Control Vs. Protection


This is an interesting conversation. It brings up the question of control versus protection. Are using parental controls really being controlling or is it merely protecting your child from content that you don’t want them to have free reign over?

Control: dictation, “my way or the highway”, Making up rules and regulations out of thin air with no explanation or reasoning.

Protection: having rules and guidelines and explaining why they are in place. Keeping your children out of poor situations so they aren’t tempted.

There will come a time in their life when they will have to deal with temptation. But, if we do our jobs as parents, they will have been trained in the way they should go and they’ll stick to it (that’s biblical people).

“Because I said so”… not a valid response, unless of coarse you would like your children to rebel.


Whatcha Think?

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna


Thrifty Thursday

Today Ms Dani is bringing us another video. I”m sorry if there is a weird lag between the video and audio. She’s done a great review on a bunch of different cosmetic foundations. Check it out!

My little Beeb is going as a cupcake for our Fall Costume Carnival at church. I made a simple no sew tutu for the costume… and here’s how!

What you’ll need:

  • Tulle in your desired color(s)
  • Elastic for the waist band
  • Tape measure
  •  Scissors
  • Something to hold the waistband

I used two shades for brown for this project. I think the tones add a little interest to the skirt. Anyways, cut your tulle into small strips, one to two inches wide and twice a long as you want your tutu to be. I also made one of my shades a little longer then the other, again for interest.

Measure  the and cut your elastic to fit the waist. Tie it off with a square knot.

Slip the elastic around something to hold it while you tie on the tulle. I used a formula container. 🙂

Take your first strip of tulle and fold it in half.

Insert under the elastic fold down.

Now, tuck your ends over the elastic and into the loop.

Pull tight. And repeat. I alternated my colors and squished ’em pretty close together. Experiment and see what you like to get the look you want.


Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

All settled

I apologize for lack of posting as of late. I’ve finally gotten unwound from our busy and very fun family vacation. As promised, photos!

I was the first to venture into the shiver inducing water

Then I took the Beeb with me.

She didn’t mind at all!

We love Door County! It’s so peaceful and soul inspiring.

We’ll be back to “normal” posts soon.

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

Family Trip

I am so excited! We leave early tomorrow morning for a family vacation. So, no posts for a few days and pictures when I return!

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna

Whatcha Think? Wednesday.

Last night my Mr and I watched the movie Bridesmaids. Funny!

In the film there is one bridesmaid who is complaining about her children. They disrespect her and swear at her. She then acts surprised by their behavior. As if she has had no control over the shaping of their lives.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand that it’s “just a movie” and things in movies are exaggerated for comedic effect.

However this exaggeration is played out all to often in real life. It seems for some parents, once the diapers are off and the kids are in school, parenting stops. But, if the parents aren’t raising their children then who is left to influence them? Movies, Tv, music, other kids? It certainly isn’t the teachers job to raise your kids. Educate them in specific subjects, yes. But teach them respect, and morals? I think not. Teachers should be receiving respect which has been instilled by parents.

It is our responsibility as parents to protect and guide our children.
Teach them honor one another.

So, whatcha think?
How do you guide the kids in your life?
What kind of example do you set?

Until we meet again,
Emily Anna


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