Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cause Thee to Stand

Our little chunky monkey has lots of reasons to stand.
Today has been hard.  Why are Sundays some of the hardest days?  Granted, I have little kids and three hour afternoon church with toddlers is always a struggle.  But today was particularly rough, and I didn't partake of two of the three hours of Church due to meetings, and missed the spiritual nourishment. (Lesson learned: go to class even when I feel like that's the last thing I want to do.)

However, I was moved by the last hymn in the first meeting where we take the Lord's Supper.  It's a mainstay hymn, How Firm a Foundation.  I needed to hear the last line:

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am they God, and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous,
Omnipotent hand.

I have pled with the Lord for years for a certain blessing.  I feel like I am heard in all other cases and readily see and feel answers, but this one is particularly sticky and the blessing won't budge, it seems.

As I sang today - or didn't, prevented by naughty tears catching me off guard, it was comforting to know that God is still with me - if He can only help me to stand by the strength of his righteous, omnipotent hand, perhaps I can be patient a little while longer.

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Small Wonders: [Haven't done these for a bit, so pardon my catch up.]

* Esther now sleeps in G's old sleep tent, and G sleeps in a toddler bed.  G will now regularly get Esther up upon waking.  Usually, this is a good thing and the two of them will simply play in the nursery together.  When G thinks he has napped but hasn't, it's a bad thing.  I'll often ask him if Esther was up before he got her.  His response the other morning: "Esther got up three minutes ago; I work up a quarter till ten." (spoken at about 7:15 in the morning)
* "I want a bite of the monster poop!" (wha?!)
* "It's breakfast time, daddy.  Sit down in your chair to the right."  G will also often tell Lance that it is breakfast/dinner time, and that he needs to stop reading the paper or whatever he is doing and join G at the table.
* Also said at the table: "Read the prophets of the Lord!"
* One of G's new jobs harkens back to his first chore as an eighteen month year old: that of putting the silverware away (although this time in the right slots).  The other day he saw Lance putting the silverware away, to which he responded emphatically, "Leave it right there!  I'm going to help you!"
* "Esther is my friend.  She loves me."
* After hitting Esther, I asked Gideon if that is what Jesus would do.  He responded "No. [Pausing.] I give her a hug and a kiss. [Doing so.] I love Jesus!"
* I have been taking the kids out in the pram now that things are warming up.  We have a few hills around, and G is very encouraging when he sees me struggling.  He has said "One last little push!" and "You can do it!"  It helps tremendously.
*"Dad, I pooped in my pjammies. [Shrug] It happens sometimes."
* Esther will often bring me her coat to put on her, then walk to the back to door so she can see the bunny.  She is very determined, driven, and resourceful in getting her way (is anyone who knows me surprised?).  She will lead any adult by the hand where she wants to go, and then manipulate their hands in doing what she wants them to do, whether it be read a book, to open something, or to put something on her person.
*E's vocab has expanded dramatically.  She remembers "bow," "apple," "applesauce," "pickle," "please," and a host more.  She is so proud she can say "applesauce" and repeats it incessantly.


We prepped for a "Hiking Babes" class I signed up for with the kids by doing a family hike a week ago Saturday.  Kids were great.

I carried E most of the way, and she liked to hold on to my walking stick and help me plant it in the ground with each stride.

Lance teaching colors by trail markers.





Our new $25 chair.  I'm a little in love - just need to recover the sides and back with burlap, I think.


terrorizing the bunny is becoming a favorite pastime for E.


I stopped through DC for a slew of whirlwind meetings...

And to retrieve my long-lost piano!

breakfasting with this cutie.

Esther seemed nearly as thrilled with the piano (and antique couch in the background) as I am.




Visiting a nearby nursery was a little like going to Disneyland.  We will back for all the wild rides soon!


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