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My Support

My family is my support system. From left to right is my pastor and uncle. He keeps me spiritually grounded. He always know how to make me feel uplifted when I am down. My daughter is my “rock.” She will do anything for her mommy. We laugh, cry, sing, dance, and prayed together. We have gone through many trials and tribulations, but we always land on our feet. I love you Tansy. My niece is always smiling and has comforting and encouraging words. We will shop until we drop. My brother is deceased. I love and miss him so much. He moved into my dad’s footsteps and guided the family well until his untimely death. He showed me how to survive driving in bad storms and how to change a flat tire. I have used his advice to survive many storms when driving.
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 Its hard to express how much my bible means to me and how it affects my life so entirely. Its what I cling to in times of pain,heartache and struggles because I know it contains all the comfort I need. It reminds me that God is always near, that He is my rock and salvation.  He lifts me above the storms of life, walks me through them, and lets me know he is the wind beneath my wings. He is always there. When I am uncertain about the future, or worried because of circumstances it tells me to trust and acknowledge Him in all ways. It tells me to delight in the Lord and he will give me the desires of my heart.  I am counting on him now.  I am going through some difficult times.
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 For My Granddaughter:
Ah!! My granddaughter! My joy.

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She lightens my load
She’s like a new toy.
She smiles at me, ever so slightly
I grin right back at her but ever more brightly.
She’s the light of my life. I love her dear.
Feels just like Heaven when I draw her near.
Bedtime! Yes, a sweet time of day.
Night, night, precious girl.
Let’s you and I pray.

by:  Amara Carberry
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My Connections to Play

Marjorie,
I love to wander in the woods as a child. I always wanted to find a Monarch butterfly. I still think they are so lovely. I love to take my lunch and eat with my imaginary friend name Lucy. Because my favorite TV show was I Love Lucy.

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As a child I spent hours in the woods, playing in the creek, climbing trees, and making up games. We would go outside in the morning and come in for lunch, go back outside and not come back in until dark. We didn’t need anything to play with, we used things that were in nature; sticks, leaves, water from the creek, and our imaginations! We didn’t spend countless hours in front of the television and we didn’t have computers. Our parents supported us in play by letting us explore on our own. Children today are not allowed to go outside, get dirty, or do anything in which they might get hurt. Childhood has become so politically correct that children are missing out on valuable life experiences. Everyone gets a trophy, no one looses, and creativity is…

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My Connection to Play

My Connection to Play

“It’s not so much what children learn through play, but what they won’t learn if we don’t give them the chance to play. Many functional skills like literacy and arithmetic can be learned either through play or through instruction – the issue is the amount of stress on the child. However, many coping skills like compassion, self-regulation, self-confidence, the habit of active engagement, and the motivation to learn and be literate cannot be instructed. They can only be learned through self-directed experience (i.e. play). ~ Susan J. Oliver (author, Playing for Keeps)

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Fred (Mr.) Roger

Water spurting out from the ground is always such a pleasurable play thing for children

Wash Hands Together

Wash Hands Together

Girl Playing Alone

With the right toys, a child can lose herself in the world of toys and play for long hours with her imaginary friends.

Girl Playing

Children Playing On The Slide

Children get together to play on a slide and slide their way to fun.

Children Playing On The Slide

Photography By Nisha Patel

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Children are the future of the world. They are also the most likeable beings on the planet. Every grown-up looks forward to spending time with their kids, if they have any. And if they don’t have any, they love the idea of getting to know their friend’s or sibling’s children instead.The image of a child playing is so natural and sweet that it can help take away all the tension from a person’s life.

Children are so innocent and amusing that everyone looses sense of time when playing with them. Not only is it entertaining to hang out with children, it is also a great stress reliever. Furthermore, you will be surprised at the number of things you can learn from a child just based on their intuition and exposure. Below is a list of 30 fun and cheerful pictures of children playing.

Two girls with prams

Girls like pretending to be their mothers as seen in this cute picture of two girls playing with their prams.

Mothers and children

 

Children are the future of the world. They are also the most likeable beings on the earth. Every grown-up looks forward to spending time with their kids, if they have any. And if they don’t have any, they love the idea of getting to know their friend’s or sibling’s children instead. The image of a child playing is so natural and sweet that it can help take away all the tension from a person’s life.

Children are so innocent and amusing that everyone looses sense of time when playing with them. Not only is it entertaining to hang out with children, it is also a great stress reliever. Furthermore, you will be surprised at the number of things you can learn from a child just based on their intuition and exposure. Play was everything for me. I always had pretend friends. I came from a large family, but I love my pretend play friend. We can travel anywhere and share our dreams.

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children.

Reference

Isenberg J, Quisenberry NL. Play: a necessity for all children. Child Educ.1988;64 :138– 14