Friday, December 20, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Part 2)

A couple of years ago I purchased an AWESOME story set for my boys entitled "What GOD Wants for Christmas".  They definitely enjoy it.  I love reading it to them.  This is by far one of my favorite things we enjoy at Christmas time.  I think this is a GREAT tradition and one all should enjoy.

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year..."

The Heavy Heart of Being a Mommy

Today I learned of something horrific, easily one of my worst fears as a Mommy.   A guy that works at the Baptist Church in walking distance of our house was arrested for what the police report describes as "horrific"...sodomy, child rape, electronic solicitation of a child, child pornography...held with a 6 million dollar bond.  Unfortunately these types of stories are not rare, happens everyday, and is something that builds anxiety in me more than I care to admit.  With this being so close to home....did I mention we could walk to this church?? reminds me of the fallen, dark world that I have to subject my children to.  So today I had yet another conversation with Brady about the things to be careful of in regard to this evilness - of course edited to a 7 year old level - and how to handle such a situation if he - PLEASE LORD NO!!! - finds himself in one.  I hate that I have to have this conversation with him.  I hate that I have to rob him of his complete and total innocence by broaching such a subject.  I hate that my heart has been heavy all day thinking about this poor child....about this tortured mother.  Oh the heavy heart of mommyhood.....LORD hold my children tight in your arms, envelope them in your protective love, grow my faith to a strength that can surpass ANYTHING that comes my way in this fallen world.

fun time watching the Veteran's Day parade with my loves

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

One of my favorite parts of this Christmas season is taking the boys to the Live Nativity at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.  They do such a spectacular job with reenacting the story of Jesus' birth and life with more than 12 scenes of people and animals.  Every year I am amazed at how attentative my boys are of this depiction. It is a part of our Christmas tradition that absolutely warms my heart.  Their attention - and focus - on the real meaning of Christmas, even if for just a half hour or so, thrills me.
Last night when we walked through the early scenes, Evan looked at me and said "Mommy, I like Gabriel in the middle of the place like that."  A few scenes later I overhead Maddox saying to Evan: "Look Evan, there is Jesus."  Later on the second to the last scene, the crucifixion, Brady looked at me and said: "If I saw Jesus die like that I would pass out.  I would be so sad."

Warms this momma's soul.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fuh course!

Recently there have been some great things to hear Maddox say.  I LOVE the words coming out of my sweet two year old.  One of my favorites is "fuh course" (of course).  It is so cute the way he says it...ask him a question and if the answer is affirmative, he will definitively say "fuh course".  Another fun thing to hear him say is anything that starts with an "s".  He does not pronounce the "s".  For example, instead of snowman, he says "noman".  I love it.