As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Each child in Samuel's class has a short presidential speech they are reciting today at school. They were supposed to dress the part, too. Ladies & Gentlemen, may I present George W. Bush?
We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic.
We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.
My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of our union, and it is strong.
Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
And, just some fun pics.....someone has been a little difficult to get pictures of recently!
Ahhh, there's that smile!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Here is a sampling of some of the things were are hearing right now: (probably much funnier and cuter in person, but I want to record them for my memory sake!) And the voice is so so so sweet!
Eboby (emphasis on the E--everybody) As in "Daddy drink milk, Mommy drink milk, Thomas drink milk, Samuel drink milk, Molly drink milk, Cynthia drink milk...Eboby drink milk!!"
"Abuela!" when she sees Dora. At some point, she watched Dora--and picked up that Dora calls her Grandmother 'Abuela', so thinks that is her name. Funny to hear Spanish from her!
I got it! or I do it! Lots of kids say this, but it also gets extra use when someone else does something--Molly I do it color picture.
We go to the Y several times a week, where she is learning lots of songs and loves to repeat those. Her faves are a "good morning song" that they sing, and "God is Love" which I love to hear her sing, "Praise him, praise him all ye little children God is love, God is love." If she wants to tell me something that happened at the Y, her sentence starts with, "Mama, I play Y, ...."
She often asks for help to sing a certain song, saying, "Mama, help you Twinkle Twinkle... or help you ABCs"
Careful Monkeys. This one took me a little while to figure out one night. We were getting ready for bed and she kept telling me 'careful monkeys, careful monkeys'. I finally figured out she wanted to wear the pajamas that have monkeys on them....and have feet. She had worn them before and slipped so needed to walk slowly....of course, careful monkeys. :)
We have this conversation several times a day. She suddenly reminds herself out loud, "no tee-tee panties." Me: "Right, no tee-tee panties, do you need to go potty?" C: "no" Me: "you're sure? Ok, no tee-tee panties." About 5 minutes later , invariably, "potty, potty potty!!!" And we are off to the potty! :)
When all the other kids are home and being talkative about their days, I think sometimes she feels left out, because, she will suddenly say, "Mama!!!" to get my attention. Me: "Yes, Cynthia?" C: "Um... Um.... I play Angie." Angie is one of the sweet girls that works in our church nursery that C really likes. Every time in this situation, she says the EXACT same thing. I think it really means, "Hey, I'm still over here even though all these big loud kids are here now! Just checking you didn't forget, mama."
And to continue in the bilingual (or would it be trilingual??) mode--we were in the car at a red light one day and she said, "go, mama" So, I showed her the light and explained we were waiting on the green light. She understood and said ,"green go!" A couple of days later, we were on the way to church at a light that turned green and we suddenly heard what sounded like "Gringo!"
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Today is Chinese New Year. Here is a bit I found about this year--the year of the Rabbit.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animals signs. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. Rabbits are private individuals and a bit introverted. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space.
According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. Don't try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.
Not many people know that the Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life. It is said that anyone making supplications for wishes to be fulfilled are certain to get what they want... and in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied. The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic. Thus on each of the Full Moon nights of this year, go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize plenty of Moon dust and Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage. This will not only strengthen your inner "Chi" energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.
As we traveled in China, we could see the centuries of tradition and beliefs all around us. It is truly an amazing country and I will strive to keep it alive for Cynthia, and our whole family, as a part of our lives. I am, however, glad we know the creator of the moon and the sun, who loves us, knows us intimately, and hears our prayers. I do like the part above about 'catching your breath', but I'll take my sweet Savior over Moon dust and Moon glow for sure!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The kids had a day off of school, so we decided to load up everyone and go to the local park that has both a dog park, which was enjoyed by this one.....she sniffed every inch of that place, and a playground.
A little monkeying around.......
They also have this cool musical instrument section. Samuel liked this one.
Then, we decided we were getting a little cold, so time to load up!
And, of course, sports.....growing up with 2 sisters, we didn't really do team sports. Gymnastics was big, but as a mom of boys, I am learning how important these are to them. There is something about the challenge, competition and exertion that they thrive on. And, I love it that they have lots of wonderful coaches who can be involved in their lives--I know this will continue to be a constant in their lives and I love to watch them (but sometimes miss a great shot when someone else says, 'Mama...')
After Samuel's game, we ran over to the Y to catch the end of Thomas's game. (He still has some left, so no pics yet.) After his game, I was at the desk signing up for the NEXT season...soccer. I asked the kids to please sit at the table, not get up, not be loud...you get the picture. As I was filling out forms, I started to hear giggling behind me. I turned around to find this: