I am writing this from my husband’s iPad. I figure it will take me three times as long to get this post written as I am doing the one-finger-hen-peck method of typing. And moving the cursor? Seriously, my pea-sized brain (or maybe my gigantor fingers?!) just cannot do it!
And why I am I using the iPad? Because my laptop died. DIED!! The battery has been dead for awhile so I have been toting the cord around to keep it juiced. The day after I got back from our cruise (that was the big adventure I told you about and if you follow me in Instagram you’d have seen some of my magical pics!) the computer just stopped working. I thought maybe I didn’t have it plugged in. So, I made sure the cord was plugged in and started the computer again. It died within 2 minutes. *gasp* I told you I’d get the next Whoo’s Wise post up! *choke* What’s that? Your kids are begging to do another activity?! *faint* What? You are ready to hunt me down and unsubscribe from my blog because I haven’t posted?!
Ok. Maybe not. But I still felt bad.
Oh, and did I mention we got snowed in? Snowed in in Georgia?! Oh, and I lost my driver’s license. AND we can’t get the tag for our new-to-us car because of a too-long story that involves the tag office closing?! So how in the world can I get to the Apple store in the snow without a tag or driver’s license?! (I can’t make this stuff up.)
Whew. These are the things that keep me up at night.
So, where were we? Oh yeah, Whoo’s Wise! I had this great craft and activity all ready to go when suddenly something else jumped in front: Lydia’s school. She is reading all kinds of fun chapter books this year. And with each book, she answers questions and does a little packet about the chapters.
This week’s book is Cam Jensen: The Snowy Day Mystery. It’s just a typical kids book, nothing special. But Lydia’s school teacher wrote a devotional for every chapter! And this devotion was straight out of Proverbs and all about the foolish and the wise!
We’ll, I couldn’t pass this up, so we turned a school assignment into a family devotion! The chapter was about a little boy who was being too silly and annoying everyone. (Hmmm…have my kids ever done that? Or maybe laughed in my face when I tell them to stop being silly? No way!)
The focal Scripture was Proverbs 15:2
The tongues of wise people use knowledge well. But the mouths of fools pour out foolish words.
We talked about this for a little bit—how occasionally they get so silly their mouths just can’t stop the crazy talk and foolish behavior. They seemed to get it. Then, I had a good idea. We grabbed 2 cups and filled them with Legos.
I asked them how they liked to play with Legos–pick them up off the floor OR build something fun. Of course, they said build!
So, I had Lydia pour one cup out on top of Asa’s head! (No special reason for the head–it just seemed fun! Notice Asa kept his hood on!)) We talked about how foolish words and actions make a giant mess just like these Legos AND they eliminate any fun and intended blessings.
Then, I let them take the second cup—wisdom and spend a few minutes building. You should have seen them jump to start playing. While they worked I reminded them how much more fun it was to play with something the way it was intended.
We repeated the verse a few times as they built and I even changed the verse around to help connect it in their brains again, “The hands of wise people play with Legos the right way. But foolish people pour them out and make a mess.” OK, so it’s not exactly inspired but it helped them make the connection– our words and actions need to be used correctly with wisdom. When we get silly and foolish it’s like pouring a big mess on the floor!