Thursday, September 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Could any more perfect picture of personalities be captured?  

I think not...

Katie (age 3) & Austin (age 1) | Fall 2009

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Interpreter Needed | Life with a 2-Year-Old

So, over the past couple of months, I've noticed Addison's 2-year-old vocabulary has sky-rocketed!  And I've noticed, at least to a small degree, that I'm not always the best at understanding.  But until this last week, I never considered that what I really needed was an interpreter...now, I'm certain of it...


We've had our share of "misunderstandings"... PrissyPop is really Princess Cup...Moomoooo isn't a cow but a Movie...JuuuBockes is OBVIOUSLY Juice Boxes...

But each time we have ran across a word that I am just not understanding, either Katie or Austin will come to her rescue and figure it out, or I'll eventually get a "light-bulb" moment and figure it out, never to forget it again.

But this week...this week...was different.  On at least 3 separate occasions, Addison told me she has seen a mouse {or, at least that's what I thought she'd seen}...and each time, the subject moved on to something else quickly, and no questions arose.  But not this time.

So here we were, waiting patiently to turn left out of the school after morning drop off...and when I say waiting, it was one of those days where you felt like you had waited forever because of all of the traffic in either direction.  But, I digress... from the backseat, this is what I hear:


Mom.  Oooooo.  Mowwshhh.


Mmm.Hmmmm.  That's great, Sweetie! {Don't tell me you don't do this sometimes!}


Mom!  Mowwwssshhhhhhhh!!


Okay, baby.  I hear you.  Mouth?  Your mouth hurts??  {In my defense, she does have 2 molars breaking through...and I had definitely seen no mouse!}


No, Mom!  A Mowwwwwshhhh!!  


{She's very frustrated with me at this point, and I'm no closer to figuring out what she's saying than when she started...}  House??  You see that house?!  {Yeah, totally crasping at straws now....}


WOOKKKK!  MOMMMM...see...a MOWWWSSSHHHH!


And there it was...sitting as still as a statue...


a SQUIRREL!!


And, if that wasn't enough...we took a short trip to the local wildlife refuge last weekend.  The first thing she sees in the museum is a fox squirrel, where she immediately yells...


Mom!  WOOKKK!  A FOX!!!




Yeah...pretty certain now I need an interpreter...and maybe a few books to teach her a few animals... {grins}  2-year-olds are trying at times, but I wouldn't take this fun stage for anything!!  I'm afraid that much too soon, we'll no longer be looking for those PrissyPops, mowwwsshhh, mooomooooo's, and juuubockes, and what fun would that be?!





Friday, August 12, 2016

Spiritual Warfare Answers Book | Book Review

I really enjoyed reading this Spiritual Warfare Answers book from Dr. David Jeremiah.  It's a compact book with short, easy to read question/answer sections specific to spiritual warfare.  I think it's a great book for any Christian to read...we are in a spiritual war right now, for sure!  Even my near 10 year old picked it up one day, and explained how much she enjoyed having a "question" and then being able to read a Bible based answer with verses to look up for the question.  

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book is divided nicely in to four main sections:  Terms of Engagement, Behind Enemy Lines, God's Armory, and The Warfare of Prayer.  

A few "questions" within the book that caught my eye to read first were questions like:

"How can I be a courageous warrior for God when I feel powerless?"

"How could a perfect, holy being fall?" (speaking of Satan)

"How can I discern Satan's lies from God's truth?"

"What does it mean to be 'watchful' in prayer?"

"How can I persevere in the battle when I'm afraid?"

There are almost 200 pages of beautifully formatted, easy to read challenges for Christians in today's world.  These have been quick to read alongside a Bible study, or just for a quick "5 minute" read during a break, but have great words of wisdom straight from God's word that can be applied to all Christians.  

I would recommend this book, especially for someone who doesn't know much about spiritual warfare, is a young Christian, or just needs a better "foundation" to be able to move on and study the meatier parts to these topics.  It's simple, but challenging/encouraging...deep, but easy enough to read and understand for young adults and older.  

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