What are you most thankful for this year?

I am thankful for so many things that I have a hard time trying to narrow it down. I am thankful for seeing God working in my kids. Even at 3 and 4, He uses them to bless others. They especially bless me when I see them understand something new about God. When I see that light go on in their heads, it’s amazing. The other day Princess was pretending that her friends were chasing her trying to kill her. She has a fascination with killing, but I hear that’s kind of normal at this age. It’s still alarming, though. Anyways, she was running away from them and then she turned around and killed them.

At dinner that night, Hubby said, “You know Ella, Jesus told us to love our enemies.” We had to explain what an enemy was, but then she looked at Hubby with these big eyes. Her look said, “Are you crazy daddy?” I told her that instead of turning around and killing her friends turned enemies, she should have turned around and hugged them. She was taken aback by that and I think she is still thinking through it. When she processes it all, I know she will come back and say something really profound. I can’t wait to hear it.
I really hope that maybe that will curb her fascination with killing, too. She really does try hard to be like Jesus would want. It’s just amazing to me how clearly you can see God working in a child. They start life without so many of the things that clog up our view of God as adults. It’s refreshing to see such simple love and adoration of God.

I’m thankful for so much more, but today my thoughts are on how great my kids are.

What are you most thankful for? Leave me a comment.

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Sunday morning we were listening to Princess practice a song she was going to sing for church. She was going to sing “Zacchaeus“. Little Man just randomly yells out, very clearly and loudly, “That’s BS!” We were shocked, but we cracked up as we realized that he meant that it was a song they sang at VBS. He had just failed to say the “V”. Kids can be so dangerous when they are still developing their language skills! Even funnier, both the kids started laughing with us like they understood what was so funny. Of course, they didn’t. It was great comic relief. I had to, very carefully, tell everyone else when they got to church. They thought it was pretty funny, too.

Isn’t she beautiful? I’m not biased or anything…

Doodaddy posted a great story about Boobaby today that reminded me of something funny Princess said the other day. I was upstairs checking on her and Little Man because it was awfully quiet…never a good sign! They were fine and being good. Whew!

Anyways, they were playing Barbies. Actually, they were playing Mary, Joseph and Jesus with Barbies. Barbies, mind you, no Ken dolls. P has this fascination lately with being pregnant. She will make LM pretend to be her husband and take her to the hospital where whe will have a cat(baby). The fact that she doesn’t even use a baby is wierd enough, but her brother is her husband? That girl has enough imagination for 10 kids I think; which I don’t deny is a good thing. Her teachers at preschool just went on and on last year about her imagination. Jesus was being portrayed by a McDonald’s Bratz toy. We are against her playing with Bratz. Isn’t the name enough to say no to? But then they wear skanky clothes and have bad attitudes on their faces. She was given this one by somebody and I couldn’t refuse it. I should have thrown it in the garbage when I got home, but it slipped through somehow.

Anyways (again), she wanted me to be the daddy (Joseph), but I was kind of in the middle of some work, so I said, “Why don’t you let Foster be the daddy and the baby?” And you will never believe what she said! She said, “That would be ridiculous!”

At first, I wasn’t sure I heard her right, so I asked her, “Did you just say ridiculous?” Of course, she said, “Yeah.” I about burst out laughing! I managed to hold it in, but I cracked up after I came downstairs.

Hmm…what does Chris think of this, I wonder?

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I am so tired! This past week has been crazy! (Which is why I haven’t been posting anything.) I was cleaning my house like crazy because my in-laws came on Thursday. I had to preach this Sunday and we had Little Man’s 3rd birthday party today after church. My hubby is napping right now, but I decided not to because when I took a nap on Thursday, I slept for 5 hours! I would like to sleep tonight. But I am exhausted. I will be glad when everything settles into the normal fall routine. Well, it won’t actually be normal. Little Man starts Head Start this year. He and Princess will be in the same class. Princess is 16 days too young to go to Kindergarten this year. It will be good for Little Man to have his sister the first year. They will have 4 half days of school per week.

I’ll miss them both, but I plan on making good use of that time! I plan on dropping them off at the bus and then doing devotions. I’ve been doing them at night, but I think the morning would be better. Usually, I would get on the computer, but Chris has started his Masters and he’ll be up and doing that online in the mornings. Which will be good because it will make me do other, more productive things with my free time.

Oh! In other news, both Chris and I passed our ordination exams. In November, we will have interviews. That is the last step. Hopefully, all will go well. I look forward to that being over, too. The test was probably the worst part, so it was a great relief to find out last week that we passed.

So, all in all, I’m glad the summer is over. It’s been so hectic!

Princess had a dream last night. It was really wonderful!

She dreamed that Jesus was on the Cross and she was on the cross with Him. They both died and then rose again. Mary was sad and didn’t see the tomb. Then two angels came. One stood at the head and one at the foot. Then Mary saw a man and said, “Are you the gardener?” The man said, “I’m your God” and Princess was on Jesus’ back. (That is the quick version of what she said; most wording exact.)

How very theological of her. She amazes Chris and I daily with her wisdom. Mark 10:13-16 says,

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. (NIV)

Princess, who will be 5 in December, accepted Jesus into her heart at the age of three. Her amazing understanding of theological truths can only come from her listening to God. We already allow her to take communion because of what we see her understanding. I know that only God can impart such knowledge and that because she is a child she is more open to it than most adults. I thank God for allowing us the opportunity to raise our two wonderful children and for giving us the ability to help them learn more about God. We do devotions every night, but just reading Bible stories cannot impart the knowledge that Princess has. And really, the only reason we do devotions so regularly is because Princess refuses to go to bed without it. Thank you Princess for your child-like devotion to our wonderful God and Savior.