1341. Taking the kids outside for a walk.
1342. Chatting with two of my sisters ♥.
1343. Tossing junk from my third bookshelf; loving the tidiness.
1344. Chrissy coming over.
1345. My lovely neighbour bringing me grapes.
1346. Sam asking me to snuggle him in his crib at naptime, and snoozing for twenty minutes.
1347. Sam and Vava being naughty together and playing with the off-limits scotch tape.
1348. Finding a new show to enjoy with Patrick.
1349. Patrick doing the dishes.
1350. Awesome online community of encouragement.
Friday, March 7, 2014
1341. Taking the kids outside for a walk.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
1331. Early-morning cuddles with Sam.
1332. Lying on a cushion-mountain with the kids, reading Dr. Seuss, being cuddled like crazy.
1333. Milder temperatures and a walk with my kids.
1334. A fun phone conversation.
1335. A chance to declutter again.
1336. Sam counting to fourteen.
1337. Sam asking "forgive me?" when I caught him sneaking candy from the potty-rewards jar.
1338. Vava stacking and unstacking blocks on repeat.
1339. Vava feeding herself very runny soup like a boss.
1340. My gymbook making me cry, right there in front of everyone ... it's so good.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1321. Patrick doing the dishes before work.
1322. Sam devouring pancakes like a dinosaur.
1323. Vava looking like a clown after scarfing raspberries.
1324. Talking with my sis. ♥
1325. Starting a decluttering challenge!
1326. Patrick coming home and celebrating the fresh bookshelf ... seriously love that he noticed!
1327. Making supper in peace while my good man took the kids out for a drive.
1328. Sam loving the spicy chicken.
1329. Sweet cuddles with my loves.
1330. Talking with my beautiful sister-in-law.
The Bible plan I'm following this year has me reading in Exodus right now.
It's been a long, polar-vortex-y winter, with cabin fever, and I've got two toddlers stuck inside, growing and pushing their limits like summertime weeds. So maybe my mind isn't able to think outside this box, but I couldn't help seeing a big resemblance between Pharaoh and my kids.
I'm so ready to be done with the intense repetition of timeout. I know getting outside and burning some energy playing on the green grass will help us all to have more consideration and patience, but these days it's just one timeout after another. Sam's in it more than Vava, because that's just his stage. He'll do something he knows he's not allowed to do, I'll pop him in timeout, then we'll talk about a better action-choice, he'll apologize, and go back to playing. And often, less than ten minutes will pass before he's doing the same naughty thing he was doing before. It's like being released from timeout is a chance to be a repeat offender, not a chance to play and enjoy his freedom. Eventually, he'll end up in the Big Timeout ... in his room, without toys. And that's usually the one that helps him get through the rest of the day (okay, probably less) without pushing - or grabbing - or whatever it is.
The descendants of Israel were enslaved in Egypt, and God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh to let His people go. Moses is sure Pharaoh's going to need a little more convincing, and God assures him he's got it in hand. 'I'm going to harden Pharaoh's heart ... and after ten plagues, he will beg you to leave. The Egyptians will give you anything you ask, just to see you go. The Israelites will plunder the land of jewels simply by asking for them.' It wasn't just going to be a scurrying sort of escape - it was going to be a complete God-led victory.
So every time Pharaoh refuses to let the enslaved Israelites go, God sends a plague. Every time, Pharaoh begs Moses to pray that God will take it away, and God does.
And then Pharaoh hardens his own heart. The wrath of God brings him to a grudging lip-service sort of obedience, but at the mercy of God, he shakes his fist and recants his compliance.
And then I realize I'm not just reading about Pharaoh or toddlers but I'm reading about every single one of us.
The wrath of God makes us tremble, but the mercy of God?
We can ignore it. Harden our hearts and climb back on the throne and choose oppression and selfishness. Or we can bow. For real. Soften our hearts to soak up his mercy and receive his blessings. Let Him sit on the throne. Let Him guide us in righteousness and justice. Love and be loved.
I wonder what God would have done in Egypt with Pharaoh's softened heart.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
1311. The unprecedented dearness of waking up before Sam, and watching his sleeping beautiful self.
1312. Telling Vava to wake up Sam, and her kissing him awake.
1313. Sam yelling "surprise!" when he saw the balloons and streamers.
1314. Sam's delight over his super-simple birthday present.
1315. Making rainbow cookies and cupcakes on this special day.
1316. Texting with my lifelong bff ♥.
1317. Delicious frosting mmm.
1318. Glow-stick bathtime.
1319. Patrick snuggling the kids.
1320. Running into our sweet neighbours who had a present for Sam.
Monday, March 3, 2014
1301. Talking with my dad.
1302. S & V & J dancing without music.
1303. S & J bringing each other sippy cups.
1304. Vava refusing rice, veggies, and roast beef, but gobbling up mustard instead.
1305. Sam being so excited about his birthday tomorrow.
1306. Making cookies with J.
1307. Hanging streamers and balloons tonight ... I keep picturing his blissed-out face.
1308. Sam cuddling up beside lil L and calling her his best friend.
1309. Stealing candies from the loot-bag stash ;).
1310. Mama C celebrating another birthday.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
1291. Patrick manning the morning prep.
1292. Wearing my Jedidah-scarf; feeling cozy and beautiful.
1293. Seeing lovelies at church this morning.
1294. Lazy lunch and cuddles.
1295. Long long nap in the sunshine.
1296. Playing kiss-tag with Sam and Patrick.
1298. Fresh toybox.
1299. Laughing about our kids.
1300. Clean clothes.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1281. The way Patrick brings gladness and order into our day.♥
1282. Vava sleeping soundly in the car.
1283. Sam waving to people stopped beside us at all the red lights.
1284. The kids lighting up when we told them we were meeting Chrissy at the mall.
1285. Sam falling in love with his early birthday present from Chrissy.
1286. Bacon stackers for supper.
1287. Vava's love of hot sauce.
1288. Sam pretending a ball was a baby, cuddling it and giving it a soother.
1289. Patrick wrapping me in two cozy blankets while we watched a movie.
1290. And putting fresh, cozy sheets on our bed. ♥
Friday, February 28, 2014
1271. Birds playing tag in the frozen sky.
1272. Sam "doin' e-kizes" in the spare room closet.
1273. Sam and Vava playing dead and reviving with kisses.
1274. Both kids using the potty.
1275. Good news for our friends.
1276. Girls' night; snacks and relaxation and talking about our kids.
1277. Fantastic fresh-veggie pizza.
1278. Patrick wrangling Sam through the seven stages of sleep-refusal.
1279. The kids being so funny and amiable at supper.
1280. Our sweet neighbours bringing us strawberries ... taste of spring in a never-ending polar vortex.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1261. A fun night with yummy treats.
1262. And lots of laughs.
1263. A husband who encourages me to go out and have fun.
1264. And does a great job of bossing the homefront.
1265. Hilarious Sam, who is growing more clever by the day.
1266. Chats with people I love.
1267. Light in the sky at 7pm!
1268. Not having to drive Patrick to work in -45.
1269. Vava wearing her tutu over her jeans to playgroup.
1270. Coming home to my very own lovely family. ♥♥♥
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
1251. Hazelnut half-caf and grown-up conversation.
1252. Vava falling asleep in the car, and Sam gently touching her face.
1253. Quick date with my love.
1254. A fantastic babysitter.
1255. A good long nap.
1256. Hilarious Vava making us laugh.
1257. A sparkling tub.
1258. My gymbook making time race by.
1259. Vava gobbling her supper.
1260. Heart-stirring blogs. ♥