Sunday, April 24, 2011

Through the eyes of a 5 year old...

On one of the many rainy days we've had in the past week, I was driving in the van with Jonah (5) and Timothy (3):
Jonah: "Timothy? Do you know why Jesus sends the rain?"
Timothy: " No, Calah (his name for his brother)"
Jonah: "Jesus sends the rain...sooo....WE CAN SPLASH IN THE PUDDLES!!!"

I smiled and chuckled and felt the nudge of the Lord "take note", He said to me. In that moment, I was reminded that Jesus is as much interested in our pleasure as He is in the practicals of life!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Recently, I've been doing a lot of sitting around. No, not by choice but simply because of this little life I've been growing inside of me for over 40 weeks now.

Anyway, Brian and I have also had lots of time to sit together and talk. However, this is not a new aspect of our life together. Even when I'm not prego or nursing, we have always seemed to prioritize our connection even in simple ways. Often in the spring and summer, once the kids are tucked into bed, we will take a cup of tea out to the porch swing, even for just 20 minutes and sit together. Sometimes we talk. Sometimes we just sit.

Anyone who frequents my house knows that we are not relaxing together because everything is in order inside our house. In other words, for some reason (probably because we are best friends and love to be together!....and, uh, maybe a smidge of exhaustion and, at times, laziness :- ) we have usually prioritized our connection when the kiddos are not in the picture at the moment. It could be really easy in these years of raising little kids to take every spare minute and tidy this or clean that or tackle this overdue project, etc. I'm realizing that time with my hubby is WAY more important to the health and welfare of our family. And I'm also coming to terms with the fact that, when the kids are older, I can begin to prioritize the house more without compromising my connection with Brian.

It's really the grace of God that I can sit in the midst of a messy living room and focus on a conversation with Brian. Now, truth be told, I have not always been this way. Nor is my life void of moments where if the table doesn't get uncovered from junk, I feel as though I could rip my hair out! It's all part of the process of learning and growing. But at the end of the day, I'm so grateful that I can honestly say "I really know and love this man I'm falling asleep beside!" And I'm sure that, one day, my kids will be glad that I can say that too!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Profound Observations

Tonight we got on the topic of belly buttons. The kids like to feel my protruding belly button. Jonah thinks it is the baby's "piggy toes" he is feeling. I showed him my belly button. He chuckled and said "It's closed". Come to think of it, I don't even remember what my belly button looked like before babies! Brian doesn't remember either :-)

Anyway, Jonah then needed to take a look at Brian's belly button. "That's cool!" he chuckled. Then we had Jonah show us his. We told him he had a pretty cool belly button.

"Yeah. It's just like my p---s", Jonah stated matter-of-factly.
"Bub, how is it like your p---s?", Brian asked.
Jonah responded "Well, it has a little hole in it like my p---s does."

Hmm. Funny how "that word" has become such an everyday word in our house. When we had our first son, it was always spoken rarely, quickly and quietly. I honestly never thought we would talk so freely about these parts. (Note: I'm avoiding it's use here to avoid google crawling my text and associating me with undesirable company!)

Ah, yes. Another day full of smiles.