Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Book Lists

I love reading, honestly, I love books, I wish that I had more time to read and more resources to purchase them. I try to use the library as much as I can but I have a small fetish with germs and I like to mark in my books as I read them.... which creates a small problem with the library system :) This means that any extra spending money I have goes to books. I am a bargain shopper which helps, but my hubby has now began to add a surcharge on all book charges for the cost of shelf space, which is sad, but true, good shelves are hard to come by and they're not cheap!!

Anyhow, I didn't keep record of all the books I read this year, but when I started looking back at the past year I could see where so many of the books that I read impacted my life and heart. I've decided to share with you (at least what I can remember) the books that I have read in the past year.

~ Walking with God John Eldredge (My number one pick for this year - GREAT book)
~ The Shack William P. Young - contoversial, but in my opinion very good - my recommendation would be to focus on the relational aspect of the story and not theology (it is FICTION)
~ Faith and Doubt John Ortberg - incredible author, I read two of his books this year and I can't recommend him enough.
~ A Woman's Heart God's Dwelling Place Beth Moore (this was actually a study, but I count it as a book, lots of reading and as always excellent)
~ Lord I want to Know You Kay Arthur
~ Captivating John Eldredge
~ The Life You've Always Wanted John Ortberg
~ The Beloved Disciple Beth Moore (a study turned book - VERY good)
~ Intimate Issues Linda Dillow and Pintus - sure to affect your marriage!
~ Dawn's Light Terri Blackstock (This is the last book in it's series, excellent fiction series, I was actually waiting for this book to come out!)
~ Family Driven Faith Voddie Bauchum - great book on family disciplship, I am not as "strict" in some areas but I agreed with so much in this book including the overall concept so I have to recommend it.
~ Boundaries with Kids Cloud and Townsend - another good one - has a lot of really practical great parenting tips
~ Lord Foulgrins Letters Fiction book by Randy Alcorn - I only thought this book was "okay" but it was an easy read and fairly short
~ A Time to Dance Karen Kingsbury - fiction
~ Between Sundays Karen Kingsbury - fiction
~ 3:16 Max Lucado
~ The Splitting Storm Ruth Gutteridge - fiction
~ When you rise up RC Sproul (a book on homeschooling)
~ The Bible: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Lamentations, Joel, 1 Timothy, Galatians, Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians - can't go wrong with the Bible - I got stuck on some of the prophesy books and I wish I would have read more but every book has a message to offer - incredible!!

I know that I am forgetting some, I know for a fact there were a few library books I read and they are not on here. And I have several books that I started and didn't quite finish (I can think of 4 homeschooling books that are mostly finished but didn't quite get to the end.... ugh... disappointing). My top 3 recommendations from this year, (excluding the Bible - which is always my number one recommendation) would be "Walking with God" "Faith and Doubt" and "Initmate Issues" very good... but seriously.... all of them are great.

Must read authors, in my opinion, are John Ortberg and John Eldredge --- sooo good.

I have a big hope for the coming up year and my goal is to read even more books:

~ When God Weeps Joni Earackson Tada & Steven Estes (I've read a little bit already and I have already bawled my eyes out ---- looks sooo good and came highly recommended by a friend I trust)
~ Living Beyond Yourself The Beth Moore Study I am currently going through with my mom and sister, it's taking us a little longer, but we're getting through it
~ Intimacy Ignited Dillow and Pintus (couples)
~ Foxe's Book of Martyrs John Foxe - I started last year but took a break to get through some of my other books
~ Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World I bought this book forever ago and it's just been sitting on the shelf - I'm going to read it this year
~ Lies women believe and the truth that sets them free Nancy Lee Demoss - I bought this book a while ago as well, but I signed up for a study that is going to be going through this book which should be the motivation I need to get through it!
There are so many more, but this is it for now. I am ALWAYS taking book recommendations so any thoughts please share!!

What about you guys? What are some of the books that you read this year? Which ones affected you most deeply? What books are on your list for the next year?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Goals for 2009

I never do very well with New Years Resolutions. By February I'm usually left defeated and guilt-ridden for failing once again to complete my resolutions. So this year I am doing it a little differently. I had already begun making a list of goals when I read Jocelyn's post, so I decidedd to go ahead and join in the home school blog awards fun!

