"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Jack, the "interesting" one

Let me preface this by saying none of the pictures below were made this weekend.  I don't know how Melanie ever remembers to take pictures AND take care of 3 young'uns!

After Noah was at our house for 2 nights, Monday afternoon I went over to Shirley's to pick up the other two grandchildren, since Shirley had to go to work Tuesday morning.

Everyone was already tired from having been at grandparents' houses over the weekend, so I didn't expect it to be smooth sailing after all 3 got together.  The boys are extremely competitive and really love to pick on each other.  Maddy, of course, is just the normal first-born, bossy sister, mother-type!


But today I want to focus on Jack.  He is absolutely precious, funny, truly  "interesting", (I'm not just using that word so I don't have to use a negative one...) loving, etc.  But...(you knew there was one coming didn't you?) he can be a "challenge" sometimes.   (In this case, I did use that word instead of a negative one...)  :)

Almost as soon as we got to the house, and while I was trying to fix one of their favorite dinners...chicken fingers and mashed potatoes...Jack sort of had one of his "meltdowns".  He kept ramming a little riding toy into furniture, cabinets, people...I gave him a couple of warnings, actually, and told him if he did it again, he had to sit in the "time-out chair".

He did it again.  Duh!  He's 3 1/2!  I found out just how strong he is!  As he was lying in the floor having a little hissy fit, saying, "No! No! No!", the other 2 were rather enjoying the fact that they weren't the ones getting in trouble.  Maddy was being her little bossy self and trying to get him to get up while Noah was grinning and saying, "He does that all the time."

I pointed away from the kitchen and said, "Go!"  They went...

Well, I just made up my mind I was going to come out the winner in round 1 so, hopefully, there wouldn't be a round 2!  Picking up a strong, solid 3 1/2 year old (who would prefer to eat the dead bug on the floor over by the window rather than sit in that chair) and setting him in the chair...and...keeping him there is no easy feat!  He tried his best to get down but I held him in the chair and during a lull in his saying, "No! No! No!...", I explained that his 3 minutes did not start until he was quiet and staying in the chair. 

Well, miracle of miracles happened and he just "let go".  Sweet as he could be...sat in that chair like a little man without saying a word while I set the timer.  Good boy, Jack!  And congrats to Dani for winning Round 1!

But.....there was a round 2 about 15 minutes later...same issue...ramming the riding toy into everything in site.  The difference in Round 2 was that all I had to say was, "Jack, 3 minutes in the 'time-out chair'".  I led him to it with absolutely no resistance! Jared Noah Jack 2

Awesome!  So, what's the big deal with taking care of 3 kids?  It's a sinch, right? ... Um...no...not really.  We did the time-out chair a couple more times before we took the grandkids home today.  And we had a couple of other little battles about other issues, but...

Besides the fact that we love these kids with all our hearts and enjoy nothing better than having them stay with us and just being around them...following are a couple of reasons that everything I described above is totally worth it!

  • I was lying down with Jack this afternoon for his nap...I don't always do this but I didn't sleep well last night and needed a nap, too!  I was almost asleep when I felt this little hand on my shoulder and it gently made it's way down my arm to my hand...several times...Very sweet plus it felt great.  Then the little hand was on top of my head and gently stroking my face.  After a bit, I opened my eyes and asked, "Jack, why are you being so sweet to Dani?"  He replied, "Because I wuv you..."------scene fades to Dani's heart melting...
  • I don't know this whole story because it happened to Steve and you know...he's a man of few words...But Jack walked up to him and said, "You're a good Poppi!" ...scene fades to Poppi's heart melting...
  • 3) Putting him to bed at night.  He always says, "Dani, sweep wis me"...hard to resist, but I did.  We read, sang and prayed and, with threat of turning off the hall light, he settled in with the big white bear in bed with him...I didn't hear a peep the whole night.  What a good boy!


I don't think he has any idea what's about to happen in his life...he's about to be a big brother.  We're not expecting too terribly much in the way of help from him...we're just really hoping he doesn't try to teach Luke to sword fight anytime soon...

Note to grandmothers and future grandmothers:

You absolutely have no idea how awesome it is to see a child that is in this world partly because of you!  The love I felt the first time i laid eyes on each grandbaby is completely indescribable.  Just wait...if you don't already, you'll understand one day...


Thank you, Lord, for the gift of children and grandchildren!  I pray that I can just be a tiny bit worthy of such wonderful blessings.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Funny Noah

DSC00037We arrived in Bowling Green from Honduras very early on Saturday morning. (As Melanie's high school band teacher, Mr. Morrison, used to say, at "O'Dark-Thirty"! 

Jared brought the kiddos to Shirley's (Memaw) house on Saturday afternoon and, since Noah had reminded Melanie several times that it was "his" turn for the special "1 kid at a time visit" at Dani's and Poppi's, we went over to pick him up later that afternoon.

First, let me say that Shirley is wonder-woman when it comes to keeping all three kids at the same time and giving Melanie, in particular, a break.  Since it was going to be a holiday weekend and she had Monday off, she had wanted to keep them all for the weekend. 

