Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
But this year, my heart changed a little. Did you see that Hallmark commercial? It said, "Valentine's Day isn't for saying, I love you, it's for saying I love us". I really liked this campaign. And the wheels started turning.
We've been teaching Isaac about God's great love for us and we memorized 1 John 4:19 with him. We wanted that to be the focus for V-day.
But then I thought, let's also celebrate the love of our family. So, the adventure began. Here's how our family celebrated V-day.
First the decorations, all of which were made yesterday morning. My heart banner (Note: all the paper was from the $1 section at Target)
and a sun-catcher and chandelier decorations. Theses were definitely child oriented and not meant to be super fancy. Isaac helped me glue all the hearts.
Little napkin rings made with paper and tape. Super easy.
The table decorations. I took the 12x12 paper, cut out a big heart to make some simple place mats.
Next, some pink heart shaped ice cubes.
Now on to the food. This was very tedious but so worth it. Roasted heart shaped potatoes! I even cut the chicken breast like a heart. Can you see it? yum!Lastly, heart shaped brownies.
Isaac helped me out with these with a heart shaped cookie cutter. He also helped with the icing. And if you can see, I turned my head for a second and he took a little bite. Just making sure they were good enough for daddy I guess.
Throughout the day, and throughout dinner, we talked about how the heart is a symbol we use for love. We talked about ways we could love each other and how much mami and daddy love Isaac and Simon. When we asked how Isaac could show love he said "SySy ball" as in bring Simon the ball. so sweet.
Then Luke started talking about how the greatest love is love from God. Luke said that God showed us how much he loved us by sending Jesus to die on a cross to forgive our sins. Then it happened. Isaac started to sing on his own, "Jesus died my soul to save" from the hymn, Jesus Paid it All.
We've been singing this hymn to him and he has it all memorized for the most part. I almost cried when he sang it at this specific time. That he connected those dots. That he pulled that hymn out from his memory and connected it to what Luke was saying. Praise God! We know that God's word does not come back void and we pray that he will connect the dots to his heart one day.
So yeah, it was a great V-day and I hope this is a tradition that can stay with our family.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
To whom you may ask? Not to this super adorable, cheeky, I could just eat him, little brother of his. oh no.....to this other beloved family memberYup...MissyGirl. What's she gonna do with his bike anyway? C'mon Isaac!
Anywho, I was stunned and saddened. I know this is a normal phrase for toddlers but Isaac has seriously not said this. Well, I guess once he did but he was just repeating another little person who had just said it.
So obviously, I immediately intervened, even if it was just to Missy. I wanted to teach him that this is a very unkind thing to say. Thank God for being with me in this teachable moment who brought Psalm 24:1 to mind. (Of course I didn't know it was Psalm 24:1 at the time). It reads,
I went word by word with Isaac asking him to repeat me and told him that the bike belongs to God and it's our joy to let others play with the things that God has given us. We'll see.......
But this is certainly going to be our memory verse for a while. And we're just going to trust God with changing his heart.