Thursday, August 27, 2015

Birthday Party for My Child

My son's birthday is coming soon, one of the happiest days in my life, and I am sure his. 

This is also a sad day for us. Since my ex is engaging in parental alienation, his typical tactics of harassment will be to either 1) not let me see my child at all on their birthday (which he did with my daughter this year) or 2) make it as difficult, and painful, as possible to show he has all the power, and then let me visit my children. 

My son loves his mother, little brother and other family members. He wants to come home, and spend time with his family. My son is already thinking of the future, and when he is able to make his own decisions. This separation is only temporary, one day we will be together again. My son just wants his family in his life - both mom and dad. I agree with him. As a child, he should not have to ask or even thing about something so fundamental...that both parents be a supportive, positive influence in his life. Adults should work out their differences privately, and never involve children in their personal issues. Parental Alienation is child abuse, it is very damaging to a child, and leaves scars that last a lifetime.

So I decided to throw my son a birthday part on the blog, to let him know how special he is, and to celebrate his special day. 



Music to dance to.. Bear loves Monstercats so we are dedicating "Birthday Cake" to you. Your little brother is dancing around the house in his "Turtle costume". He is wearing a plastic turtle shell on his back and green underwear with no pants because "turtles don't wear pants!" H-i-i-i-ya!





And here is some cake.... can you guess who picked this out (lol)




Balloons



Presents!!!


I love you Bear, and thank God for you every day! Tu eres mi corazon <3

~ Mommy, JC, and Pets

"I love you. Happy Birthday!" from your little brother, JC


Friday, July 17, 2015

Let the Forest Echo with Laughter (Marghanita Hughes) - Video and Commentary

A beautiful video about the importance of play and exploration for children...  

Title: "Let the Forest Echo with Laughter"
By: Marghanita Hughes

The Vimeo video has a different song, and is also amazing: https://vimeo.com/60349873




When I was a child, I loved to play in the woods. I have fond memories of exploring, and playing under the emerald awning of leaves. I rarely wore shoes and loved the feel of the earth beneath the soles of my feet. I would slide down the red, sandy cliffs..laughing as I tumbled, and skipped like the stones pushing me along. One time I found some crumbling pottery at the bottom of the ravine, and was convinced it was treasure. Then there was the time I tried to follow my cat to see where he went...it was funny how my cat gave me this look like "leave me alone!". I kinda felt like the pesky sister following her brother.

Playing outdoors really help to grow my creativity. To this day, I turn off the TV and try to get my kids outside as much as possible. My kids are getting older but still love to run and play outside. We explore back roads to discover small towns and interesting sites. No matter how far we roam, all roads lead back home. 

~ Daylen Swift



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fun Ways to Bless Your Children (Parenting Tips)


Mom and Blogger, Carlie K., shares 25 tips on how to bless your children. These fun and inspirational ideas are not things that will cost a lot of money, but rather involve investing love, time and energy into your children in a variety of creative ways25 Ways to Bless Your Child(ren)


Here are a few ideas of my own... 

1) Teach them how to cook a favorite family recipe

Remember the "Green Buffet" - haha! When my daughter was little, I would tell her that there is a buffet that serves ONLY green food, called the Green Buffet. We would have fun thinking of menus of all green food, and imaging what we would eat. 



2) Let a child plan a fun or special activity to do together (may need to set limits on costs)

3) Let your child run around in a costume or their pajamas all day


4) Listen to music videos together. Bonus points if you sing and dance together.

5) Ask your child how to play their favorite video games, then join in.

6) Tell your child the story or special meaning behind their name, or how you chose their name.

7) Teach your child how to pray. Or, alternately, praise dance or other meaningful spiritual celebration.

8) Do a make-over with your daughter.

9) Volunteer together. (My kids had a blast packing boxes at church for Operation Christmas Child).

10) Play charades - act out what you love about your child or a favorite family memory, and have them guess what it is

Any other ideas?? Please post yours in the comments!

xoxo Daylen xoxo


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Not Your Average C-A-T (Cute Pets)

My son, Bear, looks out for his 'lil brother CJ by finding educational games and toys for him to play with. Bear is always teaching his little brother something new, opening his mind to the endless possibilities, and adventures of life.

Bear got CJ the Gyro Bowl that would not spill over no matter how hard little hands tried... the bowl spinned but always righted itself, saving the carpet from an avalanche of cereal bits. Baby food smudged all over his face, and stained his hair orange but was held securely in the Gyro Bowl. This baby tested that bowl every which way, and still it held fast.

And Bear wanted to get CJ a set of read n' learn cards so his baby babble could form into real words, the cards would help CJ learn to read by using phonics. Bear got the set early on, and only now is CJ using the cards. My daughter Nora is always reading to CJ, and now teaching him how to write books. So their gift of love has been a tremendous blessing.

Someone else is learning to read as well, can you guess who???

~ Daylen Swift, 2015



Monday, May 25, 2015

Teen Answers Call to Prayer: Christian Crawford didn’t know who or what specifically he was praying for, he said he just felt led to it, not knowing an emergency was happening

Inspirational Story...

"Thursday evening in Alabama, Clay-Chalkville High School’s graduation was suddenly interrupted by a student who spontaneously took the podium to pray. Christian Crawford didn’t know who or what specifically he was praying for, he said he just felt led to it. Acting on that prompting turned out to be significant for one suffering person in attendance that evening.
A commencement speech was unexpectedly sidelined when a medical emergency began to unfold in the stands....
'Everybody, can I have your attention real quick?” Crawford announced, much to the surprise of his classmates. “We don’t know what’s going on, but we will pray. We know that prayer is power and that God is able. Let’s pray'.”
Read Full Story: "Teen Suddenly Takes Podium to Pray Not Knowing Why, Then He Finds Out" by Amanda Shea. Mad World News: 5/22/2015: http://madworldnews.com/teen-podium-pray/

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Dear Bear and Nora~

Your cousin posted this, and I wanted to share it with you, kids.. Alot of people love you and miss you. All ways and all ways, loved. Tu es mi corazon.

I am praying for you both.

xoxox Mommy xoxoxo

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Keep on Shinin': Shine Video (Paddington) Gwen Stefani & Pharrell


"Everybody feels the same, inside, they just wanna go home..." 



       "PADDINGTON - SHINE"
       co-written by Gwen Stefani & Pharrell
The Weinstein Company



Dedicated to my children: 
Keep on Shinin'
Your 'lil brother 
is singing this
for you tonight! 
xoxoxo

Happy Mother's Day from the Cats



Happy Mother's Day - 
Two Siamese Cats. 
Mama and Kitten.