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My Chores Are Done!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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This could very easily be the chore list that I grew up with.
I remember “Dust Baseboards” being on the Do list for us kids, but my mom wouldn’t have had a 2-3 year old take the job.

Look over this list and let me know what your kids can do; and perhaps what your parents asked you to do that can be found here.

My kids can do up into their age category, but I’m not enough of a task master to MAKE them do these things. My favorite when trying to talk about chores and kids in the home is to tag on the ole Proverbs 22:6, so I might as well skip right to that!

Cleanliness and godliness start at home, which is why chores are so important. The thing is, my kids start off really wanting to be good helpers who will get praised by their parents and actually will be genuinely proud of a job well done, say on neatening a work space or putting a game away properly for the next time that it is used. Between that gung hoe-gusto moment to the final sigh of satisfaction someone comes along and irritates my valiant cleaner or messes up their project.

And so the issue is a bit bigger than having this one child working cheerfully along, I need to have the others also gainfully occupied. Plus there is that bit about them all loving one another, right. Everyone has to stay busy and feel appreciated.

We don’t have firewood to stack, and I haven’t thought to set aside the washcloths for my two year old to fold while I fold and put everything else away. Also, I am not going to let the kids vacuum, we’ve had some bad clogs! Their job can stay at pick things up before we vacuum level for awhile.
My 4-year-old loves peeling things. The list here recommends an older child doing it, I haven’t let Koen peel a potato, but he can do carrots and large apples.

Pro 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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Tonight I actually had planned to write about a new program that Reece’s Rainbow is beginning to help along families who are adopting.

It is called Family Warrior Program.
What you do is choose a family who is adopting and come along side them through their entire adoption process to promote their fundraising events, just do anything needed to help along the way. I guess the word’s out that adoption does not happen over night…it actually takes easily up to a year or more. So fall in love with this family and hang on.

Like a maid of honor to a bride, since it’s usually how it seems to look. How about Moses and Aaron. Moses is the man with the mission, Aaron is given to him as a helper to speak to the people and support him in their journeying in the wilderness.

This is a call for campaign managers! We need YOU to make giving money to people who don’t have it and want it for a really good reason sound like a fun thing.

Families have paperwork to pour over I’ve been reading peoples stories for quite a while now and the ins and outs of the adoption paper trail is intricate and maddening, so far no one has said they keep going back for more kids just for kicks over the fun paperwork. It’s exhausting!

With this new Family Warrior program there will be less stress for that adopting family with this second person coming along to keep hold of events taking place to benefit the family. T-shirt fundraisers, Puzzle drives, garage sales, car washes, bake sales, there are so many other ideas. Valentines day is coming up, grab a family to Warrior for and organize a babysitting gig where you can have a pizza and movie night while parents go out for a date, have an age range that you’ll watch and donate whatever you charge to that family’s adoption fund. Just a thought. Great example: Keegan who I blogged about here is being adopted.

Since his file has not been moved to New Commitments donations are not accepted yet, but after that point fund raising is a for that special family and for anyone who wants to help them along in bringing Keegan home. Please click here to see the page for sign up for this new program.

You’ll see five categories to click on.
•New Commitments: The family is settling into getting initial work done on adopt for this child
Homestudy In Progress: A casework has been taken on domestically to inspect your home and learn about your lifestyle, this person is key to letting the other country know that you are safe for their child.
•Compiling Dossier: The paperworks! A Dossier is the papers that go overseas that say, well, who you are. The length and detail that this goes into depend on the country that you are adopting from.
•Almost There: You are in the closing phases of adoption this side of the sea.
•Traveling Now Travel dates have been issued! Some families are, unfortunately, still short on money at this point. Coming in to the Family Warrior program for Travelling Now families might be perfect for someone who knows how to make heavy money fast. In country costs can build up, especially if a stay is unexpectedly extended.

Many of these family you can find on Facebook. I recommend contacting them and learning more about them, reading their blog if they keep one. Honestly, to me this would be intimidating to sign up for! BUT it is free and just love that family, pray for their child(ren) and do all that you can to help get them home. There are so many personalities that would be stellar at this job, and I promise you, you are not wasting your time.

You are promising to help by doing this sponsorship, not promising to give a family $30K. The other sponsorship programs are Guardian Angel Project and Prayer Warriors. I do both of those.