Again, I want to clarify for those of you not from hsba, these are not things that I am going to be starting to do "cold-turkey", so to speak, on the 1st, but things that I hope to gradually work up to and accomplish throughout the year.

~ Talk with God Daily
~ Develop a daily quiet time "routine" - routine is the wrong word, but I want a system of some sort.... I'm going to start with more of an inductive study approach (I think) but I need to stop "jumping all over the place" - I'm doing pretty good with the "daily" part it's just unorganized and it's driving me nuts!
~ Excercise 2-3 times a week
~ Plant a vegetable garden, bigger than the one I had last summer
~ Memorize 24 scriptures (2 a month)
~ Display more nicely framed pictures throughout the house
~ Make a quilt for Tim & I's bedroom
~ Become a better photographer.... I wouldl love to take a class, but even if I can't learning new techniques would suffice
~ Finish reading the entire Bible for the first time.... and then start again
~ Complete Treyton's first year of preschool - going all the way through the letter "Z" in our curriculum
~ Read 25, books or more
~ Start serving in my church
~ Redecorate the upstairs bathroom
~ Blog a reflective post once a week
~ Scrapbook: catch up my scrapbook, finish Treyton & Alexa's one-year albums
~ Learn at least one new way to be more natural (examples of things I already do: cloth diapers, vegetable garden)
~ Get back to having a date-night with my hubby
~ Make more home videos
~ Have a girls-night out once a month
~ Touch-up paint throughout the house, and add some more decorative touches throughout the home
~ Read to my children more often
~ Change the oil in my car - once
~ Teach Treyton his alphabet
~ Learn of a non-violent way to get rid of rabbits
~ Make a scarf for my brother-in-law
~ Learn how to use photoshop or someother similiar program to edit, and create my own digital scrapbooking buttons and such

Gently Leading those with Young

I try to pick out a new verse every year as a compass and truth to carry with me throughout the year. This verse actually started speaking to me in the spring of last year, and I forgot about it for a while, and it recently came back to me.

Isaiah 40:11 "He will tend His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in His bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young."
This verse speaks such hope to my heart. I am a mother of two, and hopefully someday more. I love being a mom and I love my children. But this stage of life can be hard. I spend about 90% of my time (if not more) at home, I never really "punch out" - I'm always on call, one of the things i look forward to in life is getting the mail (!), and my job description includes cleaning up bodily fluids of small people .... it isn't glamorous, but it is a blessing. I'm thankful for it, but it is hard.
I need encouragement EVERYDAY! Maybe that seems like a lot, but it's easy to get burnt out. I'm thankful for my friends and family that I call in my moments of despair that lift me up, pray for me and get me back on my feet. But this verse reminds me that there is one who is gently leading me everyday, every moment; and He is gentle with me.

The comfort those words bring.... He isn't harsh with me when I fail or screw up, He isn't angry, He is gentle, He is loving, as a shepherd should be. And what's more than that? I'm not on my own! Somedays I feel very lonely, I feel like I am in a crazy maze and I have NO clue which way to go. The good news is, I don't need to know - only He does. He leads me and guides me through whatever comes my way. I don't always understand His ways, but I don't need to, I am the sheep, He is the Shepherd, I will follow Him.
"He will carry them in His bosom"
When I fall, when I can't go on, He will pick me up and carry me in His arms.
As I am typing this tears are streaming down my face, I can't tell you how this ministers to my heart. I grow weary, I get tired, I feel like I don't have what it takes. I want to be a good mom, I want to be a good wife, I want to be a good person..... but some days I don't have it in me, but instead of giving up, I can lean upon this truth and know that the Lord - the Creator of the Universe - is carrying me in His arms when I can't take the next step on my own.

Lord, thank you for this verse, thank you for the promise that you are leading me and that you are with me. There are times when I feel uncertain and I doubt, when I can't see you in the storm. Thank You for still being there when I can't feel You. Thank You that when I can't go on, You are carrying me. When I don't know which way to turn, You are there to lead me. You are good - and You are gentle with me - thank You.
I pray that I will hide this verse in my heart and that You will use it to light my path when I need it. Fill my head and heart with the promises it contains and I pray that you will use it to encourage me and that I may encourage others with it as well.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

I know I'm a day late, but....
Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!
We had a busy Christmas schedule this past week, but it was actually very peaceful and minus a few last minute stress-sessions, was fairly relaxing.

