Introducing today's Take the Time To guest....Hannah.
Another one of my college girlfriends.
Hannah and her husband have three children.
Abbey (almost four), Elizabeth (2), and Jonathan (4 months).
They are raising their family in a farmhouse in Ohio.
Hannah was a missionary kid living in Russia, so she has a special love for missionaries.
Her husband Bobby Mix grew up as a bus kid. They knew a lot of the same people, but never met until after they had both graduated from different Bible colleges.
She has a lot of hobbies --sewing, gardening, small woodworking, and various other crafts. She also plays several instruments and arranges songs for specials and competitions. Hannah is one of the most amazing pianist I know. The kind of person that makes you stand still and say, "Wow." I wasn't surprised at all to see that her T' Time idea had to do with music.
Hannah struggles with balance...(don't we all?). She says she spends too much time on a project and leaves something more important....like cooking supper....undone. (Been there...done that). Proverbs talks about a false balance. She is striving to correct this area in her life.
Hannah's T' Time Challenge is ...
Sing a Silly Song!
" Hold their hands and sing "London Bridge is Falling Down".
Yep, ya gotta do the motions. We could all use some extra exercise!
Sing the alphabet song, but put a letter in the wrong place,
to see what they will say.
Make up songs...just to see them laugh.
This is something that can grow with your children.
Sing "Itsy, Bitsy Spider" with your two-year old now,
and when she is five you can sing, "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain"
...and we all know there's a ton of verses to that!
A silly song can remove tension.
It can turn a stressful morning into a happy one.
There is just something special that happens when a mommy gets silly.
It also helps establish a routine for young children.
Having a specific silly song for daily activities
such as cleaning up, naptime, or brushing teeth
helps children transition from one activity to another
and lessens whining (always a plus).
For example, every day at lunch time I start singing,
"Who Wants a Peanut Butter Sandwich?" (a made-up song).
The girls hear me and come running.
They finish the song with me, eat their lunch, and go take a nap.
The song is a fun way of telling them what to expect. "
Love it, Hannah!
Thanks so much for participating!