Friday File

Healthy Simplicity - Friday FileLife is slowly getting back to normal after weeks of sickness. This week we had our first full week of school in about a month. It felt so good. We have a lot of catching up to do, but the children have been working hard to get their work done. Did I mention how good  getting back to our routine feels. It is wonderful.

I thought I’d share with you some things I’ve enjoyed reading this week on the internet. I hope they bless you as they did me. I’m also thinking about making this a regular thing.

First, is a beautiful post a mother wrote telling her sons why they need to wait to enjoy the intimacy of marriage. So. well. said.

Dear Kids: Why Wait till Marriage — What No One Tells You & What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

The next one comes from the same blog. I loved the idea in this post. I actually have started using it informally with our six-year-old. Quite often at night he comes to us and tells us he is sad or scared. Partly I think this is just a ploy to stay up and see us. Anyway, I used the idea from this post of counting our blessings with him. When he came to our room saying he was sad I told him to tell me three things he was thankful for. Then I helped him spell them out and write them down. He left happy and didn’t come back. Tonight he asked me to help him write three things down. I think I’m going to buy a notebook for him so he can do this more formally. It really is helping him.

1 Step Towards Raising Happier Kids…

Over the years I’ve struggled on and off with depression. One thing I’ve learned is that food affects my mood. I was happy to read this article about foods that help to ease anxiety and depression. This month has been stressful so not surprising that I’ve struggled a bit with feeling down. Thankfully there are some yummy ways I can help to lift my mood.

10 Foods That Decrease Anxiety and Depression

Something fun – a printable for a scavenger hunt when we go for a hike as a family.

Hiking Scavenger Printable for Kids

More fun – a treat we are definitely going to do this winter.

Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes

There’s no link for this – just an announcement. My daughter, who is doing the THM diet with me, recently found a recipe for a “Snickers Hot Chocolate”.  I was in serious need of chocolate today and in danger of going off diet. My daughter was not able to make me one of these hot chocolates, and I didn’t know where the recipe was. So, I made up a recipe for myself. The result was a not-too-sweet dark chocolate with a hint of peanut butter. Next week I’ll replicate this (hopefully), take notes and pictures and share it with you.

Now it’s your turn. What have you enjoyed reading on the ‘net this week?

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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  1. Julie Geoffrion

    Most of my net reading was “fluff” but I had a good laugh reading how the kids at the public school HATES Mrs. Obama’s rules for nutrition and honestly the pics didn’t look too appetizing of the meals – gov’t – let the parents raise their kids!
    I’ve been researching Thanksgiving activities and pictures to color and copywork for this week.

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