June 23, 2008

Going Organic

I only wish I had the time! Sure, I would love to be buying and eating only organic, but...

Nevertheless, I'd like to try. It's true that switching everything all at once to organic may be difficult, so perhaps just some things for now. Maybe it will be peanut butter, but I'm thinking more along the lines of decreasing processed foods. I did take Little One to the local Farmer's Market this weekend where we bought some yummy fruits and veggies. And today's lunch errand was to Sprouts, where I purchased some raw nuts, lentils, beans and whole wheat pasta (which I will mix in slowly with the regular pasta). It's a start!

June 18, 2008

A little history

So, why "7th Generation Texan"? Through my father's side of the family we have strong ties to Texas that date back to the 1820s Austin Colony in southeast Texas. My mother's family came to Texas a bit later, but still managed to get in just as many generations (faster procreators). This is all fresh in my mind as we just returned from the annual extended family reunion where my 8th generation daughter got to play with her 3rd, 4th, and 5th cousins. Yes, we have the family history thing down.

That covers the name of the blog. Moving on... I have been looking for ways to encourage Little One to develop a love for the Catholic faith. And I mean, not just going through the motions, but really understanding and living happily as a Catholic Christian. I've taken her to Mass most Sundays since she was about 1, we pray before meals and at night, those sorts of things. What more? Recently I stumbled across Guiding Your Catholic Preschooler by Kathy Pierce and Lori Rowland. Wonderful little book. I bought my 1992 addition at Half Price Books, but there is a newer addition. Great ideas on how to get preschoolers involved. We've incorporated a few ideas like saying a morning prayer with a candle that she gets to blow out.

Granted, some of the suggestions are pretty obvious, like teaching your child the Sign of the Cross. But maybe not so obvious since I've seen this as a requirement for starting children's faith formation classes (usually at about 5 years old).

June 17, 2008

Why blog now?

Why blog now? Partly as a diary, but mostly to share with and learn from others ways to raise children in today's scary world. I remember my mother telling me and my sister how different the world was when she was little. Yes, I now sound like my mother: Things were different when I was young.

So, in the days, weeks, and months to come, join me as we all explore the wonderful world of raising kids in today's world!