Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Harrison and Lincoln were just a cute together. They really sized each other up. I think Harrison crawled all over Lincoln. :) They will definitely be a mess together in a few more months.
Thanks Jamie for all the fun-- and letting us stay practically ALL DAY! Can't wait to see your pictures.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Madeleine coloring in her garden yesterday.
Harrison getting a chance to play in there, too. :)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Suppose for a moment that you were asked to pass on some of the most important truths or lessons about life to four people whom you deeply cared about.
To one person you will pass on some of the most important things you have learned about being a husband or wife. (See yesterday’s post and the comments that follow.) To a second person, you will pass on some of the most important truths you have learned about being a mom or dad. (Tomorrow, I will mention a third person.)
What have you learned about being about being a parent that you would want to pass on to someone else? I will begin the list. Please comment and leave some truth or important principle that you would want to pass on.
The following are a few of mine:
Teach your child to love God and love people. A child learns this by seeing and hearing it in the life of her from mom and dad. A child quickly picks up whether or not this is really important in the life of his parents.
You are rearing the parents of your grandchildren. What you do will be passed on to another generation.
Laugh often in your home. Build a place of good memories.
Pray for the wisdom to know what to "let go" and to know what you need to deal with in the lives of your children.
Give your child lots of grace and truth. Good homes have an abundance of love along with God-honoring expectations and standards.
Be a regular, on-going learner. Most of us who are parents have much to learn. Watch parents who seem to be doing something right. Have conversations with these people. Read. Most of all–pray for wisdom.
Nurture your own life with God. Being a parent is to be vulnerable. Most of the time, our child see us for who we really are. Yes, that could make us nervous. (This might cause us to examine our lives.) On the other hand, this can be comforting. A child can see through our mistakes and blunders and know that we really do intend to do right before God and toward him or her as our child. Nevertheless, she does need to hear us apologize and admit our mistakes and wrongdoing.
Spend time talking and being with your child when he is very, very young. He might be more willing to continue to share his heart with you as he moves into adolescent years. Regardless, you have given your child very, very good memories of mom or dad being a safe, nurturing person.
Pay now or pay later. Being a parent is often hard work. Some parents close their eyes to behavior or attitudes that should be dealt with. Yes, this takes time and energy. For instance, a six year old might be very disrespectful toward his mother. Yes, she can close her eyes to this. The problem, however, only gets worse as this child soon becomes sixteen and is disrespectful toward his mother.
Never think that you have this parenting thing figured out. Being a parent can be very, very humbling.
This list is only a start. What will you add?
Sunday, August 12, 2007
He had pulled himself up and was looking quite proud! The garden toy was Madeleine's and we got it down from the attic this weekend for him. He LOVES it! And, so does little miss Madeleine. In fact, she seems to think that since it was hers first, she still gets first dibs on it. And so, the task of explaining how to share continues......
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Yesterday, Matt and I decided to take a quick little trip over to Tunica for the night. Madeleine absolutely LOVES to stay in hotels and it was a good chance to get away for a couple of days. We've been wanting to take her and do some relaxing/ playing in the pool. We stayed at a great hotel that had this huge pool and almost of half of it was only 1ft deep! Perfect for our little water babies. Madeleine was able to go all over this area by herself and was she proud of that! :) She kept saying "this is just my size!" This was Harrison's first experience being in the pool and he took to it well. He is Mr. Independent these days and wanted out of our arms (not gonna happen), but he kicked and splashed and then laid back and took in the scene. He floated (with help) in Madeleine's floaty and seemed to really enjoy that. But, being in the water really did him in and Madeleine too! They both slept the entire way home today -- almost 3 hours. It was one of the most peaceful car rides in a long time. :)
Also, Harrison has finally started to do a more "normal" crawl. All of a sudden he got up and started doing it. No more pulling himself around the house. Hurray! He looks like *such* a big boy, though.