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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Interview with a Four Year Old

...photo by Lindy Adams...
What is your name: Owen


How old are you: 4

How much do you weigh: 6 pounds

How tall are you: 6 feet 5 hands

What is your favorite thing to do: Help my mom with ice cubes

What is your super power: I’m really fast… I mean SUPER fast

Favorite color: Green

Favorite food: Chicken fries and some pickles

Favorite number: 1

Favorite animal: Cows

Least favorite thing mom makes you do: My mom tries to give me some sugar – that I don’t like

What do you dream about? About bikes

What do you like most about your sister: She makes me happy from being so smart

If one wish could come true for you, what would it be: A teddy bear, because I love them

What makes you laugh: Making silly faces

Who will you marry: Olivia, Rosie, Emme, and Laurie

How much money do you have: $6.00

Are you happy: Yup

*Mom, this is all the words I want to say*

Friday, July 23, 2010

Owen

                       ...photo by John Christian Adams...www.goforjohn.com

With Owen’s birthday tomorrow, I have been reflecting in what an amazing person he is.


If you have spent any time with Owen, you will know that he is not like most other little boys. He’s sensitive, and sees the world in such a different way, and yet with such maturity it is almost scary. For instance: I was upset while back, and was trying not to cry in the car with the kids…no big deal, just one of those days. Owen at first was not aware I was upset, but then, he figured it out.

He asks, “Mom, are you upset?”

I tried my hardest to blow it off, showing him a wary smile and assuring him I was just fine.

Owen: “You’ve told me not to lie about how I am feeling, are you doing that now?”

Me: “You are right, I guess I’m just having a bad day today, nothing to do with you bud, I’ll be just fine.” At this point, I’m crying not because I am sad, but because his sensitivity to see how I was feeling. I turn back around so he can’t see me…

Owen: “Are you crying? Mom, pull over and look at me. There is nothing we can’t talk through and face together. “

~~~ And with a son like Owen, I’m pretty sure he’s right. ~~~

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Ruff"-Housing...2 yr old Semantics


...photos by Lindy Adams...

I thought that Owen held the title of one-uping me....turns out, Ava's a contender.

Ava loves playing with our dog Layla. Just loves it - - she loves to pretend she's a puppy and rolls all over Layla snuggling and covering her with kisses...and, since it's Ava, sometimes she gets a little too aggressive like jumping on Layla's back.

So was the scene last night. Ava was playing puppy with Layla saying "Ruff! Ruff!" and following her around, well, when Layla was trying to quit the game, Ava turned more aggressive, trying to jump on her back, so I said:

"Ava, stop playing rough with Layla!"

That stinker pauses, looks at me, then smiles. She turns around, jumps right back on Layla saying:

"Bark! Bark!"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Calculator Man

(this picture is a little blurry as I took it with my camera phone...that's had better days)
Last Night's Conversation
Ava: Can you please get me a glass of water, Owen? (really don't know why she asked him, but ok, I don't have to get it I thought)
Owen: Sorry, but I'm really busy right now, so I can't.
[pause]

Thank you for saying please though, I wish I didn't have so much to do so I could help you.

[Ava and I both laugh]

It's not funny! I'm the calculator man and there is just SO much to calculate.

[I'm still laughing]

Mom, I don't know why you are laughing, I don't laugh at you when you are trying to work.

-- Kid's got a point...but the calculator man??


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Reading Rainbow: The Shack

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I have heard of this book in passing for awhile now. I have even heard some of the controversy surrounding it, but I did not pay much attention to it except to know that it is out there.

With my vacation time in MN (which was wonderful by the way, but I'll write about that later), I thought I would check it out from the library.

If you have read some of my previous posts, you will have read that I have been struggling trying to figure out what to do with my kids and broaching the whole church situation.

This book just affirmed for me everything I have been seeking in a relationship with God and what I want to teach my children about God.

If you have the chance to only read one book, please read this book.

I am sure that not everything is completely "with scripture" as the critics claim, but I say if you get hung up on this issue, then you have entirely missed the point, and then, you should read it again. On my soap box a little bit with this (as I believe I can be as this is a personal blog), I challenge what discrepancies you do find to Biblical teachings a) this is a fictional book, not the Bible b) I don't think this is any more out there than the Purpose Driven Life or any other christian cult favorites. Who gets to decide what gets the "dove" stamp of approval?? c) Are we so sure that this couldn't be more accurate than what is traditionally taught in church? We are not God, therefore we can in no way imagine or teach God in all of His nature, as by design, we don't understand it.

This book made me cry, laugh, and yearn to have a relationship with God. I hope it does the same for you.