Shortly before Teach Them Diligently, I met a new friend: Jackie from The Freedom Girls. She and I tweeted and enjoyed getting to know one another. Once I arrived at the conference, I could not wait to meet her….
When I walked up to her table, I noticed something: she and her daughters were relaxed, comfortable, completely enjoying themselves together, at a table just being together.
It was a beautiful site. I love seeing Moms and daughters getting along and not just ‘doing something’ but being together.
“ministry through the foundation of holy scripture and the use of multi-media services will create opportunities for children, parents and friends to interact with one another in the name of Jesus Christ and receive the promised blessings. This ministry will empower and equip this generation of children to boldly proclaim the Word of God and free themselves from the world’s compromises in the areas of purity, righteousness and integrity.”
Psalm 24:4 “He who has clean hands and a pure heart. Who does not lift up his soul to an idol such is the generation of those who seek him. Who seek your face oh God of Jacob.”(source)
While we chatted, I read through her pamphlets and a few pages in her book: The Story of Ruth Through a Child’s Eyes. I also spent a few moments holding her Ruth doll. (I’ll admit it, I still love dolls).
All in all, I fell in love with Ruth and Jackie….and The Freedom Girls! I was so excited about a family with a purpose for play. A purpose not to increase the vanity of a child, but to bring them to the love of Christ through stories…and a doll. And that purpose does not end with the child, but involves the parent.
And we brought a Ruth doll and Book home.
My daughter was so excited. I love that at 9, she still wants to play with dolls…and wants me to play with her. So, we drove home (she held the box the entire way) and when we arrived, she ran in the house, finished her chores and patiently waited while we unwrapped Ruth.
Normally, I need my husband’s help to ‘get a toy out of the box.’ This time, I did not. When we opened the box, we saw a Re-Birth Certificate, the Book and then Ruth. I was so delighted to see that she was not held in the box by metal twist ties, but, her neck, midsection and feet had a cushion with a silk string tied around it. Her head/hair had a fish net stocking to keep it in place and her hands/feet were covered with little plastic baggies (that were very easy to remove).
As we took her out of the box, I saw a light shine in my daughter’s eyes. She took her shoes and head covering out of the bags that were securely taped in the box finished dressing her and stood her up. While a stand could be used with this doll, we found we did not need one. She stood (quite easily) on her own.
Another aspect about the doll my daughter really likes is this: the body is soft, yet the chest area below the neck was not a soft body, but made of the same material as the hands and feet…
But the best part…..was this
If you have been following my blog, yo will know that this sweet girl came home from the public school system dealing with anxiety and a dread of reading. For three years, we have been reading, daily. Some books, easier than others. So, when she asks if she can read to me, I jump on board. This book: The Story of Ruth Through a Child’s Eyes, has been a book our entire family has enjoyed. It has 112 pages and is intended for ages: 6-13. The end of each chapter has great questions to answer and a place for journaling.We are reading the book as a family-even the boys. (My husband has asked…that i not read it if he is not home because he wants to enjoy it with us!)
This is family learning and discipleship at it’s finest.
I love the way this book pulls out the heart issues we all deal with: sharing, loving, fighting, loyalty, integrity, anger and more. Yet, it is sweet, gentle…and those issues are addressed in God’s word. You see, as you read through this book, you are actually taking a deeper step/study into the story of Ruth. It is one of my favorite stories in the Bible.
I hope you have enjoyed learning about Ruth and her book. We love having both in our home and I pray it will become a family heirloom that will be passed down to my Grandchildren (did I really just write that word?). Bt, that’s not for many many years! However, we, as parents need to realize, we are raising our children to be parents to our Grandchildren. We are passing on a legacy. This is definitely part of the legacy I want to pass along. One filled with opportunities to sit, play and grow with my children and grandchildren.
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What do you think? Do you think Ruth and her book would be a good addition to your home?
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