- Mom: No you may not pray and if you fuss about it you'll go to your room. (This may need some explaining. I usually do encourage my kids to pray, however, this morning there was an argument about who would get to pray and after an executive decision one child decided to loudly protest.)
- Elias: I can't pick up the toys because I'm sick and I don't want to get my toys sick.
- Elias: I know where babies come from, when you eat too much your stomach gets big and then there is a baby inside.
- Any mom who has seen the trying to hold it, "potty dance", will appreciate this.
Mom: Do you need to go potty?
Emma: No, I'm just exercising
- This conversation took place in the car.
Emma: Mommy, mommy
Mom: Yes, Emma what do you want?
Emma: No, I'm talking to Elias and pretending he's the mom.
Emma: Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. (each mommy got louder and more frustrated)
Mom: Emma, you may not talk like that even if you are pretending.
Emma: No, mommy, I'm trying to get your attention.
- This conversation took place after the kids were put in bed with instructions of no talking or getting out of bed. Names have been withheld to protect the not so innocent.
Mom: You are getting a spanking because you disobeyed Mommy and got out of bed.
child: You better not spank me because I will cry and then Brooke would wake up.
- Emma: When Brooke was in your tummy, how did the doctor get her out?
Mom: That's a good question for daddy.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Rub a dub dub.
Three men in a tub.
The butcher, the baker, the candle stick maker.
If their boat had been stronger
My story would have been longer.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Meeting these ladies got me to thinking what thier world is like. They don't hear or see anything. In our day and age of information overload they live quite oppositely.
And then I read an article, Light in the Dark, in Reader's Digest this weekend. Liz Hooker is mother of these three triplets who were born prematurely and are deaf AND blind. These little girls have never seen or heard thier mama. At 7 years of age the girls are slowly learning sign language and being able to express themselves.
These precious little girls are learning about the world only from touch. This has really gotten me thinking. How would I teach my child about God if I couldn't use words or pictures. How would I explain the truth of the gospel without being able to explain who Jesus is(someone they can't put thier hands on or see a picture of). Romans 10:14 has come to mind often, "But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?" I have no idea if any of the Hooker family know the Lord or if they are trying to tell thier girls of the loving sovereign God who not only allowed but ordained thier blindness and deafness. Whether it's a "normal" hearing and seeing person or not, understanding the gospel is a miraculous work of God. I have often prayed since reading this article that the same God who graciously enlightened my heart to His truth would penetrate thier deafness and blindness and allow them to know thier loving creator.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
On Saturday we celebrated Brooke's first birthday. Mom helped me make the teddy bear cake. I love the way cakes look in pictures, so much more impressive than in person. When we sang her happy birthday she started clapping and singing.
Because of her new accomplishment of walking she wasn't very interested in playing with her toys but preferred to carry them. We should have gotten her dumb bells.
Monday, January 7, 2008
On January 1st Grandma and Grandpa Haverland came to our home for a visit. It was tight quarters in our place, but oh so worth it to have them at our home.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
It was a beautiful sunny day and thankfully we made it early enough before the crowds.
The tender moments. Enjoying the presents!!!