Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Picture of Grace

Last week, Eliana and I "read" Peter Spier's Noah's Ark for the first time. The wonderful illustrations (which do not include the above) do all the "talking." I think it was the first time the devastation really sank in with Eliana. When she saw pictures of other animals standing outside the closed ark deep in water she finally realized how many more animals died in the flood than were saved. I suppose her response was typical--"That's not fair."

But praise the Lord we do not get what is "fair!" If that were true, then there would be no hope for any, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) We can choose to focus on the "bad" things that happen in the world as a means of trying to question God's character, or we can look at the many blessings in our lives and wonder in utter amazement, "How is it that good things happen to sinful people?" Let us thank the Lord our God, who is mysteriously well-pleased to lavish upon us His love and grace.

Looking at an illustration of the ark at sea, I thought I would try a lead-in to point out Noah's great faith in God again. I asked Eliana how she thought she may have felt being on that ark, adrift at sea, rain falling from the sky, surrounded by water and no land in sight for so long. Her response?


Friday, November 07, 2008

Three Cheers to the Master!

Okay, so this is actually a picture from 2005. And husband hasn't officially graduated with his master's yet, but that's just a technicality now. IT IS FINISHED. I am so proud of you, love!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

You must be this tall to enter

Oh, the things Eliana asks when we're driving in the van!  I could fill up the blog daily with this stuff if I only had the time.  She seems to think the van is the best place to ask all thought-provoking, life-altering questions, such as the time she decided to ask, "May we get a pet?" while I was fighting to strap a very resistant Evangeline into her carseat before everyone else in the parking lot was convinced that I must surely be kidnapping the child.  I guess you could say she really needs to work on her delivery.  Anyway, here's a nugget from today:

Eliana: "Mommy?"

Me: "Yes?"

E: "I want to be a mommy now."

Me: (playfully) "Well, you know, once you become a mommy you can't ever stop, no matter how tired you may be."

E: "No matter how tired you are?"

Me: "Yeah, no matter how tired you are."

E: (thinking)...  "Well, I'm ready to be a mommy.  (pause)  I'm just not tall enough yet."

Me: (laughing)

E: "Am I tall enough yet, Mommy?"

Me: "No, sweetie.  I don't think you're tall enough yet."