Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beautiful Innocent Childhood

I recently read this poem here

I absolutely love what it says. It challenges me...challenges me to not pick up the spilled food around the dog bowl as a result of Malachi wanting to help, to not get caught up with my to-do lists and miss reading A Mother for Choco for the hundredth time, to not make my kids feel like a burden when they need some lovin' at 2:47am, to take time to finger paint, catch bugs, make cookies (and actually let THEM do it), to let this house be theirs as much as it is mine, to embrace the toys on the floor, crayon on the wall, scotch taped pictures to our fridge, and to take those precious moments before disciplining to make sure it's done shrouded in the same love and gentleness my Heavenly Father uses with us. 

God's teaching us so much in this season. I've never felt so much like a needy toddler myself with God. Although seeing our own failures and sinful selfish nature doesn't always feel good, there's nowhere else we'd rather be. There's nowhere for us to move except the next step ahead...God's hand holding ours...and our hands holding our children's. I hope this poem encourages you today:). Below are some photos of beautiful innocent childhood that's been unfolding in our home these days. Oh God, let me always be as a child before You...
 
If Children Could Talk
My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make my bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball.

My legs are short; please slow down so I can keep up with you.

My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely. Don’t restrict me unnecessarily.

Housework will always be there. I’m only little for a short time-please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs. Don’t nag me all day long…treat me as you would like to be treated.

I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, by holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

I need your encouragement to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations.

I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.

Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

-Unknown

Who knew a diaper box could be so fun.
When I gave her the flowers, I was picturing a sweet smelling picture. But, Haddie had other ideas...looks like food, right?
Nothing makes this boy happier than watching the washer run.
Sunday coupon clipping...Hadassah style.
Mmmmm, blueberry baked oatmeal.
No, she doesn't have glasses;). But, she'd look really cute if she did!
Playing the piano is so much better with sunglasses on.
She totally fell asleep sitting up, playing with her stuffed animals.
It all looks so neat and pretty...1 minute after this picture was taken it was quite a different scene. But, he had a blast!
Meet Malachi's 2 beloved bears, Alice and Harry.

5 comments:

  1. I wish how much I could explain how much I love seeing pictures of them! They are SOOOO cute. ;)

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  2. The pictures are precious, and the poem IS indeed a great reminder (one that I often need)!

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  3. Love all the pictures! So fun to see your kiddos. So surreal since we saw them in Ethiopia! Malachi's smile in the last picture is too precious!

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  4. I really needed to be reminded that childishness is not foolishness....therefore I should just enjoy childishness while my kiddos let me :) I know it goes w/o saying, but your kiddos are adorable!

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  5. motherhood is a precious gift and I need to be reminded of that sometimes. thanks for the poem and the pictures!

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