Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wake Up, Boy

The scene in Andrew's bedroom every school morning...

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Passover According to Adam

We've been recording the History Channel's miniseries "The Bible" for the past several weeks but haven't been able to watch any of it yet.  Tonight was the first Friday evening in some time that we've all been home, so we ordered pizza and gathered together to watch the first installment.  It seems really well done so far!  (Although I was surprised by God's rather high-pitched voice...I always imagined Him as a bass.  Casting.) 

I was especially delighted that the kids really knew what was going on and who was who.  There was plenty of action for the boys, and they were glued to the 2-hour episode the whole time.  And good old Adam Nichols, it turns out, is something of a secret Bible scholar.  Who knew this kid knew so much?  Or so I thought until the portrayal of the Passover in Egypt, when Adam wanted to know  "When are the people gonna paint the llama blood on their doors so their kids don't die?"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Conversations With a Four-Year-Old

Libby:  When are we going to give Cooper back?

Me:  Well, never...he's our dog.  We're not going to give him back to anyone.

Libby:  You mean we get to keep him till he's dead?


Libby and I are hanging out on the couch together.  She is "knitting," which means she has two knitting needles and is making a giant knotted mess out of a skein of yarn.

Me:  Libby, I have to go get the boys from school now.  Daddy's here if you need anything.

Libby:  May I please continue knitting?


We have just finished our dinnertime Bible reading about Abram and Sarai going down into Egypt to escape the famine in Canaan.

Me:  Does anyone know what a famine is?

Andrew:  Yes, it's when there's no food.

Me:  So Abram and Sarai were going down to Egypt to find food.

Libby:  What?  Why would they go there?  There's no food in Egypt!  There's just sand.  And the "Stynx's" missing nose.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Needed: Theologian for Hire

Job Description:  Person with MDiv degree or higher needed to ride shotgun in my minivan for trips to and from preschool.  This person must be, above all, extremely patient.  Must be able to answer *multiple* earnest theological questions of a four-year-old girl (sample questions to follow) as well as the more secular questions that arise from numerous rabbit trails.  Must be OK with delight in listening to off-key singing to the same kids' worship CD over and over...and over and over...

Sample Questions:

Mom, what does "holy" mean?

Mom, if Jesus took our sin away on the cross but he is holy and doesn't have any sin in him, where did the sin go?

Mom, is Jesus bigger than the trees?  Bigger than a building?  Bigger than the whole world?

Mom, does God fill up the whole world?  Even to the edges?

Mom, will the mommies and daddies be in heaven with their kids?

Mom, is God or Jesus the one with the brown beard?

Compensation:  Pay is in Capri Sun and McDonald's French fries (Chick Fil A waffle fries negotiable).