The Children (in general)


Jacob will be 5 years young on September 8. Here is an example of what these little guys know at so young an age!

Jacob helped his dad take a quiz on Facebook: Name the logo. Jacob knew most of them. Maybe not exactly the company names, but he knew what they represent.  For example,  Jacob did not know “Nike” but he knew the logo was for shoes; he did not know “Windows” but he knew the logo was for computers; he did not know “Pepsi” but he knew the logo was for pop. I think he got 8 out of 10.

They aslo know slogans. When we drive by Subway sandwich shop he quotes the slogan that is quoted on Public TV.

Last night at 9 pm, little Jacob comes from bed (not yet asleep) to tell me: “Sunlight travels 93 million miles to ripen and dry the fruit that we need to help our help our bodies grow strong and healthy. I thought you would be curious about that. . . . .”

Moms, now here’s YOUR test. What is the sunshine slogan for?

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When we first moved to our house, Emma was 4 years. We did not have a play set outside. Emma was invited to use the play set two doors over. It contained 2 swings, one slide and one rope.

Three years ago we inherited a large outdoor play set from our church.  In fair weather it is used daily.

After we adopted our BIG play set, the neighbor removed the swings and slide from their SMALL play set. It now hosts two seat hammocks (for the adults of the home).

Since this spring, Jacob (soon to be 5 yrs) and his neighbor friend Shane (8 yrs) are more often found camped out at the top of the SMALL play set. Since the ladder was removed, they use a toy car to hoist themselves up to the platform.

Go figure!

(Notice the collection of tiny green apples atop the platform of the small play set.)

Last night I enjoyed a terrific visit with my God son and his wonderful family.

William will celebrate his 9 year birthday this next Thursday. He becomes more amazing each time I see him.

William, his older brother and I were discussing the “qualities” of a parent versus a child. Matter of factly William says, “If parents are nice, the children will pick a good nursing home.”

Need any more be said?!

pictureThank God for female preschool teachers (and elementary ed teachers).

Mother’s Day: I don’t know about you, but it’s the main reason I send my kids to school.

In my family the husband/dad falls very short when it comes to being sentimental. Now, don’t get me wrong. He was in to all that stuff when he was courting me. He is also lacking in “helping” the kids to show their affection to mom. It has taken me a long time to “get over it” because I like gifts and more so, I like to be shown that I am appreciated.  And I admit that it has been hard for me to get over the lack of cards and gifts from my kids when it comes to Mother’s Day, my birthday and the like because the hubby knows that I expect it.

Today I thank Miss Sarah. Today when I retrieved Jacob from preschool he had a gift box for me. “Open this! Open this!” (It’s cool that the little ones can’t wait because I can’t wait either!) Jacob made a beautiful dragonfly necklace out of sparkling beads. I asked if I could wear it right then. I wanted to show it off while running errands! You should see it when the sun hits it! Ooh!

Jacob: Mom, are bats good?

Mom: Who made the bats?

J: God. And everything God made is glorious.

M: Right.

J: Are mosquitoes good? Bats eat mosquitoes.

M: So they are glorious too!

 

Phew. I got out of that one!

Just kidding. Just shows ya adults that everything God made is Good and has a Purpose.

One of Jacob’s favorite songs is David Crowder Band’s “Everything Glorious.” I always tell Jacob that God makes all things glorious and God made Jacob therefore, my little Jacob is glorious. Ohhh, he is soooo glorious!!

 

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

Yeah, You make everything glorious

And I am Yours

What does that make me?

Coincidentally, two days after my last post (Prayer for . . . Parent), I read a great picture book with my two young boys. It has a wonderful message. The book is Tough Chicks by Cece Meng, copyright 2009. I may have to write a fan letter!

I highly recommend the book.

And as an added note, next time you are in public and

1. Your kids are wild, support them and yourself knowing that “They are good!”

2. Someone else’s kids appear to be wild/mean/out of control, support them with the benefit of doubt that perhaps “They are good!”  (you never know what battle they may be fighting)

Do enjoy and stand up for your children.