EDIT #4: Date night has been officially postponed. 🙁
EDIT #3: Tug just called. If Tanner throws up again, they’re going to keep him in the hospital another night. Please pray for the little guy! Thank you.
EDIT #2: Gabe’s got a little braggadocio going on over at his blog. He posted his latest scores for both States Games. You might want to see if you can beat him.
EDIT: Please pray for my nephew Tanner (20 months old). He spent the night in the hospital, dehydrated. (throwing up for a couple days) He’s going to be fine, but how scary for Mommy and Daddy. Pray he gets back to his crazy, cute self soon! Thank you!
And thank all of YOU for praying for me this week. I can’t tell you what a difference it has made.
And Maren has a link to another fun States Game on her blog. 🙂 We’re all going to be so smart. (if anyone finds a World one, let me know!)
So, I usually read to Livi and Ava for awhile (on my bed) before they go to bed. Sometimes a devotional, sometimes a chapter book. We’ve been reading a Mandie book lately (did anyone read those when they were younger?) and the girls just aren’t getting into it. I used to love them, but yeah, I’m kind of bored too.
Last night I felt God prompting me to start reading through the New Testament with them. I have an International Children’s Version NT that my mom and dad gave me for my 8th birthday. Very easy to understand, yet not a paraphrase (taken from the original Greek). I decided to give it a whirl.
The first thing Ava (oh, Ava) said when I told them what I was reading. (with a huge groan) “I don’t want to read the Bible!” And it got worse from there. After explaining that the Bible is how we hear what God has to say to us, since we don’t have Jesus here on earth anymore to tell us, “I don’t believe Jesus lived on the earth. I don’t believe God could do that–come down from heaven.”
At one point, I was in tears, but it all turned out okay. (and I take comfort from other moms who’ve told me that their “Avas” turned out to be the most on-fire for Christ of all their kiddos)
We read through the genealogy of Jesus. I assumed Ava would die of boredom, but she followed along as I pointed to each name. “I love this part!” Livi said. “I read it twice in my Bible!” (she’s my little nerd)
Okay, so we get to the part about Mary being pregnant and why this is disgraceful. One thing led to another. Ava had many, many questions. And I felt compelled to answer honestly. And it was good, very good. A very special time with my girlies. And they now know waaaaaay more than I knew when I was 5 or 7. They know about sex. And not a vague description either.
I explained that talking about sex is something very special that girls do with their mommies. And they promised not to tell their friends about it, because they would be stealing something precious that their mommies want to be the first to share with them. “Don’t worry,” Ava told me. “I’ll probably just forget about it anyway.”
We prayed for godly husbands for them, young men who love Jesus with all their hearts, who don’t believe in getting divorced (had a big talk about this too. Matthew 1 is a doozy.), men who know that sex is a gift from God and they will wait for it until after they’re married.
As they climbed into bed, Ava said, “I do believe about God. It’s just that when there’s things that I can’t do, I can’t believe how God could do them.”
We talked about how we can never fully understand all the things God can do–we have to have faith. And we can see evidence of His miracles (baby turning into a 5-year-old, etc) even if we don’t understand it.
I relayed our conversation to Gabe, and he wants to join us tonight.
I got Treasuring God in Our Traditions (Noel Piper) from the library. Someone on xanga was reading it, I think. I want to be more purposeful in growing my girls up in Christ. I’ve been kind of off and on, and I’m ready to stay on.
Speaking of libraries, our library didn’t have the book, so I requested it and they bought it. I also requested that they buy Changing Your World One Diaper at a Time. They did. I know I asked some of you to request my last book at your library. If that’s something your library does, that’d be cool if you all could request it. Thanks!
Mom and Dad are still planning on coming this afternoon to watch the girls in spite of the forecast calling for 4-18 inches of snow. Dad has a CR-V and likes adventure. They’re coming a bit earlier, leaving a bit earlier. I told Gabe yesterday, “I don’t think there’s anything worse than thinking you’re going to get a date with your husband, then not getting to go.” He said there are worse things (but not many).
Mmmm…I smell someone’s diaper. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!