Family, Poem

Seeds


 

The Sewer - Van Gogh

The Sower by Van Gogh

A thought became a word
A word became a thought
The thought produced an idea
And shaped the child’s mind

His way of seeing things
Her way of living life
The things that she believes
The things for which he’ll strive

Do not despise the day of small beginnings

Have you ever thought about your words and how they can affect others?  Who ever created that famous nursery rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”, obviously didn’t know what he was talking about.  Words and very powerful.  Just as actions are very powerful.

I am a mother of two young children and, for me, it is very important that I watch my words and my actions around my children.  I have an amazing responsibility to raise two little human beings, and I don’t take that lightly. With my words, I can either make or break my children.  I can generate in them thoughts that are either healthy or hurtful.  Essentially, I am planting seeds in the fertile soil of their minds, and they, like sponges are taking it all in and forming their thoughts, worldview, character, opinions, etc.

I was doing some research on the internet concerning the power of words and I found the following text from http://10daybookclub.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/words-create-thoughts-thoughts-produce-feelings-feeling-inspire-choices/ :

  • Words create Thoughts
  • Thoughts produce Feelings.
  • Feelings inspire Choices.
  • Choices generate Actions
  • Actions determine Habits
  • Habits develop Character
  • Character fulfills Destiny
  • Destiny breeds Legacy.

Now I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that our words ultimately have extreme power. Let’s take great care then and think twice before we speak.

How about you? Have you ever thought about the effect that your words can have on someone, especially someone you love? Have you ever experienced the crushing pain of hurtful words? I know I have. If you are a parent, how important is it for you to plant good seeds into the soil of your children’s minds? Have you ever considered the effect that your words can have on them?  Just some food for thought on a Wednesday afternoon….

 

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FFTF (Food For Thought Friday): Coconut Oat Cookies and Asperger’s Syndrome


Coconut Cookies and Caue.jpg

Ok, it’s finally over.  The whole holiday thing.  The business of hustle and bustle.  I thought it was time to get up another FFTF (Food For Though Friday).  It’s been a while.

Coconut Oat Cookies

Today’s post offers a recipe for coconut oat cookies with dark mint chocolate chunks. Can I get an ummmmmmmm? =)  Ok, this one is simple and quick and great alternative to the butter-laden, high-sugar cookies that we are all too familiar with.

  • 1 cup whole oats
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed (flax flour)
  • 1/3 cup dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1-3 Tbsp agave syrup or honey ( or maple syrup -*I can’t it here =( )
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark mint chocolate chips or chunks (if you can’t get dark chocolate chips, you can add peppermint extract to the cookies by mixing it in with the melted butter and coconut)

Mix all of the dry ingredients.  Mash the bananas and add to the dry ingredients along with the rest of the wet ingredients.  Mix in the chocolate.

All done.  Simple eh.  You must let me know what you thought if you do decide to make them ok.

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Ok, if you’ve noticed in the top right hand corner of my blog, it’s all about the 5 ‘Fs’ – Faith, Family, Fitness, Food and Fun.  Today’s FFTF topic is about Asperger’s Syndrome because my little cutie (6 almost 7 years old), Cauê has it.

Asperger’s Syndrome is on the ‘Autism Spectrum’ and is considered high-functioning autism.  As one adolescent American boy put it, it’s like he’s half autistic, half neuro-typical.  If you were to see Caue and talk with him and see him playing on his own, you’d have no idea that he has autism.  However, after getting to know him a bit and seeing the way he is in school and the way he learns – as well as his obsessions – you would start to think that there is something a little different about him.

I’m not going to share too much on the subject, but I am going to share a really awesome music video that my husband found on Youtube about it.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  Being that we live in Brazil and my husband is Brazilian, it is in Portuguese.  I have, however, translated it for you to understand the message of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tzHqUtUaA8Asperger’s Syndrome

Translation: 10 things that a child with Asperger’s Syndrome wish you knew…

  • 1. Before anything, I am a normal child!!!
  • 2. I have horrible motor coordination – buttoning a shirt or tying up shoelaces is a sacrifice
  • 3. I have an extraordinary ability to comprehend – I have an exceptional memory to for facts and dates. I can learn to read on my own.
  • 4. I am a concrete thinker and don’t understand the abstract.
  • 5. I have an extensive vocabulary – I have a pendant, repetitive and stereotyped language.
  • 6. I can’t look into your eyes when I speak with you.
  • 7. I believe in everything you tell me and I don’t understand irony.
  • 8. I can be mistaken as a little genius.
  • 9. Please help me with social interactions.
  • 10. And above all else, love me unconditionally!
  • And just 3 more words – Patience, Patience, Patience!

PATIENCE! Oh my goodness.  I am NOT a patient person.  But I am so thankful that God has given me Caue to raise and love and teach and ‘be patient with’.  God is developing this much needed virtue and fruit in my life through my relationship with my son.

Have you ever heard of Asperger’s Syndrome before? Do you know anybody that has it?  Tell me your experience.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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Well, my Christmas is not going to be a white one – that’s for sure.  In Brazil it is the beginning of summer, with torrential rains and hot sunny days.  It’s great when it’s not Christmas, but I was born and raised in Canada, which means winter, snow, coziness and comfort. I’m trying to find ways that I can build fun Christmas traditions with my kids in a hot climate.

Today’s post is just more of a personal one.  Sharing a little bit of one of my greatest presents with you – my family.

I just got back home after traveling to our agency’s national assembly for 2013.  We had a really great time as a family and were able to do a lot of networking concerning our most recent film, “Internal Mazes” (you can watch the official teaser to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RdfsWQ-AEA).  It was hot and sunny everyday and the kids absolutely loved the pools of Caldas Novas (the city we were in).  And the hotel we were in actually had organic lettuce (I couldn’t believe it).

Check out some of the season’s photos.

20131224_112813 Hannah and Caue in front of our Christmas tree
 IMG_20131217_211447 Me and the kids at the hotel

IMG_20131130_165540 Caue and Hannah in front of the Christmas tree at the shopping mall
IMG_20131217_211824 Hannah outside of our conference hall while in Caldas Novas
Well, I’m sure you’re all very busy today.  I know I am feeling a little overwhelmed with so much that needs to be done.  Let me just sign off with this really cool quote I received in my inbox today.  From my family to yours, God bless you all and have an amazing Christmas.
“If our greatest need had been information,

God would have sent us an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
so God sent us a Saviour.”
-Roy Lessin