Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sweet and Small

You sat on my lap 
And cooed me a promise
To always stay little and sweet.

You give me slobbery kisses,
Nap snuggled on my lap,
And burrow your head into my shoulder.  

But today is the first time
You will break the promise 
You never intended to keep.

I will rejoice and sorrow 
As you gingerly discover frosting
And grin while family celebrates.

Next you will stand and toddle away from me,
Throw tantrums, sing the alphabet,
Steal toys from your brother and ride a bike.

Time will betray me over and over.
You will ramble endlessly about Harry Potter,
Spider-Man, Legos, and knock-knock jokes.

I will watch you with gladness and grief
Knowing that no bribe can keep you
From growing, learning and achieving. 

Leaving me overflowing with sorrowful joy.

*This is a roughly written poem composed on my IPhone while Henry napped on me.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hand Prints

Lately, Family Home Evening has been very basic.  We mostly have read stories from The Friend Magazine.  But Joshua has been asking to make hand prints so I turned it into FHE.  It took about 30  seconds to prepare.

We read Psalm 82:6 and talked about how God gave us our bodies.  Then we made pictures to remind us that we are children of God.

Joshua wanted orange fingerpaint so we even added a little science lesson into it.  (Red and yellow make orange)

One set of hand prints was not enough for Joshua so we let him go crazy.  Then we ate ice cream and gave him a thorough bath.