Little things that happen in everyday family life.
"Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them..." Psm 127
After watching a video my sister-in-law sent meFood, Inc. ,I'm thinking we need to plant some more and get a cow!I made a compost bin today with chicken wire and planted a few more onions in the center of the mini-garden where I hadn't planted anything yet. Will need to till up more dirt and make a place for some cucumber seeds (organic ones!) Maybe I'll save some seeds and plant them next year or will I get sued? (*see film for explanation...haha)
Each year like many families, we take pictures on Easter. This year it seemed a bit odd to only have 3 kids in pictures! Everyone is growing up! Time really does have a way of seeming to fly. Reminds me to try to treasure each day and not wish "this week would end", but live each day, making memories along the way.
We even had an Easter egg hunt with the cousins! We had to come up with something to get the big kids involved so that the 5 year old cousin wouldn't have to hunt alone. ;)
We have been studying bones in Health. Ryan is starting to add these new words to his vocabulary. The week before Easter when we were shopping for shoes, Ryan tried on a pair of shoes. He told me, "The tongue of this shoe is bothering my metatarsals." A few days later his first molar was getting loose, he commented that his tooth was making his "masseter sore".
The other day my daughter was telling me a story about her two year old. As her husband was going to the car to go to work, carrying Jackson, his laptop, diaper bag, and cookies for Jackson's birthday party at school, he noticed a car had parked too close to him to get in on the carseat side. Like many of us, the word that came out of his mouth, ("crap" in this case) was not one you'd want your two year old repeating. He glanced at Jackson, hoping he hadn't noticed. As he got everything in the car and finally clicked the seatbelt onto Jackson, Jackson said, "crap". So much for not noticing! He didn't react and just hoped he'd forget that word. That evening he was telling my daughter what had happened as Jackson stood at the refrigerator playing with his magnetic letters. She slapped his arm, playfully as they laughed about it. Jackson looked over at them and said, "No hitting, Mommy." Ooops again! Then he casually walked over to her and hit her on the leg and then hit his dad and walked off.
We all had a good laugh at this story, but I was reminded again how important it is to set good examples for our kids. Sure, it's so obvious when they are two and repeat everything we say and do. How often do we see other maybe more hidden traits or characteristics that have been because of the examples we have set? Do they complain? Do they procrastinate? Do they show love and respect to older people? Sure we try to teach them with all the right words, but what examples are we SHOWING them? If we are not forgiving, if we hold a grudge, how can we expect our children to forgive each other or their friends when evil is done towards them? The list goes on and on. Praying that today I will be a godly example to my children, so they can see Him and not my failures!