovering the world through play, and this continues to their mature days.

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Many of the video games can improve children’s learning experience and help them understand and remember new information. It is no wonder that plenty schools use videogames as a teaching mean and that some teachers even participate in creating educational games. A good example is Poptropica mythology island which is presenting important events and persons in history in a more fun and engaging way.

The Power of Books

Reading opens up a whole new world of imagination and knowledge for kids. If a child is acquainted with books in its early age, it is highly likely to achieve academic excellence. Still, sometimes it seems impossible to motivate your children to read more than a title. You can encourage your children to read by choosing good and fun books together. Another efficient way is to mark the results and reward children (e.g. for every third book there is a reward).

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Remember though, that reading does not end the moment when the book is closed. Talk to your children about the message they received from the book, the associations with real-life people and events and your opinion on the matter.

Get Creative

Although media and new technologies have their role in improving learning experience and habits, their overconsumption can lead to faded proneness to creative thinking and actions. Luckily, creativity can be trained, by promoting imagination and curiosity (books, talking about other planets, nations, history), prompting children to solve problems (everything from a puzzle to a real-life problem) and finding a creative hobby for children to discover, enjoy and love.

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We are all born as potential geniuses, all we need is just a little encouraging and work to let our inner Einstein come to surface. A parent’s task is to make this process run smooth and efficient.

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How do you awaken the genius in your child? Feel free to share…

 

 

 

Guest Blog by Amy Lu

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This week’s guest blogger is Amy Lu.She is  a Midwest girl from Michigan who enjoys writing children’s picture books,blogging about motherhood, and sharing reading inspiration. You can check out her adventures as a mother of two little cuties and former first grade teacher who loves reading, drinking coffee, and doing yoga. She’d love to connect with you on Facebookor Instagram. Please welcome Amy!

Blessings, Rebecca

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7 Parenting Tips from the Book Loving Our Kids on Purpose

When I first saw the title of this book, Loving Our Kids on Purpose: Making a Heart-To-Heart Connection, I almost decided not to read it. I figured, I already know how to love my child, that’s the easy part. It’s all the other stuff that is hard. However, I am so glad that I didn’t stop there. This has been one of the best parenting books I have read. It challenged me to think about how I was raised, and the kind of parent I want to be. I picked 7 highlights, but there is really so much more to this book. I highly recommend it and only wish I would have read it sooner.

  1. You can’t control your child.

This was kind of shocking for me to realize, but I think Danny Silk is on to something. The bottom line is that you can’t actually control anyone except yourself. You may try to control your child, but ultimately it is up to him or her, on whether or not to listen to you. For example, if you ask your child to please eat his carrots, it is up to the child to determine how fast or slow he will do this, and if he will actually obey. This is especially evident as the child grows older.

  1. Nurture a loving relationship between you and your child.

Silk believes that establishing a loving relationship, in which both the parent and child love and trust one another is the key to good parenting. This is the ultimate goal for the parent.

  1. Empower your child by providing choices.

Everyone wants to feel like they are in control of their lives, and that they have the power to make decisions. Silk believes children are no different. One way we, as parents, can work with and not against this is to provide choices. For example, even a toddler can have choices. Let’s say you want the child to go upstairs to get dressed. You could offer the choice of walking or being carried upstairs. This is simple, but it can be applied to the most complex situations. As the parent, it is up to you to provide the child with two choices that you can be content with.

  1. De-escalate arguments with simple responses.

Using phrases such as “I know,” “Probably so,” “That could be,” “I don’t know, and “Nice try”  can help to deescalate arguments with your child. These are phrases Silk references as his favorite from theParenting with Love and Logic book, written by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. This strategy can enable your child to start thinking about how he or she can solve the problem at hand. Parents should maintain a genuinely loving demeanor toward the child to encourage him or her to solve the problem.

  1. Allow your child to experience the consequences of their choices.

As tempting as it may be to rescue your child from the pain or difficulty of consequences, resist. (Note: This is not talking about neglecting a child’s safety.) Parents can create a safe environment for children to make mistakes and learn from them. As parents, we can’t be afraid to let our children mess up. We can build trust with them by letting them know we are there for them in all situations and allowing them to grow from these difficult times.

  1. Choose discipline over punishment.

Discipline allows a child the power to decide how to fix or solve a problem. Punishment is decided solely by the parent.

  1. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.

Many times parents want to believe that they have the power in the relationship. However, Silk believes that is simply not the case. In fact, he believes that parents should communicate to their children in a way that shows that they too, can be vulnerable. This is why having a loving relationship is so imperative.

How do you love your kids on purpose?  Please share with.us in the comments. 

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