1. I constantly wrestle with the question of whether or not to have the kids in the service with me. Our church has a wonderful children’s program for during the service (and really, it’s just during the sermon for the girls, they are in there for singing and communion) but the boy is in nursery. I go back and forth between the fact I should be training them to sit there and listen and participate and that it’s a chance for me to sit … alone. : ) Our church has the span of generations as well, for which I am so thankful!

  2. This chapter surprised me, too, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to tie in with homemaking, but once I read it I saw that it did, very well.

    I think the season of life when one has babies and very young children is a hard one to incorporate some of these practices, because so much time and attention must needs be taken up with mothering, and rightly so. For me, as a fellow introvert, the first steps are just reaching out enough to acknowledge and greet other people. I can be content not to interact with others for days at a time, or to go to church or the store just caught up in my own head and not even think about interacting. Just that consciousness of saying hello and asking about other people’s well-being and such is a good first step.

  3. Loved reading about your upbringing around extended multi-generational family! We bought a home near my folks (35 mins apart) for the express purpose of making sure our children got to know them. Then my husband’s folks moved closer (changed states) to us, after their retirement.

  4. You said, “I can’t think of a single negative result of this particular kind of integration that I experienced.” That really struck me. It’s so true — children benefit life-long when they are allowed to interact deeply and regularly with the elderly. Your church sounds wonderful, and it seems your kids must engage family members of all ages there.

    It’s hard to do, isn’t it? It’s hard to initiate a friendship with an elderly person. They don’t usually initiate it, I think b/c they feel they’re intruding into a busy young family’s life. I’ve never been good at doing it either 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. apronstringsotherthings

    Oh what we can learn from one another, if we only spend time togetherf! Our children are missing out when they have little or no interaction with the generations who’ve lived out life ahead of them. I’m sure there will be opportunity presenting itself, keep a look out!
    For many years, we have chosen to keep our children with us during services. Though others around us do not always understand or agree with us, it’s blessed our family, and many others.
    I’ve enjoyed this study, learned so much, because we integrated our thoughts and hearts 🙂

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