Last weekend we hosted the Schoessow family Christmas at our home for the first time. We really enjoyed it, and I think it went off pretty well for everyone else too. We kept Christmas simple, taking out all presents, excluding our usual ornament exchange and gift from Mommer and Papa to the grandkids. For our "big" Christmas gift to ourselves we are planning on taking a family vacation in February to Florida (Super excited!!). I truly cannot wait - I really think the kids are going to love it!

Christmas Eve we spent at my mom's house, we weren't planning on it, but we ended up going down the night before due to the snow storm we were having. Instead of exchanging gifts individually, for the first time we did a generic game for the immediate family. It was similar to the white-elephant game, but with a few modifications. It was a lot of fun and we kept it fair, which is not surprising in our family :) There were a lot of great gifts in the game so everyone walked away with something nice.

Christmas Day we spent at home with our family - this is the first time we've ever celebrated our family's Christmas on Christmas day. It was very relaxed. We got up, ate breakfast, Treyton played with a few of his toys from the night before, and then we got around to opening gifts. The kids each got 3 presents a piece from Tim and I (to represent the 3 gifts from the wisemen) and then 1 from each other. Not surprisingly, we ended up spending most of the rest of the day cleaning up wrapping paper, putting together toys, figuring out our new electronics and watching our new movies.... it was fairly pleasant and simple, perfect as far as I was concerned.

We hope that you all had a great Christmas holiday as well, and continue to throughout the New Year!

The Schoessow's

Monday, December 22, 2008

Looking Back at 2008

As 2008 nears it's end, I started to think about what this year has meant to me, what areas God has blessed me in, what He has given me, what He has taken away and what lessons I have learned in the process of it all.
Looking back over the year brings a mix of emotions - we have had some of the best and worst moments of our lives. Through it all though, we know the Lord was faithful and regardless of the circumstances, we know that now more than ever.
So, in spite of our recent family tragedy and the great loss of Trent that we think about daily, we still recognize that God is good and has blessed this year, like all the years in our past.

The Blessings of the Past Year:
~ The birth of our little miracle, Alexa. Though I have posted on this before, I never want to get over thanking God for her. She is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to us in this year. To think that almost two years ago we thought we would never be able to have more children.... She is pure joy, and the best baby a parent could ask for. At nearly 6 months old she is full of character, but content enough to allow mom a little time to breath - she is a perfect mix of character and peace.... she is a breath of fresh air and a great personality. I can tell already, the Lord has such big plans for her.
~ The ability to stay at home and my hubby's awesome job/business: These didn't happen this year, but are a continual blessing in our lives and I don't want to ever forget to thank God for them!!
~ A new van: we recently got a new van, and while this is a material blessing, and I want to be careful on not putting too much value on material things, going from my SUV (which I do miss by the way) to a minivan has been far beyond what I imagined. Incredible!! The space, and the conveniences that have come with owning a van are truly a blessing for our family. For the first time with either of my children, we can put them in the car and they can stay awake without crying - something I thought was only true in fiction stories!!
~ A new church: since we moved here over 2 1/2 years ago, we have gone from church to church. We had a pretty strong guideline of what we were looking for in a church, and while we had found two churches we liked a lot, neither of them ever felt like "the one", but this past August after Tim attended a men's conference at Celebration Church in Green Bay, he called me and said "I think I found our church", we attended the following sunday and during the first song, I was moved to tears, and I knew that we had found our church. God has blessed us with a church home and we look forward to building relationships and a church family there.

