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A Lesson About Forgiveness from a 5 Day Old Infant
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on8/29/2011 6:40 PM
Spending time with my new grandson taught me a new lesson about anger and forgiveness...

The Prayers of Children for the Church
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on6/12/2011 11:08 PM
Prayers for the church written by children to celebrate Pentecost.

Taking Off Our Masks
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on11/7/2010 7:20 PM
I was reminded of how much we all need a place to "take off our masks" and let our authentic selves show. I learned it from a child at our new grief group, Creatasphere." I hope it will remind you to take your mask off as well!

The Dog Next Door
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on9/1/2010 7:51 PM
The dog next door has taught me a powerful lesson about the power of a warm greeting...he has inspired me! I hope his story inspires you!

Trees of Hopes, Dreams and Prayers
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on8/28/2010 8:51 PM
My friend Jeanne Salmon, a public school teacher, shared a beautiful story of the Tree of Dreams she created at her school. This is a GREAT idea and I wanted to share it with all of you so you can use it in your own setting and with the children in your life!

A Lesson at the Swimming Pool
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on8/6/2010 8:41 PM

I just spent some vacation time with my grand babies. Theirfavorite thing to do is to go swimming, so we went swimming!!  I was in the baby pool with my one-yearold grand daughter who had no fear of the water. She would put her face in,blow bubbles under water, and before long, she was so confident that she wouldsimply throw her whole body into the water. She could not swim, but she knewthat her granny was right beside her and so she was safe!


She dove under the water at least 100 time. I was exhaustedof pulling her out and my arms were so sore! However, I could not feel honoredthat she trusted me enough to throw her self so helplessly into what could havebeen a dangerous situation, but was not, since I was there beside her.


Vacation Bible School... Hard work, but worth it!
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on7/11/2010 7:25 PM

Getting Ready For VBS!


Vacation Bible School starts in the morning. I have had ateam of people working with me for months getting ready for the 12 hours wewill spend with the kids this week. Stuff has been piling up in offices forweeks. People have been cutting out sheep for the kids to find when we learnabout the lost sheep. Others have cut clay, donated items, and generously givenof their time.


I have no idea how many people or how many hours has goneinto this year’s VBS but I know many people have worked hard!


Tonight I can’t help but wonder if the kids will ever knowjust h ...


A New Way to Sneeze…A New Way to Cough… A New Way to Be Kind!
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on6/14/2010 10:18 PM

Only a few months ago, the media began telling us that the flu was sweeping across the country and threatening to make us all very sick. We have known for a long time that most germs are spread through touching. In reaction to this flu epidemic, someone suggested that we teach children to use their elbow to cover their mouth when they coughed or sneezed rather than their hands and thus, the germs would be caught in a shirt sleeve and not passed through touch!

I am not sure who had this idea.  Perhaps it was a doctor, perhaps a teacher, perhaps a parent,but whoever it was, it was a great idea. In only a matter of weeks children all across the United States were coughing and sneezing into their shirt sleeves!


Let’s Stop Pushing and Start Wondering!
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on6/5/2010 5:34 PM

I just saw a television commercial for a product thatpromised parents that it would teach their children (two years old) to read!The parents in the commercial were delighted that their child would be soimpressive compared to the less educated two year olds!

 I went to a local bookstore and it had a whole section ofbooks designed to help your child advance one grade level over the summer and,as they advertized, “Be Ahead of the Other Children by Fall!”

 Okay….stop! STOP!

 First of all, your child does not have to be the best,brightest and “ahead of the other children,” to be the precious and wonderfulchild they were created to be!

 Second, your ...


Trying to be a "Big Kid!"
Leanne's Blog By Leanne on5/26/2010 8:54 PM

I just got home from a High School graduation celebration.There were lots of teens at the party playing basketball in the driveway of thehouse. I noticed one little boy, about 6 years old, watching the older boysplaying ball. His eyes were all aglow and he would laugh when they laughed andcheer when they made a point. It was obvious that this little boy wanted, morethan anything, to be invited to play. He wanted to be a “big kid!”


Watching him reminded me of how much children look forwardto being “big” and older than they are and it also reminded me that we, asadults in their lives, can help them to “feel big.” It is important thatchildren learn early that they are competent and strong… not “just a child,” asis so often communicated to them verb ...