Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fun Fall Photos!

Here are my little pumpkin eaters this fall. I can't believe how quickly they are growing. We had their pictures taken today at my mom's house. You can figure out who the "ham" was!
(All photos taken by Donna LaRosa.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Days Go By

Oh, how they grow. This was just before Christmas for Keagan and Christmas morning for Kate. I can't believe my babies are growing so much. Keagan makes sentences and Kate is saying "Baba", "Mama", and "Dada." And she's pulling herself up to stand. We call her Sasquatch because she is so solid, not to mention LOUD!
Needless to say, they are a joy.

"But Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven'" (Matthew 19:14).

English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Monkey See, Monkey Do

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children."
Ephesians 5:1

"Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord."
Ephesians 8-10

As I read these verses, I thought of Keagan--how he has started imitating and mimicking Matt and me. He wants to do what we do. He wants to say what we say. He wants to be like us.

This is not always a good thing, though.

Some days, I fall painfully short of a model worth mimicking. Some mornings I am grouchy. Two babies never fail to poop at the same time, the wipes dispenser is mysteriously bare, and I can't find Kate's pacifier anywhere, even though she owns a running total of around 6. My tone is often demanding and curt, and my patience is almost nonexistent.

The terrifying truth here is: Keagan does not choose only the good and right and true things to emulate in me; he imitates the bad right along with the good.

We learned this the hard way one afternoon while making grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Matt was in charge of the feast while I was busy at the table with Keagan. The cheese was not cooperating for Matt, so, without any thought, he huffed, "Crap." Not two seconds later, the dreaded word came clear as day out of our 2 year old's mouth. "Crappp." Pronounced better than any other word in his limited vocabulary.

Needless to say, this was a stark awakening for our family.

We have to ask ourselves: Who are we imitating?

Who am I imitating? Am I really seeking to have the mind of Christ? Do I truly believe that a soft answer turns away wrath? Am I honestly seeking to live in God's Will and not my own?

Keagan is my son, and he wants to be like me.

We are God's children. Do we want to be like Him?

All scripture taken from:
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.