My little action man

Josh, who has just turned one, has always been an active boy, never one for enjoying cuddles, he much prefers to be crawling or cruising around.  He’s recently discovered how to turn on our hi-fi and laptop which is a bit worrying!

In our house in Dibden we haven’t had stair gates as we couldn’t fit it to the bannisters.  Josh was very keen to go up and down the stairs so in the end we ensured that he was safe going up and down the stairs.  He’s now a bit of an expert as you can see from this:

 

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iPotty entertains toddlers during toilet training

iPotty

Hannah and I have recently been toilet training Daniel, our oldest, he’s done really well, but I wonder if this invention would have helped him or just distracted him, and I’m clearly not the only one thinking that, with Wired asking the same question.

The makers of the toilet don’t want parents to worry about any damage to their tablet — the training potty comes with a clear cover to put over the iPad, as well as a splash guard for boys. The potty can also be disassembled for easy cleaning, CNET reported.

iPotty with iPad

Daniel loves the iPad and is very proficient with it, and quite happy playing with it for a long period of time, but I’m not sure I would pay $40 to have a potty to which it could connect.

What do you think, is this a good invention or an over priced bit of plastic?

Raising the Kidds

Raising the Kidds

Hannah, my fantastic wife, has recently taken up blogging, starting a blog called Raising the Kidds.

The blog follows her adventures of looking after our two boys Daniel (two years and ten months) and Joshua (eleven months), and me!  I am biased but I think it is well worth a read so go check it out, add it to your favourites/google reader etc.

Let My First Thought Today Be of You

Eternal Father of my soul,
let my first thought today be of You,
let my first impulse be to worship You,
let my first speech be Your name,
let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer.

For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness:
For the love with which You love mankind:
For the love with which You love me:
For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life:
For the indwelling of Your Spirit in my heart:
For the sevenfold gifts of Your Spirit:
I praise and worship You, O Lord.

Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said,
think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You.
Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth,
and joy, and power, that will remain with me
through all the hours of the day;

Keeping me chaste in thought:
Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech:
Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work:
Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself:
Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealings with others:
Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past:
Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of Yours.

Through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

– John Baillie, 1886-1960

Via Trevin Wax

A Prayer of Brendan

Loved this prayer over on the Changing Worship blog:

“I thank you for this, my God,
I am a traveller and stranger
in the world,
like so many of Your people
before me.

There is a sense of adventure,
of openness to possibilities,
abandonment to God
and expectation
of fulfilling his will.

I accept the responsibility,
I’ll hear and obey,
and trust it is Your voice I hear,
the call of the Spirit,
the cry of the Bird of Heaven.

It is a Yes to risky living…

The sea takes me;
where I do not know,
but I gladly go.
And I can only trust
every word You say,
and obey.”

– Celtic Daily Prayer
Northumbria Community

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Dad

Dan Darling:

  1. You are much less patient than you think you are.
  2. Many times you’ll have no clue what to do.
  3. You’ll realize that minivans are secretly awesome.
  4. You’ll probably not get six continuous hours of good sleep ever again.
  5. There are singular moments of joy so indescribable they can only be experienced.
  6. Your presence is more important than you know.
  7. You need to repeat the same words over and over to your children.
  8. You will watch less of your favorite games, play less video games, and will go out with your guy friends hardly at all.
  9. You will embrace your cluelessness as a gift from God.
  10. You will realize your ongoing need to repent, confess, apologize, and forgive.

Read the rest for his explanations.