It’s amazing how our young children think of ways to circumvent the rules. Yesterday, we discovered a stock pile of books and clothes underneath our son’s pillow. That way, he could sneak them out while he was supposed to be napping.
Last night while the boys were playing “Hide ‘N Seek,” Drew called out, “Will, are you hiding under the table?” Will responds from underneath the table, “No, I am not!”
When hiding himself, Drew kept insisting that whoever was hiding had to close their eyes.
Our son Drew is very precise about details so recently Jonathan asked Drew if Drew was going to be an engineer like daddy. Drew said, “A train engineer.”
This evening as I was holding and comforting a sad Will, Luke walked over and rubbed Will’s back. Luke would walk away and then return every few minutes to rub and pat Will’s back. It was so sweet to see even a 14-month old showing compassion!
Jonathan was holding Luke this evening and then handed him to me. I picked Luke up and was enjoying hugging a sweet baby. As I cuddled Luke, I said how much I love the feel of his sweet baby skin. As I said that, I was rubbing my hands up his back. I quickly stopped when I felt the sensation of something not-so-sweet. Luke’s diaper had been insufficient, to say the least. Luke was quickly bathed, and once again, I could enjoy his sweet baby skin.
The other night, Will told Jonathan that he wanted to sing a song for him. He then started to sing a song that he had made up. The amazing thing was that the song actually had a tune that fit and words that made sense. It was all about animals and was very cute.
Last week, Drew came home from being watched at a ladies’ Bible study with a picture he drew. On it was the name “Reuben.” I asked him why it said “Reuben” on his picture. Drew said, “My name is Reuben.” Today in a silly voice, he reminded me that his name is Reuben. Will then told me that his name is “Goliath.” I told him that wasn’t a good name since Goliath wasn’t a good character. Will then asked me about Reuben so we discussed his character. Will then decided he wanted to be Jacob instead.
Recently, we were driving home from church, and Drew said, “I am making a rainbow.” My immediate response was, “How?” Jonathan said, “You can tell the difference from a ‘new’ parent from an ‘old’ parent by this. A new parent may have said, “Neat!” My response was “How?” (You never know what they might be up to…)
Last evening, I had the important responsibility of teaching Will an important lesson regarding stealing. Two weeks ago, we discovered following a grocery shopping trip that Will had stolen two items from two different stores. So, I took him to the two stores to return the items and to apologize to the managers or cashiers. He said he was sorry at both places and explained he’d stolen the items. He was truly sorry over it and almost ready to cry. We are hoping this left a life-time impression on him.
Yesterday, I was trying to mop. Will and Drew wanted to help so I gave them rags and told them to mop the stairs. They went to ring out their rags, and I went to check on them. I found the boys wiping down the hutch with a very wet rag. I quickly gave them a dry rag and told them to dry it off, explaining that they would ruin the finish. I checked on them again to find the dry rag now sopping wet and once again a very wet hutch. At this point, I headed them into the family room and finished the project without my “help.”