I wanted to share...


The Princess's Occupational Therapist (OT) recommends that we use the Crayola Triangular Crayons. I'd never noticed them before in the crayon and marker isle of the store, but...sure enough they're there!


As toddlers and preschoolers define their fine motor skills, you want to make sure they have the correct grip on their markers, pencils and crayons. The unique size and shape of the Triangular crayons guide their little fingers into the correct 'alligator' grip. (Imagine your thumb, index fingers are an alligators mouth) I picked some of these cool crayons for Princess to use at home. What an easy way to help her develop the proper grip!


Of course, she's used to using them at OT, but here at home it was a special treat. She was very excited, sat down at the table and immediately removed all the paper from the crayons. She simply could not color her page with the crayons in tact!!




Winner of the brand new book, The Fairy Chronicles by J.H. Sweet, is...

Chandra, of Our Wonderful Life

Congratulations!!!

To the rest of you, thank you for playing. Come back soon because I'll be having another free giveaway in the next week or so.

I will announce the winner of the book tomorrow. For now, I must pay tribute to a wonderful artist and singer Stephen Curtis Chapman for the loss of his youngest daughter....



"....take these moments that we have, while you have them."

Steven's 5 yr old daughter Maria, adopted from China, was killed in a tragic accident. Their family is needing many prayers.

Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter killed by car in driveway

By KATE HOWARD and LINDA ZETTLER • Staff Writers • May 21, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name.

The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home at about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.

“It appears to be a terrible accident,’’ McPherson said.

No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said.

Singer/songwriter Chapman, who recently was inducted into Music City Walk of Fame, is one of contemporary Christian music’s most recognizable and most awarded names.

He and his wife Mary Beth have long been supporters of international adoption, having brought three girls from China into their family. Maria was the youngest.
The couple is so active in the cause that they formed an organization, Shaohannah’s Hope, to aid families wanting to adopt.

With his latest music tour, which came through Nashville in November, Chapman started a campaign called “Change for Orphans”. He asked audience members at each stop to bring spare change to the concert, where it was counted and given to a local family to aid in their adoption process.

“I don’t know of anybody who loves his children more than he does and is so committed to the adoption concept, and to lose one, no matter what the circumstances, is heartbreaking beyond all comprehension,” said John Styll, president of the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association.

“He talks about his kids all the time. That’s his life. His kids are more important to him than music, that’s for sure.”



Please join me in prayer for this fellow adoptive family. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain they must be in.

Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, founded Shaohannahshope, helping adoptive parents overcome the financial barriers associated with adoption.


This week I am giving away a brand new book from The Fairy Chronicles by J.H. Sweet, where inside every girl is the power to do anything!

Each Fairy Chronicle book uses captivating storytelling to praise positive values-such as courage, teamwork, respect, love, eco-friendliness and self esteem.

The first of the series,

Marigold and the Feather of Hope, the Journey Begins is sure to become one of her favorites!

Thank you to Sourcebooks for providing this fabulous book for my giveaway.

If you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment somewhere on my blog between 5/14-5/21. The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday May 21st. I will announce the lucky winner on Thursday. (Please, only one entry per person)
Good luck!

Marigold and the Feather of Hope, the Journey Begins
All ages, reading level age 7+
ISBN-10: 1402208723

I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day! I just wanted to share a little Princess Pudding... couldn't you just eat her up!? I'm one proud mamma. :-)

I'm feeling quite old now. Last night we made an appearance at the Jr. High my oldest son (12) will be attending next year. (Yes, they still call it Jr. High! How funny is that.) I believe I was one of the youngest moms there. I mean, how many mom's still in their 20's have 12 year olds!?! lol

We signed him up for Pre-AP English because well, he excels at English. (Takes after his momma I guess) He also got to choose electives for the first time. Of course, PE was his number one choice! Followed by Art. (I suppose he gets that from the other side lol)

What a social little butterfly he is. I think he knew every kid there. His name was constantly being called out and he was giving high 5's to every kid that passed. He truly is my opposite. I was such a quiet and reserved kid. I'm so glad that being social comes so easily to him. It will certainly make this transition to Jr. High (and later HS) that much easier.

I got to meet his little girlfriend. It's so cute to watch them blush and get all giddy at the sight of one another! I was impressed that his haircut didn't seem to turn her off in the least.

I know, you're asking why his haircut matters right?? Let me explain... he had one of those hairstyles that is oh-so popular right now. You know the look, the I haven't been cut in years look- SHAGGY EMO - so long it's in the eyes style. While my husband and I couldn't stand the sight of it, we'd chosen to allow him some control over that part of his life. It was his hair to do with as he pleased. Well... that free will ended recently after a constant bout of disrespect. It was our most recent punishment. Yep, you guessed it, we shaved his head. LMAO... and it worked!!! He's been much nicer and pretty well behaved since.


 

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