Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Conversations with Xander and Millie

Millie: Mom, can I be married when I'm 15?
Mom: Well, legally, yes- but you have to have permission from your mom and dad first. You have to be 18 to get married on your own. 
Millie: Can I do that? Be married when I'm 18?
Mom: Well, yes, but the most important thing is that your marry the right person, not that you get married at a certain age. 
Xander: And I am NOT the right person, Millie. 
Millie: Ok, then I want Jakin. 

You heard it here first, people. 

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hospitals in Heaven

December 6, 2012

Interesting insight into my 5-year-old Maggie's mind today in the car: "Mom,  I used to think there were a lot of hospital beds in heaven. You know, because people's bodies are broken here, then they die, then they go to heaven." Great reminder for her and for myself about the hope of heaven and the truth that there are no broken bodies in heaven! I think she is still processing all she saw and heard when my mom died. Love these sweet moments with my Maggie Mae.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On the Subject of Good Books

October 25, 2011:

This fall we started a nightly family reading time of longer chapter books for the first time. It's been priceless. Our first selection: Charlotte's Web. Max and Maggie have been totally engrossed, and tonight when we were reading the end of the book when Charlotte dies all alone, I was tearing up as I read to them. Amazing how a good writer can even make you care about one kind and selfless little spider.

Conversations with Maggie

(After working all afternoon on Operation Christmas Child with Dana Ray, Maggie marched up to me to ask me a question:)

Maggie (9): Mom, are you proud of me? Are you proud of my hard work?

Me: Maggie, I am SO proud of you. You worked so hard, and you did a great job. 

Maggie (with an enormous, charming smile): Well, how 'bout you turn that pride into CASH. 

 Can't make this stuff up!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Conversations with Millie

Millie (3) and I just walked out our front door and stopped to look at the sunset. 

Me: Look at that. It's so beautiful. Why do you think God gave us sunsets and sunrises?

Millie: Because it's pink. 

Me: Yes, but why? What was the reason? Why do you think God decided to do that?

Millie: Ummm... Because of Adam and Eve. They had to take care of all the animals. And they had no parents. And they needed them.  And Adam and Eve were never kids.  They growed down into kids.  But that's a dipperent story. 

Childrens' minds are so fascinating to me. Sometimes I wonder if I really listened to all the words she's jabbering through, I would find they unlock the key to the universe. Or that they are complete nonsense. One or the other. But it sure is precious.

Later, after I had tucked Millie into bed for the night, I had to pop back in there to put some clothes and shoes away. She was jabbering away and pauses when I came in. "I just talkin' to God, Mom. I just praisin' Him."

No wonder Jesus said "Let the little ones come to me, and do not hinder them. "

Friday, September 16, 2016

Conversations with Max

September 16, 2014

Quote of the night from our dinner table:

"So, Mom... if God is not contained by space, then Hell has to be in another dimension, right?" -Maximus (8)

Help, please? I may not be a deep enough thinker to raise this boy! Good thing he's got Lucas Roebuck as his daddy!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Conversations with Maggie

September 10, 2015

Today while I was loading the dishwasher, Maggie Mae (8) came into the kitchen and asked, "Can God make choices?" 

We talked it out for a few minutes, and I eventually decided that the angle she was exploring had to do with whether a Being outside of time could make choices and/or decisions, concepts we understand within time. I thought it was a great question. Definitely got me thinking and trying to think through scriptures that would help answer her question.

I thought of Ephesians 1:4 "“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight," and Maggie's question really caused be to think about it in a whole new way. Maybe God did ALL His choosing/deciding before time began?  Love it when my kids challenge me to think about something in a new or different way.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Conversations with Max

"Max: I don't listen to my heart. I listen to my mind and strategically choose everything I do. "