• 18Jan

    Benjamin is blue

    Josiah is green

    Abigail is pink

    Hadassah is purple

    Maranatha is yellow

    Payden is red

    And I think we are going to make

    Caleb orange

    No, we have not painted our children, turned them into rainbows, or tried to change their nationality.  In an effort at efficiency I have assigned each child a color.  This has helped in many ways.  Take for instance, toothbrushes.  Yesterday I walked into the bathroom and found Maranatha (2) using a blue toothbrush to brush her teeth.  We are learning something new.  She has found this to be exciting and I’ve found her in the bathroom at odd times, several times through out the last couple of days.  Anyway, it was easy to see that she was using the wrong toothbrush because that is one of the things that we have color coded.  Luckily it wasn’t my blue toothbrush, but rather Benjamin’s. 

    Another thing that we have color coded is cups.  That allows me to put out a row of cups on the table and then any time they are thirsty they just get some water in their cup and have a drink.  This also allows me to see instantly when one child is “stealing” a drink from another child’s cup . . helps to keep germs under control.

    The color code allows them to have ownership.  In a family this size it is often easiest to just view them all as a whole . . . lump them all together, or at least into groups.  So this was thought up to give them some individuality.  The kids have latched on to it.  Abigail told me one day that pink was her favorite color and I wondered how long it would be before she realized that pink was the color that I had assigned to her and that she didn’t actually pick that color herself.  Dassy told me one day when we were out shopping that “blank (whatever the item was) was her’s because it was purple.  That meant that it was time to talk about the limits on that sense of ownership.  =)

3 Comments to Colors

  • What an awesome idea. I am going to keep the list of colors in case I forget and need to make sure things are color coded correctly. You are putting order back into your lives sweet Liisa. It will help you to feel more settled. I think the colors are a perfect match for each child. I haven’t met them but I just see it in who you have said they are and who they are in photos.

    Benjamin – gentle and sweet – blue is perfect for him
    Josiah – ready for the new steps in life – green is the color of new life.
    Abigail – Mommy and Daddy’s first little princes – every princess must have pink
    Hadassah – regal and royal in God’s eyes – as was her name sake
    Maranatha – full of life and sunshine – yellow is the color of the stars in her eyes
    Payden – all boy, full of life, charging ahead, so watch out :)- red is perfect
    Caleb – to bring joy – yes, you guessed it orange brings joy to the heart

    So as you go forward remember you choose the colors, God choose the child. So as you face the days ahead accept the gentle hand of God as He brings new life into your breaking heart and heals it and shows you that you are His princess, His regal one, filled with His sonshine, and the courage to charge ahead to find the joy He has for you. All in the little lives He has gifted you. They will be your message from God of His love and care and the reminder that your joy comes from Him.

    We send our blessing to you and your children that you will see and know, and that you will hear and know, and that you will feel and know that God IS almighty and He will see you through each step of life and fill your days with joy. That He will bring prosperity to all you put your hands to and that He will cause you to be a blessing to each and every person you meet each day for the rest of your lives.

    A blessing is to be spoken out loud. We cannot come and do that so go back and read it out loud over and over until you can believe that God has and will bring these blessings to you. When your children are awake read it to all of them also. God will use them too.

    Baruch HaShem Adonai! Blessed is the name of Adonai, God almighty!

  • What a great idea! What an organizer! And what a blessing and interesting reply from Joanne!

    My computer was on the blink over the weekend, so I did not get this “Remembering Dan” until today (Monday). I am glad, because I might not have read Joanne’s reply otherwise. I printed them both to read to my wife tonight in our prayer time. We are praying for you and yours every evening.

    Blessings,

    Wentworth Pike