Archive for July 1st, 2011

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• Friday, July 01st, 2011

Three years ago today, I was laying in bed at Darnall Army Medical Center in Ft. Hood, Texas, anxiously awaiting the arrival of our oldest daughter. We’d lost two pregnancies prior to her and lost her twin in the first trimester, so I’d said many times over that I wouldn’t rest easy until I held her in my arms.

Little did I realize that holding that sweet baby in my arms for the first time would open the door to a whole new set of worries … and sleepless nights … and emergency room visits. (In fact, my daredevil princess missed her own birthday party today as a result of one of those emergency room visits. …) But, oh, how much fuller this precious child has made our lives. She is indeed a priceless, precious gift from God. So it was only fitting that between the gifts and the cake, we take time to share one of our favorite books, God Gave Us You by Lisa Bergren.

God did give you to us, my precious Jessica Elizabeth, and I thank Him for the gift of you daily — even on the days some childhood mishap lands us in the ER.

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• Friday, July 01st, 2011

As we move into the month of July, the month of summer fun and patriotic fervor, I plan to spend the next couple of weeks helping my preschooler learn more about the country in which she lives. Today, however, we’re focusing on our neighbors to the north.

For while America gears up to celebrate its 235th birthday, Canada is celebrating its 144th year of national sovereignty. Canada Day, observed July 1, marks the anniversary of the British North America Act of 1867, which merged the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Province of Canada into a single nation in its own right.

So far today, we’ve located Canada on the map, colored a Canadian flag, and enjoyed homemade pancakes complete with Canadian maple syrup. We’ve also read several books by one of our favorite Canadian authors, Robert Munsch whose book The Paper Bag Princesshas forever altered my daughter’s perception of princesses. (Forget sitting around waiting to be rescued by a knight in shining armor! My daughter would rather outsmart the dragon!)

My daughter is currently obsessed with alphabet books, so had I planned ahead, I would have ordered a copy of M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet for us to share. Ah, well, there’s always next year …