Second, it's not that I don't ever keep all three, but since we're out of the country most of the time, we really, really love having "one-on-one" (or I guess I should say, "two-on-one") time with the kids.  They seem to really enjoy this, too, because with 3 active kids in the family (soon to be 4!), it's sometimes always (I got that from Melanie...the strike-through one word and change to another; also, the "putting half my words in parentheses...) lol  I can't remember what I was going to say now...anyway, you get the picture.

Okay, so anyway...to the subject of this post...

Noah is really funny!

Here are some of the memorable conversations we had this weekend:


Noah (with sad look): "Dani, I'm kinda worried about something."

Dani: "Oh, honey, what are you worried about?"

Noah: "Well, I'm not ready to go home yet."

Dani: "Well, you're in luck...it's Saturday and you don't have to go home until Tuesday"

Sad look disappears; Noah goes off to play


Steve: "Noah, do you have a girlfriend?"

Noah (in a matter-of-fact manner): "Yes."

Dani: "Does she like you, too?"

Noah: "Yes."

Dani: "Noah, why do the little girls always like you?"

Noah (without missing a beat, and quite serious): "Because I'm so cute!"


Noah: walks into the kitchen where I was on the computer and says, "Dani, are you thinking what I'm thinking?"

(Let me interject that he asked Melanie the same question out of the blue Saturday before leaving for Bowling Green...she laughed and said, "I doubt it; what are you thinking" to which he replied, "I think that the baby is going to come while I'm at Dani's house.  (Pause) Do I have to come home if he does?")

...back to our conversation...

Dani (laughing hysterically...remembering the story above): "You little funny boy!  I don't know, what are you thinking???"

Noah: "No, you tell me what you are thinking."

Dani: "I'm thinking what a handsome little boy you are!"

Noah: "Me too!"

God love him....I know I sure do!



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thank you, God, for Friends...

I have many wonderful friends and one day I'll write about them...

But today I just want to tell Melanie's friends how much I love and appreciate them for all they've done for my precious daughter.

I know you probably don't read my blog, but maybe Melanie will link to it so you'll see it and read this post.

In September 2006, when Melanie and Jared's little angel baby, Ruby Anne, died about 3 1/2 months before she was due, their friends were amazing! I don't know how to really explain in words just how amazing they were...but let's just say they there for them in every way. Melanie's girlfriends gave her precious and incredible gifts, they picked up the other children and took them home to play with their children, they brought food, they took Melanie out for lunch or just dropped by to chat for a few minutes, they sent her notes and cards and prayed for her and with her. Steve and I were so amazed by how much these friends looked like Jesus during this time. We will absolutely NEVER forget this! I would mention your names but I'm sure I'd leave someone out and I'd never want to do that.

Last week some of Melanie's sweet friends gave her a baby shower for little Luke Wesley Smalling who will, God willing, be welcomed by all of us into the world very soon. What a precious thing to do for a mama who is almost 9 months pregnant, tired, doesn't sleep much, takes care of 3 other very active children and a husband and is waiting patiently for this new little miracle to arrive...all the while, still remembering the baby she wasn't allowed to keep.

"Thank you" just isn't sufficient to express how much I appreciate you for this, but it will have to do, I guess. It and these words I have written. Steve and I both love you all for loving our daughter and her family with the love of Christ.

God bless each of you and your families!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bible Reading

I just began "reading through the Psalms every month"...again.  There are 150 Psalms and if you read 5 of them each day, you will finish the book in 30 days.

Today I read Chapters 26-30 and here are the verses that "jumped out":  (All are from New International Version)

26:2-3  "Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, an I walk continually in your truth."

27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid?"

27:4  "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple."

27:11  "Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path..."

27:14  "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord"

28:7  "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.  My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song."

30:4-5  "Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name.  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."  

30:11-12  "You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever." 

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark

A friend sent this to me and I just love it!!! Thanks, Elaine...

ONE: Don't miss the boat.

TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.

THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, Someone may ask you to do something really big.

FIVE: Don't listen to critics; Just get on with the job that needs to be done.

SIX: Build your future on high ground.

SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.

TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; The Titanic by professionals.

ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Jack's Visit

In March, little Jack got his turn to come visit at our house in B.G. all by himself.  I love having each of the children individually because it gives us such a special time together.  Especially with Jack, I try to not have anything else on my agenda for the time he's there.  He is so much fun!  He's very funny, cuddly and just an interesting little boy.

So, anyway, I was checking my email or something on the computer and had just given him a package of Scooby Doo snacks which are shaped like doggie bones.  He came over and asked, "Dani, can I have a dog bowl for these?"  Well, I gave him a bowl, thinking he was pretending to feed his "pretend" dog.  No...  This is why he wanted it...


Sunday, May 4, 2008

If a tree falls in the forest...

Well, our house in B.G. isn't technically in the forest, but it IS a log cabin in the woods and a tree DID fall this spring in the front yard.  It's pretty big, huh?

Tree Down

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Jack's Pirate Quilt

I posted not long ago about needing to make a baby quilt for the new baby boy due around the end of this month. I also mentioned that I first needed to make Jack's, who is 3 1/2!!!

I forgot to take pictures but Melanie did for me and here it is...front and back. I used the pirate fabric for the back and cut out figures from that same fabric and hand appliqued them to blocks on the front.

I'm working on the new baby boy's quilt now. I'm using lots of different blue prints to make 12 squares of "Overall Bill". The back will be solid blue.