Spiritual Growth & Blessings
~ Daily Quiet Time: this past year I grew so much in my relationship with God and one of the areas that I felt the strongest area of growth was in a deep desire to spend alone time with Him everyday. While I went times without it, I have definetly developed the heart, desire and habit of drawing near to Him daily!! What a precious gift.
~ Homeschooling: the Lord placed many things on my heart this past year, primarily through my daily time with Him, and one of the biggest desires was to homeschool. Though the enemy has enjoyed spinning lies and doubt among this word of the Lord for me, I know that God has given me this desire and has also put so many other great christians in my life with the same heart. I am learning so much at this time and am so grateful to have received these thoughts from Him a little early to give me the "prep time" that I enjoy. Though we are only doing preschool right now, and we aren't that constant with it, it has been so much fun and I have learned alot about myself and Treyton and what we are capable of and what we are not.
~ Family devotions and memorizing Bible verses: We have started trying to do family devotions after dinner as well as memorizing verses. Tim and I learned more than 6 verses in the past 6 months, we wanted it to be more, however, we are happy with what we have accomplished. Treyton has learned so much as well through not only the family devotions, but watching Tim and I grow and relying more on the Bible.
~ Family Prayer: We have begun to teach Treyton the importance of prayer and how we can talk to God anytime about anything. When he gets hurt, Tim is so good at asking Treyton if he wants to pray about it, and Treyton always says yes. It wasn't this way a year ago. Part of this comes from the realization that God cares about the details of our lives, and living in that reality.

Lessons I have learned (and am learning)
~ The importance of friends - not to take away from the importance of family, but in addition too.
~ Joy is not contengient on my expressions and feelings
~ The Lord is sovereign, He is in control, all things go through His hands
~ I have to let go of some of the little things so that I can grab on to the big things
~ The Lord is speaking - most of the time through His word, sometimes through a still small voice. I need to put myself in a position to hear Him through either way He choices to speak to me.
~ My dreams and desires are from God, and He will fulfill them in HIS time!

My Verses of the Year:
There have been a lot of great verses that have ministered to me throughout the year - I'm sure I'm forgetting some but a few of the first ones that come to mind

Psalms 55:22 "Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved."
Isaiah 43:1b-2 (this has been my "life verse" for a while now.... I LOVE it) "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame will not consume you."
John 15:10 "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."
Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good, acceptable and perfect will of God."

My Verse for the upcoming Year:
Isaiah 40:11 "He will tend to His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom and gently lead those that are with young."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Link Clickin' - December 2008


Children & Homeschooling

Christian Living

  • You never walk alone an encouraging post for the times in our life we feel the most desperate and alone.
  • Priorities a nice reminder during the Christmas holidays - What is worth our time and energy?
  • Showers of Stress an encouraging post on the daily "storms" of life and how to get through them
  • Just Do It a motivating article on what it takes to get into a daily quiet time routine - it's hard core but I think it's exactly what some of us need to hear!
  • Melissa's (Beth Moore's daughter) process and pointers on studying books of the Bible - using Leviticus as her example.... very good article!
Misc. & Fun

  • A list of companies that donates to planned parenthood, I was disappointed by some of the companies on the list, including sears (kmart), whole foods, ebay, time warner, johnson & johnson.
  • Digital Camera Lag Time Comparisons A comparison chart on digital cameras and their shutter speed
  • Speedtest, how many words per minute can you type? (My test showed 68 words per minute)

Centered on the Home


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Memories & Traditions

This week we have been busy making some Christmas memories. On Saturday Tim's sister, Toni, asked us to go to the Green Bay Botanical Gardens to walk through their light display. It was a beautiful night (40 degrees) so we bundled up the kids and headed north :) It was soo awesome, we are so glad that we went(if you live in the area I definetly recommend that you go). Treyton loved it and Alexa (who I was wearing) actually fell asleep.
The trail was a mile long, but it didn't seem like it. Because of the nice weather it was pretty crowded, but again, it didn't really seem like it once we got in. We had to park in the overflow parking and then buses came over to pick us up. This was actually pretty cool, Treyton enjoyed being on the bus and it went rather smoothly.

There were lots of different displays. This tree is 5 stories tall with over 20,000 lights!! Can you believe it? I never would have guessed it. Treyton's favorite were the caterpillars (Hermie's, he called them) They were all beautiful and I can't believe how much it got me into the holiday spirit. We plan on making it a yearly tradition.
Yesterday, we spent all morning baking cookies. This was a tradition that I remember and treasured as a child, and since I have moved out of my mom's house, I haven't really done it. That all changed this year and Treyton and I had a blast! We made chocolate covered pretzels, m&m oatmeal cookies, butterscothc haystacks, chocolate & coconut haystacks and peanut butter cookies. Treyton had quite the sugar high (and crash by the end of the night) but it was a good time nonetheless. I look forward to carrying this tradition on through the years as well.
(This picture isn't really anything but a cute picture of my man and his little princess) Aren't they cute?)

