On Day 3 the family worked hard preparing our basement bedroom for a (rent free) tenant to move in this weekend...a fulltime Art student (Talisa) who needs a place to stay for the next 12 months. What a collective work it turned out to be!
Tonight, I gave the kids some zwadi (gifts) as a mid-week treat.
The sixth day of Kwanzaa is about expressing yourself through music, art, dance, and thought. It is also about beautifying your living environment such as your home or neighborhood.
Our thoughts on this topic included, how Dad decided to paint our media room espresso brown, the lego structures the boys got for Christmas, how we worked on our lawn together this past spring and the zawadi gifts we made this week.
Nia means Purpose...what is your purpose, a very hard question for kids to answer, but Jonathan (age 9) said, "To survive". My prayer for him, to survive and THRIVE! We'll be working more on this priniciple through our character development training in 2010. I know the exact dates and times when my purpose has been clarified in my life. This photo is a good representative of one of those moments.
It was back in 1996 when I inherited Grandma Josephine Turpin's scrapbook (she's the featured ancestor on the right). It was that day that I knew that raising kids would be the most important job I would ever do and leaving a legacy of my faith was going to be a major part in that task.