Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
it was a fun evening. nobody asked about jackson's costume. but even when i explained what he was, he wouldn't do his "funny guy." oh well. thanks, again, Doris, for all your help! we love you very, very much!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
August 10th, 2011
*I've been wanting to post this (since I had written it like eons ago)... so here it is. one of my favorite stories of all time.*
On our way to Break the Barriers, Jackson asked me "Why can't I see God?" He's asked this before, but not having an answer that he could possibly understand, I sort of dismissed it. This time, though, I prayed a little "Lord help me explain..." type of prayer and this began our conversation.
Me: "well, it's sort of like the wind... we can see the trees blowing, but we can't see the wind." Jackson nods. Some how we start talking about what is "alive" and what is "dead." I explain how alive is when we eat and grow and breathe. But dead... is when our soul goes to heaven.
Jackson: "what's heaven?"
Me: "that's where God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit live. Did you know Jesus is God's son?" Jackson shakes his head 'no'. I then begin to explain how God had his son, Jesus, come to earth to tell people about God. I tried my best to explain the gospel in the most simple and understandable way I could... praying this makes sense in my little 3 year old's mind. I check in with him every few sentences to make sure this is getting through to him. I ask him "have you ever asked Jesus into your heart, Jackson?" he shakes his head 'no.' "Would you like to ask Jesus into your heart?" A huge grin appears on my little boys face and he says "YES."
I lead him through the prayer... (which he has been spontaneously praying lately thanking God for things and praying for friends and family around us... so I shouldn't have been surprised when he took over at the end) I realize that he wanted to pray on his own, without me leading him, so I said "go ahead, Jackson, you can finish the prayer..."
Jackson:"...and thank you God for living in my heart. I love you Jesus, so much. In Jesus' name, amen."
We were almost to BTB, but I couldn't help but let the tears rolls down my face, thanking God for this little man who has placed his faith in Jesus. I told him he needs to tell people, like Daddy and Grandma, that he has Jesus in his heart and he starts rambling off people he knows that love God. I laughed. He's too cute. But sure enough, when we see Grandma, he tells her "GRANDMA! I have Jesus in my heart!" This happened today, August 10th, 2011 around 9:40am. I know Jesus has a special place in his heart for children. And days like today, I can see why. :-)
Saturday, October 1, 2011
after soccer today we went to Deli Delicious for lunch. Matt and I learned a new spanish word...
Jackson: do you know what meeto's are? meeto's is spanish. cheeto's is english.
matt & me: *giggling* oh really?
me: *still giggling* where did you learn that?
Jackson: a long time ago, I was in high school, I learned that.
*insert full fledged laughter here*
Oh, Jackson that story coupled with you scoring your first goal in soccer... you delight my heart!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
There are a few highlights from this summer that I've wanted to post. Ashlyn's birthday is one of them. So... almost 3 months later, here it is.
July 1st, 2011 was a very hot day. We had A's party on her actual birthday. Crazy, I know! We also invited about a kajillion people. Lucky for us, only about 1/3 of them showed up. *phew* But seriously, there was a ton of people and our house isn't gigantic. Nor is our backyard. We made do, though. And so did our air conditioner.
I have to give some shout outs to those who were a HUGE help to me: Joni (my beeeauutiful sister in law!), Doris (my AH-mazing mother in law) and my always-helpful-never-complains-uncondtional-loving MOM. And thanks to those of you who came! If you never received your thank-you card... well, I never did get around to writing them... so Thank You for your gift. It was really special. *smile*
*pictures are from the previously mentioned beautiful sis in law*