This is a picture of Treyton in his snow tunnel that him and dad made last week. This was after it got a little bit warmer so the tunnel had shrunk a little bit, but Treyton still loved it!! From the first time it snowed Treyton started asking to build a snow tunnel, this is something that Treyton has done every year with Tim and has always loved it - it's definetly a wintertime favorite for him!

We hope that your family is enjoying the holiday season and making some family traditions of your own.

Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cute Christmas Video

Our church played this video this morning, it tells a great Christmas message in a cute way

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Word-Fillled Wednesday

Joy in Relation to Hope

Pre-Warning: this is a long post.

I am currently doing the Beth Moore study on the fruit of the Spirit with my mom and sister, this week we are covering joy. After talking on the phone with my mom about joy I began to think about how confusing the topic really is for me. How many misconceptions and assumptions I have regarding joy. Something that has always stumped me about joy is that I have always assumed that being joyful is a continual thing, like you can NEVER lose it once you have it, like a joyful person would always show signs of joy (like never being sad). After looking into the Bible a little more, I now know that this is not true - Joy, like any other fruit of the spirit or character can be temporarily forgotten or ignored by a believer , a good example of this is patience. You can be a patient person, and have a sudden outburst, but you are still a patient person, you didn't lose your patience just because you failed, the same is true with joy, if we allow a situation to overtake us and we lose our joy, it doesn't mean we aren't joyful, it only means we aren't currently experiencing our joy.

So, back to my thoughts....What is joy? We know that it isn't happiness... it's seems similiar to peace, but a little different, we're told it isn't dependent on our circumstances, but we really don't know what that means --- can you still cry and be joyful? What emotions are 'allowed' while still remaining joyful? Are we supposed to be glad when bad things happen? What is it about trials that is supposed to be considered joyful?

Let's go over a few things that the Bible tells us about Joy:

1. We acheive joy when we obey the commands of God 1 John 15:11 "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." This also insinuates to me that there are different levels of joy

2. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 Joy comes as a result of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as we open up our hearts and lives to the Holy Spirit, in turn, we will experience joy as a 'fruit", or side effect of His indwelling.
3. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances Romans 5:3-5 "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces HOPE, and HOPE does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." James 1:2-3 "Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness."

4. It seems to me that joy is a result of suffering, not because of the suffering per say but of the character that sufferings and trials produces. If that is the case, then it is fair to say that anytime we begin to develop character (perseverence, HOPE, faith, loyalty, etc.) we also obtain joy. Joy comes as a result to character development, primarily HOPE. Romans 12:12 "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." When we face trials, the test is: are we going to allow ourselves to hope in our salvation, in our Lord and saviour? Or are we going to focus on the storm around us? It isn't the trial that matters as much as it being an excercise of hope, which brings us joy in the midst of our suffering.

5. Joy is dependent on our faith in Jesus Christ, without Christ we have no salvation, we have no future, no HOPE Romans 5:2 "Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in HOPE of the glory of God."

6. God also rejoices and has joy, He finds joy in His creation (including us) Psalm 104:31, Isaiah 65:18, Luke 15 speaks of 3 parables (the lost coin, the lost sheep, the lost son) and refers to the joy over the salvation of 1 sinner(15:7)

7. Sin will rob a person of joy Psalm 51:7-8 (along with this the sin we fall into will turn us into a prisoner to sin... definetly NOT joy!)

8. We are called to rejoice (to be joyful) with those who are rejoicing Romans 12:14 "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." When I looked up the original greek word for "weep" I was surprised by what I found. This word ("Klaio", pronounces klah'-yo) is NOT referring to crying. It actually refers to 'any loud expression of grief, wailing, sob'.... this word is referring to a serious expression of emotion and sadness. What this is telling us is that as christians we can be joyful and also wail, weep and express (strongly) the pain and hurt we experience in this life.

9. Joy is a result of having an eternal perspective Psalm 51:12 & Luke 10:17-20 When we allow ourselves to focus our heart, mind and spirit on heaven and the eternal implications of our actions - our lives will be TRANSFORMED, and in that as well. When our heavenly destination and eternal fellowship with God becomes our focus our earthly circumstances take on a new meaning, giving us a natural joy and peace.

