Saturday, March 15, 2014

Oldie but Goodie Review: Gifted Hands - The Ben Carson Story (2009 Film)


I don't know where to begin with this film.  Let's just say it's a must see.  I watched it with my family and it brought about much discussion throughout.  It just lit a fire under my butt as a mother!

The movie is based on the life of a renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson who beat the odds and became a solution.  According to the description of the film, his mother gave him courage, his faith helped him believe and his brilliance gave him power to change lives!

I was inspired by Ben Carson's mother in this film.  I won't give away too much but I will say this....a lot of times as parents we may feel like we don't have enough or know enough to equip our children for the future.  This story proves once again that it's not about what you don't have to give but what you do with what you DO have!  YOU CAN RAISE A WORLD CHANGER IF YOU CHANGE YOUR THINKING!!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Journal: Keep Them Busy

I've always grown up hearing adults say "I keep my kids busy!"  I never paid much attention to it but since becoming a parent...I totally get it!  Keeping them busy means less time to get into possible trouble.  With that in mind, you will do as many drop-offs and pick-ups you need to, especially when you see them enjoy and treasure whatever they're involved in.  What better way than to nurture what your child loves as best you can.  Whether it be clubs, leagues, competitive or recreational classes or DIY projects...get them active!

For our household it's dance and numerous DIY (Do-It-Yourself) activities.  Our girls have ALWAYS had a love for music and dance so we have put as much as we can into cultivating that interest.

This week their dance company A New Daei was invited to perform as the halftime show for a Caribbean themed playoff game for Black History Month.  It was a lot of fun and also the girls' first basketball game.  The excitement was in the air for both the parents and the dancers.  What a joy it was to watch them thrive and perform after numerous hours of practice.  To see the dancers come together, look out for each other and truly work as a family was amazing!  They are learning things that we could never teach them.  Thrilling indeed!  Here are a couple photos from that night.