It’s been a few months since I’ve made one of these posts. Here are a few of the things that I want to remember about where my children are right now:
- The other morning in church, we sang “Step By Step”, which just happens to be Jackson’s favorite song. We got him a CD player for his birthday and I made him a CD with all of his favorite songs. I included Rich Mullins’ original version of the song and Jack loves to turn it on full blast and just belt it out. Anyway, at church we start singing this song and Jackson looks up from his toys with the biggest grin on his face and goes, “I know this one!” From that moment on, he sang at full voice. People across the aisle could hear him. I love it.
- Yesterday, my little theologian told me, as I was tucking him in bed, “God is, like, humungous!” Imagine all of the inflection a four-year old can muster resting solely on the word “humungous” and you’ll have a pretty good idea of how Jackson said it. And He’s right!
- Yesterday was another rite of passage for Joshua. We threw football in the front yard…and I didn’t have to dial down my throws. I actually threw the ball at a pretty good clip…and he caught just about every one. And his return throws actually stung my hands a bit. Now, I’m used to him slinging the baseball around, but this was new territory with the football. Then we played some basketball and it happened again…I actually had to try a little in order to beat him. He actually played some pretty tough D…for a 7 year old. I can see that the sports thing is really starting to click with him. This is what I’ve been waiting for!
- Abby Kate makes me so proud. A few weeks ago, she shocked her mother and me by getting up in front of a room full of church families and singing karaoke. Her song of choice was Taylor Swift’s “Our Song” and she sang every note with her whole heart. We think music and art will be her areas of interest, which means she’s probably going to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Seeing the smile on her face as the crowd started cheering and clapping at the end of her performance made me really proud. I suspect we’ll have a few more choral performances and talent shows in our future in the years to come.
- For some reason, our kids are really obsessed with heaven these days. We find them talking among themselves about heaven, about what their rooms will look like in heaven, how we’ll be playing football in heaven someday…stuff like that. They’ve also taken a real interest in my parents. They’ve taken to calling them “Big Daddy and Me-Ma” and they know that they’re in heaven and that they’ll get to see them there someday. Jackson especially likes to ask questions about heaven and about what it’ll be like when he gets older. I think it frustrates him that I can’t answer all of his questions about heaven. When he asks something about what heaven will look like or be like, I usually answer him, “I really don’t know, buddy. I’ve never been to heaven.” And he gives me this blank stare like I’m letting him down! It’s hilarious.
- The other day Abby Kate came walking through the kitchen holding her Bitty Baby, which is her favorite baby doll. The doll is named “Lilly” and she’s been part of the family ever since we bought her. Anyway, Abby Kate comes up to me with a big grin on her face, looks at Lilly and says, “Say hello to Grandpa!” Slow down, there, sister. None of this grandpa stuff for quite a while.
- Our church’s Vacation Bible School was a few weeks ago. During the class sessions, some of our ministry interns walked around with a video camera and “interviewed” some of the kids. They asked them a lot of different questions and then they’d edit them together and show the responses later on. Sunny said one intern came up to Joshua, turned the camera on, and asked him, “So, what do we do when we come to church every Sunday?” Without hesitation, Joshua responded by saying, “We listen to big, long, boring sermons!” For the record, Joshua is STILL grounded for that little remark.