Saturday, September 12, 2015

What to do when you don't have enough food.

The Bible tells us so many times what a blessing children are. 

Our society tells us the opposite, that they need to fit into our lives and that we can just dispose of them if the timing just isn't convenient.

In our home I have been humbled by how much I continue to learn from these little souls. How little that I actually know. I'm seeing why Jesus tells us to be like these little children.

An example I don't want to forget: Asher and I had an opportunity to serve recently. His attitude and joy in the situation were amazing to watch and was a reminder to me of my daily attitude. 

Afterwards though, in conversation I asked him what it would feel like to not have enough food to eat or enough money to buy it.

This is what he said:

"If there wasn't enough food at the grocery store, it would feel like I was starving. I would just find someone with a lot of food and ask them to share."

Someone with a lot of food. Isn't that all of us? 

His solution was so simple and so obvious that it made me stop and think, "oh!".  To him, it made no sense why someone wouldn't share if they had a lot. It didn't occur to him that someone might say "no", or "get a job". 

This is why I love little kids, because they have such a pure heart and are so honest. They don't tangle anything else into the problem. They have extra food, so they give it to others. 

Thank you, God, for teaching us though these children.

Friday, July 24, 2015

JAB 11 Months

There are several women we know who are pregnant and due in August and September. Watching their bellies grow, we just can't believe that was us a year ago. For some reason, it feels like you were in my belly years ago.

You are a mover Judah, still cruising, still standing, and now you have mastered the steps on your own. You go where you want to, when you want to. The bathroom is the only place I have to corral you, especially when anyone else is using the bath or shower. You LOVE the water.

You are taking 1 or 2 naps a day and have been sleeping through the night again this week. God gives us a break every so often. Daddy gets up with you, but you SCREAM until he brings you in to nurse. A habit we are too tired to break. :)

You are content to play by yourself. You often do want to play with your brothers, but they yell "Baby Monster" and they are starting to get increaingly frustrated when you try to get into their little play scenarios. They have learned to move to higher ground when doing puzzles, or lining up cars, or playing games. Those boys love you to pieces though. They look out for you, want to greet you when they hear you from your room, and they make sure you have enough to at for meals.

Speaking of meals, you seem to love table food. You have cut way back in your nursing. I thought you were going to wean yourself completely there for a couple of days. We are pretty much down to sleepy times, but even then, you will go to sleep for others. Your favorites are still blueberries, but you also love watermelon, sweet potatoes, and most meats suprisingly, especially salmon, the favorite of all 3 of you.

People constantly comment how happy and content you are. You can be a bit fussier at home, but you really are a content little boy. I often "worry" that you don't get as many pictures taken of you being the third, but we are busy enjoying the time with you instead. We love you little man!

10 months JAB

Life is flying with 3 littles.

Faster than I can keep up. I'm learning to stay home when we can, and to say NO to what we can, which helps to slow everything down.

Judah, you are blond! The blue eyes, we weren't so shocked at that, but I keep waiting for that hair to darken. It just keeps getting lighter! I thought I saw it growing in lighter, so I gave you a haircut, and yep. Blond.

You are such a sweet baby. Daddy and I went on a 4 day trip to Seattle, and you turned 9 months old while we were gone, and since that time you don't want to leave my side. You give hugs everytime I get you from your crib and we love your open-mouthed kisses.

You are standing on furniture, standing on your own for several seconds at a time, and crusing everywhere you can. We are in constant awe of how BUSY you are and how much you love putting EVERYTHING YOU CAN FIND into your mouth.

I just saw a blog post yesterday of an artist who photographed 63 items she removed from her child's mouth. These pictures were taken over months, I could do that in a day.

You love baths, blueberries, and climbing up and down the stairs. You love standing at the front door, nursing to sleep, and you apparently love the taste of mulch. You love your brothers, being on our big bed, and standing on your toes to play the piano.

We cannot imagine this world without you, Judah.