I Need To Leave Grown-Up World


Katie and Me

We sat around after dinner the other night to do our family devotion. The scripture was from Philippians 2:5-11, and is about how God left his world and came into ours – in human form.

As we read through the story that accompanies the scripture verse, this following section really challenged me.

No matter how grown up you get, you need adults to show interest in your activities and concerns. Your need for attention is met when a caring adult leaves the grown-up world for a period of time and gets into your world.

God intends for us to get that kind of attention showered on us through our families. When we receive that attention, we know that we matter to others – and to God. We feel significant. We feel like we are worth spending time on.

I love my kids so much and we do a lot together, but I don’t take enough time to completely leave everything in my world and come spend quality time in their world.

Liz has been setting a good example with this for a while. She will take the kids individually on ‘dates’. This is time that Liz can fully immerse herself in their world and they have her undivided attention without distractions from their siblings.

This weekend I am starting this practice and attempting to weave it in regularly to my schedule. Katie and I will be going for some breakfast and shopping for a dress.

I’m really looking forward to it!


So, Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

Katie sits at the breakfast bar eating her cereal this morning.  She is not long up.  I look over and she has a sad face – lip curled and everything.

“What’s wrong?”, I ask her.

“I have to get shots”, she replied.

This was news to me.  I hadn’t heard she needed any shots.

“When?”, I inquired.

“When I go to middle school”.

Katie is currently in second grade.  Second grade!

The last thing she should be worrying about is getting shots for middle school.  At the same time it’s amazing that that’s the next big thing she is actually worried about.

I seized the moment as a teaching moment and pulled up a passage from Matthew 6 on my phone so she could read it with me.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:34 NLT


Blue Bunny Egg Cups


Katie had to have her boiled egg in a bunny egg cup tonight. A blue bunny egg cup at that.

All our kids love a soft boiled egg that they can dunk their toast into. I’ve often thought someone should bottle and sell runny egg yolk. We’d buy it.


Parents, 6yr Olds and R-Rated Movies


If your 6 year old likes to go watch R-Rated movies on their own (or with a posse of 6 year old friends), a new rule is in force that may impact the little rascal.

After 6PM, they must be accompanied by an adult if they wish to watch R-Rated movies. Also, it seems like their younger siblings will miss out altogether.

If that’s an inconvenience (I know many parents don’t have time in the evenings to accompany their children to the cinema) you could always stay home and give your precious little ones access to unrestricted cable TV instead.


I’m a zombie!

Trips to Urgent Care are always unexpected, especially when cuts and blood are involved.

Katie was so brave tonight. Four stitches were needed in her chin after falling off a see-saw today at school.

She missed her school concert unfortunately, but nothing some frozen yoghurt will not fix.

Her first comment after seeing the photo was that she looked like a zombie!


Daddy, can I wear shorts?

Knowing a little how kid #1 thinks I went to check on what he would be wearing this morning to school.

Me: don’t be putting on shorts this morning, it’s 37 degrees.
Kid #1: 37 degrees! (shocked at how warm it is)
Me: do you think that’s warm or something?
Kid #1: it’s nearly 40 degrees!!!

Me: (not said out loud) ok, go ahead and freeze off your little….

(From the other room)
Kid #2: daddy, can i wear shorts?
Me: noooo!