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. "

Friday, September 02, 2016

Conversations with Amelia

Millie: (Playing with Little People toys) Mo-om!! Where is the mommy ai-el?
Mom: the mommy Ariel?
Millie: No, the mommy Ai-EL!
Mom: the mommy aisle?
Millie: Yes! WHERE IS THE MOMMY AISLE? Get it!
(Max and Mom look at each other in confusion.)
Max: Why don't you just get her a sucker or something?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Conversations with Alexander

Xander (5): I think in heaven, there will be video games. They will be even better than video games here. And the characters you can choose will all be bible story characters. Mom, do you think everyone is a baby in heaven? So everyone is a baby when they first get there?