Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kim's visit

There are so many sweet memories from my time with Kim and her family. This one might take the cake…. At the museum, Teddy and Luke pushing the stools around together while the big kids played with blocks.

Here are the rest!


We had a very eventful day yesterday for Halloween. At co-op in the morning, a team of firefighters came to talk with the kids about safety. One of them got all suited up in front of the kids and then crawled around the room so the

Calvin was brave to walk through the firetruck on his own…

We went to Ihop for some free "scary face pancakes." Pancakes with candy on top. Oh, man. They loved them. What was I thinking?

Then we went to our good neighborhood friends' house to play, eat dinner, and go trick or treating. Last year was sweet going around the neighborhood with just our little family, but this was so much better even. This little team on 4 was on a mission to go to each door yelling "trick or treat" before the door was even opened. I loved seeing them all so confident together! The boy in the football outfit is Sam….Cal's good, good buddy. And his sister Lauren (being as dog as she always pretends to be!) Jack calls his best friend. So sweet to have such good friends so close to us!

Luke was only a half step behind all the big kids. Dan and I would hold him, but he would squirm down to waddle with his little bucket up to each house. I had to dump his bucket out after each house because he enjoyed putting all his candy into each house's bucket…sweet buddy!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Follow the Addie

If our time with Kim, Jason, Addie, and Teddy were a movie, it would have been called Follow the Addie. I don't think I talked to Calvin directly more than a handful of times over the week. Even breakfast conversations between he and I went something like this:

Me: Calvin, what would you like to eat this morning?
Calvin: Addie, what are you going to have?
Addie: (whatever she said that day)
Calvin: I want what Addie is having.

Calvin made his drawings to match Addie's exactly, he repeated what she said, and he was always a half step behind her right shoulder eager to do whatever she decided to do.

Walking around the museum...

Waiting for the balls to drop on their heads at Marbles.

Going on bike/scooter rides...

Hanging out a Duke Gardens...

Flying a kite...

And having a sleep over each night...

It is so sweet to me that the boys love being with their big cousin. She is very good to them, so I can see why they love her!  I so loved being with Addie, too. What a great oldest role model for our extended family!

The one prayer I have after this week is for Calvin's little heart as he grows up (and my heart, too). I see this tendency in him to latch onto other people, disregarding what he usually would say or do to follow them. While I love that he likes to be with friends, I pray that his heart would pursue and follow Jesus alone. He is the only one worthy. 

Psalm 62:5-8
"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone:
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge"