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💞Ode to Ella & her Books…Happy 7th Birthday! (With Video)

💞Ode to Ella & her Books…Happy 7th Birthday! (With Video)

I never thought they would come flying up so fast: all these birthdays of my little girl!  But like everything else, I suppose what happens is, we just ‘get it’ once we’ve lived it: the realization that we must hold tight to the memories of days passed. And…in that deep unexplainable part of life which makes it seem to pass by at an incomprehensible speed, we start to grasp something profound. Moments with our children which might seem minuscule at the exact point we experience them, are pondered later that same night when our heads finally hit the pillow. Suddenly, we realize the indescribable beauty of our interactions (whether momentary or more lengthy): we have captured them in our mind’s eye and have to hold on!


There are of course the more traditionally recognized “landmark moments” such as  loosing a first tooth and the multitude of others to which we parents can all relate.  No matter the moment (grand or minuscule), I am learning to fully embrace them, with a sense of the presence of their richness & value.  Some days I feel I have failed miserably, only to be reminded by a loved one of something special that my daughter and I experienced together that very day.  Other days I know I could have done so much better as a Homeschool mom or just as “mom,” yet my sweet child manages to “lead me out of the wilderness” and show me in her own precious way that things are great in her eyes!  Then, basically all I need to do is look in those eyes…and I see the light!

Version 3  lost a tooth…small & mighty moment 💙

Sometimes we, as moms particularly- can beat ourselves up over things we think we do wrong, things we don’t do enough, or even things we can’t do at all.  Then again, late in the night our head hits the pillow once more and another moment of clarity arrives: be equally appreciative or yourself for all the love- because it is felt!  Well, on this occasion when our family is just upon another birthday – I wanted to express to any moms reading this that the small moments matter and you are so valuable to your child(ren) no matter how phenomenally well or miserably horrible you may feel a particular day went. Your kids love you and you love them!  We don’t necessarily need those big landmark moments as much as we do the small ones.


So for you (MOMS & KIDS TOGETHER FOR THIS) and in an “Ode to Ella” on her Seventh Birthday~ I want to share a little snapshot into something silly we do together during our Homeschool week.  You can hopefully laugh with us or even at us- we won’t mind! And most of all: we hope you will laugh together as you make your own silly memories whether in a Homeschool environment or on a weekend for some family time!

With the voracious nature of my daughter’s reading, we choose to use this really neat and FUN free app to take the place of more serious activities on days when one of us does not want to be held to a fixed plan such as a writer’s journal, story map, book report or some other graphic organizer.  Instead- we grab the iPad and open ChatterPixKids.  She becomes her own little creative “videographer, commentator, book-reviewer, animator” and more! We have a precious librarian to thank for sharing this with us!


She has fun capturing some of her favorite book character memories in a new way! Ella began taking books from some of her favorite series read more recently and using this app to create SILLY and FUN mini 20 second animated snapshots about the basic plot of the book. It has been especially fun to see her work at getting her own words out during the limited time allotted. Sometimes the FUN and HARD CORE BELLY LAUGHTER can turn quickly to FRUSTRATION, when she thinks she’s done a “horrible job,” and wants to quit!  This is yet one more opportunity for growth and learning.

Then we might grab the salt and pepper shakers from the lunch table and make a quick video of them talking about “being all shaken-up!”  This breaks the ice. She has slowly developed an ability to laugh at herself during the fumbles as well!  So really where can you go wrong with such a neat concept?!

DIRECTLY BELOW Ella’s Best Book Kid’s Reviews! See for yourself another unique & fun way to learn for the iGeneration.

(*Side-note: several of these series are out of print now but can be found at local libraries and special pre-loved second-hand book-stores)

Share your ChatterPix with us too, we would love it very much!

Sincerely, Ella & her Mom

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Perception & Reality ~What are yours?

Perception & Reality ~What are yours?

Have you ever heard the term: Unhealthy Delving? It really boils down to a seeming inability to let go or stop persuing something not positive or conducive to our own well-being.  What about the term: Blind Following?  This expression relates more to taking a direction or an action in life without fully examining our own personal values on the topic or the repercussions that following this path may bring.

Often these are things we do unwittingly, sometimes based on inadvertent erroneous judgement.  Other times our actions of this nature are based on simply forgetting to ‘look through our own lens,’ or deeply ponder where our own moral compass is trying to lead us.

Why is it that we often allow ourselves to go on accepting general consensus made by societal norms, cultural stigma, organizational demands, friends’ expectations and even family members who believe they know what’s best for us? None of these groups or individuals would be entirely able (nor even willing) to perceive the world through our eyes or understand it based on the moral compass which guides us personally.

A Beautiful Mind Cover

Grasping more about the underlying deficit that accompanies the two expressions mentioned above (Unhealthy Delving & Blind Following), we might consider making a change.  This could involve allowing ourselves to arrive anew at the point~ a point which actually requires going back to the place where we first began.  It is new, simply because we have forgotten.  This place is where we remember  and understand what really matters to us personally.  What awaits us there? Metaphorically speaking, it is a home from within and it gives us a great sense of peace and contentment with our own choices and decisions we make.  Why? Because those decisions and actions are now based upon and guided by the moral compass that was attempting to direct our rightful path all along.


The other, well it was really only chasing someone else’s reality.  Isn’t that akin to following something non-existent down the middle of a dark and empty road at night? The result: gaining nothing toward the pursuit of alignment with our own personal life values and aspirations, while likely getting struck flat by the oncoming high velocity Karma-Semi speeding up from behind.  All because of accepting the premise of two simple but profound expressions: Unhealthy Delving and Blind Following.

There is so much positivity and good in our world. Immense intelligence abounds in those who want, most sincerely to share their wisdom, goodness and desire to make a wholesome and undiluted difference in the lives of others. But we have to be vigilant watchers, advocating our own path as well.


One other final thought: The innocence found in a young child is a quality we all innately have within us. This quality is cherished in children because we see the inherent and pure value of it. It not only causes a child to view his/her own world differently, but those who are surrounded by this forthright honesty are also benefitted. Honesty with ourselves and others as well as deeper more conscious thought patterns are not a personality traits or even a character attributes….rather–they   are QUALITIES that have never been lost.  It is we who lost them within us.  Once we realize this simple truth, those powerful qualities will rush back to us like little children running home for supper. Many believe them to be long lost as we progress through life and into adulthood. Some strive to maintain that compass, regain it as adults. Some have long since given up, presuming it was only something we were born to possess as children when we needed “the most guidance.”  Maybe, children need the compass a little less than we do at times.


So, the forthright honest nature and joy-filled innocence of knowing our path and what we ourselves want is there for the taking! Although we have lived through experiences that have changed us and it seems the tainted world has a strong grasp on our way of life.  The positive and negative forces seeming to push and pull at us from all directions can definitely be reigned in when we regain ourselves through quiet contemplation of what matters most (TO US).


Is this all Perception or can it be our Reality? I would reply: Our Perceptions shape our Reality. We don’t need to be individuals unaware of our impact on ourselves and others. We don’t truly desire an Inauthentic Self. Life intrusions attempt to push into our experience and redirect us away from our own innate nature but we have everything we need to not only strive, but regain and maintain our true selves!


So how can we begin? 3 forward steps:

  • Become aware that we have the power and control to make our own morally guided choices, those that are good for us
  • Accept the fact that we cannot change the actions of anyone other than ourselves
  • Know we are capable of a Reality in which our child-like natures emerge & evoke ingenuity and spontaneous goodness. We can live daily taking small but mighty actions, which make a difference in the lives of others. It is NOT gullibility or vulnerability. It is LIVING ACTIONS OF PURE GOODNESS. It is SO SIMPLE and the benefits to you and to others- far exceed any facade one could create that would mis-represent their true self

Homeschool   a true-to-self-journey (click image to peek inside book)

I will leave you with 3 final points of action. More specifically: What you can do everyday to bring the Reality of this positive difference into your experience and gain a sense of satisfaction and purpose:

  1. Allow your instincts for making decisions to be based on your intrinsic wisdom and goodness.
  1. Prevent mental roadblocks: don’t accept interactions in life, via social media or otherwise that encourage or beguile you into associating with something negative or which would bring into question your pure sensibilities.
  1. Act on the saying, “The little things of good I do make all the difference.”  BE, who you WISH to SEE EXPRESSED in OTHERS. You will find that as a result, your life will manifest a more lasting happiness and contentment. You WILL see it! WHY?    Because Goodness attracts itself!

A Think-Different Unconventional book with my CoAuthor M LeMont:

(Click image for peek on Amazon)


Jennifer C. Lopez, MA. Ed.

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