I pray that we will all begin to experience the joy of God in our lives, that we may focus our hearts and lives heavenward and live in the joy and strength of our God.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Faith and Doubt

This is the book I recently started reading.
Written by John Ortberg it addresses the issues of, you guessed it, faith and doubt. On the back of the book it says:
"What if the most important word is the one in the middle" "We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line
between hostile camps than a razor’s edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg’s own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us—including our doubts."
I'm only a few chapters in and I have learned so much already, I would include this book (thus far) on my "must read" list.
One of the quotes that really stuck out to me in the first chapter was from Nicholas Wolterstorff it says "I cannot fit it all together by saying "He [God] did it," but neither can I do so by saying, "There was nothing He could do about it." I cannot fit it together at all... I have read the theodicies produced to justify the ways of God to man. I find them unconvincing. To the most agonized question I have ever asked I do not know the answer. I do not know why God would watch him fall. I do not know why God would watch me wounded. I cannot even guess. My wound is an unanswered question. The wounds of all humanity are an unanswered question."

I cling to my faith and the goodness of God in ways I never have before, I've never needed to to this extent but there remains a part of me that does not, and cannot understand the "why". I keep thinking, if only I could somehow "get it" if I could somehow make sense of it all.....

On one hand I am filled with a level of faith and confidence I have never known before, but on the other hand I am also filled with questions, and confusion, unanswered questions to deep wounds. Though I may not get the answers I am looking for, I will never let go of my faith. I know that my God is good and that He is faithful and that He loves us. I know that regardless of the situation, my God is by my side and He sees a picture I cannot - He is leading me home and while I do not understand and cannot see what is in front of me, I know the one who does, and I hold onto Him.

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

1 Peter 1:6-9 "In this you rejoice, though right now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Cute Treyton Stories

~ On our way home for church yesterday, Tim, Treyton and I were discussing his sunday school craft. It was a piece of paper with stickers on it and things listed on it that he was thankful for. It was cute, you could tell that they actually wrote down what he said because it said things like "food" and "baby" (typical Treyton answers :)). I asked him, "Are these things, the things that you are thankful for?" and he said "Yeah, but no Leaner".
Leaner is the neighbor's dog and is Treyton's best friend - he prays for him every day and anytime we leave Treyton waves at "Leaner's House" and says "Bye Leaner".... Anyhow, as you can imagine a three-year-old talking, when Treyton says "Leaner" the "L" isn't as clear as one would hope, and it typically comes out "Weaner"
So, Tim and I quickly realized what probably happened at Sunday school.... when the Sunday School teacher started asking for the things Treyton was thankful for, I'm certain that Treyton answered "Leaner" (or what they thought was "Weiner") and they must have told him "no" because he knew, without being able to read, that it wasn't on there. And he kept saying to us "leaner, no, no, leaner" when we asked him about it.
Tim got a real kick out of the fact that his sunday school teachers probably thought he was saying something else, and that knowing Treyton he repeated himself several times to make a point! Me? I was totally embarassed, especially considering they didn't say anything to us when we picked him up!!

~ The other day, we were eating twisty pretzels and Treyton had taken a bite of one and it looked like a letter "M". Treyton looked at the pretzel and then looked at me and said "McDonalds"

~ When dad got home frome work last week, Treyton was down stairs watching a movie, I called down to him and he yelled up "Is daddy home?" and I yelled back "yeah" and then he yelled back up and said "Daddy, I'm watching a movie" - it was so matter-of-fact I felt like he was a teenager.

~ Treyton always says to me and Tim how he wants hair, like dad when he gets big. He points to his lips, his cheeks, his arms, his legs.... it's cute - he says "when I am bigger and bigger, I want hair."

~ A few nights ago, Treyton was hot during the night and he called out, Tim fixed him up so that he had just the sheet instead of the comforter but Treyton said that his baby sam, who was sleeping next to him, was cold, so Tim had to swaddle up baby sam, and cover him up so that Sam and Treyton could both sleep comfortably.

These little stories bring such a smile to my heart, children have such an innocent and sweet outlook on the world, I hope that by being a mom, I can somehow take on part of Treyton's easy-going, simple mentality rather than the other way around. God Bless the hearts and minds of children.