football jerseys from heaven

So, I’m at Target tonight, flipping through clothes on the clearance rack, looking for a couple skirts for Livi when I see a cute pink football jersey in her size. And one in Ava’s. I do a double take. I normally wouldn’t do the pink jersey thing, but this one catches my eye. It is quite out of the ordinary. The tag says 19.99, but there’s an orange tag too that says “As Is $4.96.” I can find nothing wrong with it. I grab the two jerseys and take them to a nearby sales associate.

“Is there something wrong with these jerseys?” I ask.

“Yeah,” she says. “They were shipped to the wrong region of the country. They say ‘Virginia Tech.'”

“Yeah,” I say (I can read), “so does my t-shirt.”

She looks down and laughs. I grin at the thought of God sending me VT jerseys for my girls at 75% off here in Buckeye Country.

In other news, Ava found out today that her fish died (2 weeks ago, lol). I’m feeding Nina cereal this morning when Livi says, “Oh! We need to go down to the basement and feed Bubbles. We haven’t fed him in a long time. (No kidding.) I take a deep breath and explain that Bubbles died. He was sick and I flushed him down the toilet. Livi looks pensive. Ava cries. “Oh,” Livi says, “so that’s why when you weren’t here last night and I told Daddy we needed to feed Bubbles, he said to wait until you got home.” (Way to go, Daddy.)

Ava’s tears didn’t last long, thankfully. Livi suggested that I print out Nemo coloring pictures off the internet for them to color in Bubbles’ honor. “To me-rind us of him,” Ava added. (remind = me-rind, remote = marote, remember = me-nember) “At least he’s up in heaven with Grandma Marilyn,” she said. “She’s probably holdin’ him.” 🙂

I just love listening to my girls pray. I have to chuckle when they repeat things that Gabe and I say in our prayers. When Ava prays, I typically spend the entire prayer choking back laughter. Imagine the most serious tone a 4-year-old can muster and a long, drawn-out prayer with countless repetitive phrases. Today at lunch, it was short and sweet. “God, thanks that we have a lovely, lovely afternoon. And thanks that Livi gets to go to school. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Gabe took Livi to her soccer game tonight while I took Ava to her first night of Cubbies at our new church. She was in heaven. We have “School Talk” with Livi after school each day on the floor, and Ava says, “I know! We can have Cubbies Talk!” So we did. Our church has so many kids wanting to be in Cubbies and Sparks that they’ll have to turn some of them away if they don’t get more volunteers. Shoot. And it was so much fun to go shopping with Nina while someone else took care of my child. Needless to say, I signed up to volunteer. I couldn’t live with myself knowing a child might miss hearing the gospel because I want to go to the mall.

I got an e-mail tonight with an interesting subject line–“No, But We Do Think About It A Lot.” It was from my editor for my new book. We’ll meet over the phone tomorrow afternoon. He had lots of good things to say about the book, so that’s encouraging. I freak out about it every now and again.

This is waaaaay too long. Good night!

14 thoughts on “football jerseys from heaven

  1. kkakwright

    There is nothing sweeter than hearing your children pray.  Partly cause prayers don’t typically involve whining or crying. 🙂

    “Me-rind”….I love it! 🙂

    I checked out that website you gave me….thanks.  It will be interesting to keep up with it as his work progresses.

    Last but not least, yes, I’m still at 9711 Old Six Mile Lane.

  2. rachmckinney

    i love your blogs, long or short. it’s so good to hear what you have to say, profound or funny. anyway, love the jersey story! yay! kids are so cute….they say some really special things. i blogged today about some things my kids say. i need to do that more often. anyway. funny about the fish and how gabe had handled it!!:)

  3. faithchick

    I ♥ your blogs. somehow I missed this one. I guess i didn’t see you pop to the top of my list! They are a great read, and I LOVE seeing the long comments they get from people! Your girls are precious!

    I had some other things to say…but i forget…question i remember though…is it weird to talk to your male editor about your sex book?

  4. biblestorebrowser

    When I was in my early teens I had a rabbit who lived back at the barn, a good 75 yards from the house. I got busy with marching band or something and forgot to go back there for two weeks. To this day I have no idea whether he died or my parents gave him away; Mom wouldn’t say!
    What? No six month waiting period?! bleh! You do have a gift with kids. I, on the other hand, do not, so I am content to go to Bible study instead!
    Can’t wait to hear more about the phone meeting. I must have missed the subject of the book, but I’m guessing it has to do with motherhood. Angie’s title suggestion is great! Reminds me of that one Christian humorist whose name escapes me right now.

  5. KmHunsberger

    Your life is a never-ending source of intersting happens. Must be having three girls…

    I can just see the fish dying episode. I love the coloring in his memory. How cute. I love school and cubbie talks too. I don’t even know you, but you sure have given me some great idea for my own kids 🙂

  6. mtaviano

    Yes! I have your title written on my list! And believe me, I know exactly what you mean! The girls have been louder than usual lately. ??? Stock in Target–ha! I should! Hopefully I’ll get tired of it soon! Before my checking account dries up!

  7. angntug

    Lol! Yeah, a little crazy….hopefully tomorrow I can relax with the girls and maybe have Jojo and Elyse come over….the girls and I enjoy having company! Did you read my blog from a few days ago? Your new book title? “If God speaks in a still small voice, why did He make my kids so loud?” That’s how I feel sometimes…..many times…..everything seem to be going at one time and never stops until everyone’s head is on their pillows and our eyes are closed…..that’s a good idea………

  8. jbnygaard

    A child’s insight is so amazing. Eden had A LOT of questions and insight in going with us to his first funeral today. (He’s 3 1/2 yrs.) “Is Jesus going to dig her out of the ground?”, “When will she wake up?” and many more questions. Thanks for praying for me, I really needed it! I was asked last minute to speak at the funeral, and I am not a good writer, however I am a great rambler! So I was really nervous, but when I went to go speak, I TOTALLY felt the presence of God and your prayers among with others! Thanks so much again!

  9. mrsnorthern8605

    Your girls make me smile. I really want to come visit soon! Well so does my husband! But I really miss your girls! Even if I only met them once. I think it is funny about the T-Shirts!

    Have a good one.

  10. Nixter77

    although sad – I did LOL when I read the ‘bubbles’ story and how he hadn’t been fed in a while (no kidding) bit… and…. how Gabe said wait til you get home LOL…

    At least there is Nemo and…… Dory!!!  Cubbies and Sparks sound fun, I would volunteer but it might take me a while to get there each week, will pray for more volunteers.  Good on you for signing up even if it does mean bye bye to shopping….

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