Friday, January 12, 2007

Some Boy! (Journal#51)

Days have been a little challenging lately, which has left me little time at the computer. And of course, the computer is not a priority, especially when Sam needs me. I think we are still coming off of holiday travels, schedule changes, and Sam getting his cast off. He can finally wear long sleeves as the Canadian air finally arrives in Minnesota this weekend! Hence, this post will be brief.

I am sharing a painting Sam did today. The Early Childhood Educator and mom in me can be sad sometimes when I look at neurotypical, "almost 5 year olds", like Sam and their fine motor development. Sam hasn't really created any drawings that we can identify as objects, he can't write his name or any letters in it, and he has done (what appears as) scribbling with crayons up until this point. The one thing he can do and does every day is paint. He LOVES to paint. I think because there is a little more freedom in movement for him, and he loves the motion of going from the paint to the paper and back.

I had not realized, until Sam, how important coloring in the lines is for fine motor. I had always been against coloring books in early development, because I was always more about the creativity and freedom of expression and development. Our older son did not really acquire coloring books until kindergarten. With Sam, I have now seen how important it is for helping with his fine motor and hand control.

Today he did it. He painted in sections! While I am still about "thinking outside the box" and not having to stay in the lines, I am really proud of his painting today. You can see where he was trying to color certain sections, which for us, shows big fine motor growth for him. More than we have seen in awhile. Some Boy! And proud of him!

A Twist of Faith

While I haven't had much time to devote to the blog the past couple weeks, it is because the time allocations had to switch to one of our priorities, my family and Sam.

Just as we get busy with life, we must remember to prioritize our God time. To imagine what would happen if He said He was too busy for us, I don't even want to think.

Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. ~ Matthew 6:32-33


KC's Blog said...

The painting is beautiful. Yay the cast is coming off! I bet Sam will be very happy about that:) Have great weekend!

GClef1970 said...


We need to remind ourselves daily to celebrate who our children ARE, instead of the ridiculous guidelines that our children are supposed to be based upon their chronological age. I bet Sam can do things that some 12 year olds can't do, but somehow (as guilt-ridden moms) we focus on the delays. You're an awesome mom and Sam is lucky to have you.

(remind me of this when I am having those same "Why can't he just -- " feelings!!!) :-)

Lora said...

It's a magnificent painting! Way to go Sam! So glad that your cast has come off. Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Anonymous said...

beautiful beautiful painting! i love it!!!

and yay! for the cast coming off. phew. what a relief.