April 18, 2009
Belated Easter Pictures
As much as he loved the egg hunts and the candy, he has had a lot of fun pointing out to us that Easter is not just about those things, but that it is also about hope. Thanks VeggieTales!
April 07, 2009
March 14, 2009
March 05, 2009
February 15, 2009
Valentine's Day Conversation
Me: Aw, thanks, sweetie, that's so nice!
Josh: What about me? Am I the best daddy ever, or am I just okay?
Josh: (feigning being hurt) Just okay?! Well, who do you think is the best daddy ever?
Jonah: Katherine's daddy. (Katherine is his"best friend" from preschool)
Josh: And why is Katherine's daddy the best?
Jonah: Because I love Katherine!
It's hard to argue with love!
Back to Normal
Here are some photos of Jonah from the happier moments of the past few weeks.
Making snow angels in the first real snow of this winter. I wish I had a picture of us sledding down the hill behind our house, but Josh wasn't able to come out and play, and it's hard to sled and snap a picture at the same time!
January 26, 2009
January 06, 2009
The season kicked off with Jonah's school's Christmas program. It was really cute to see the kids doing their little performances. Above is Jonah's class singing Jump Into the Light (Jonah is off to the right in the white sweater).
Around this time, Jonah also began Tae Kwon Do lessons. He had gone to a birthday party at the Tae Kwon Do school, which is located right next door to the little kids' gym that I've been taking him to for the past year and a half, and he really liked it, so we decided to sign him up for classes. Here he is in his adorable little uniform getting ready to do his punches and kicks. Once we got past some initial resistance around actually wearing the uniform and getting his belt on, he has really taken to the classes, and I think it will be good for him in the long run in terms of teaching discipline and respect.
December 12, 2008
Reflections on Advent
Anyway, last night's discussion was wonderful. We talked about Advent and what an exciting time it is. It's a season of anticipation, of preparation, of knowing that something wonderful is coming. We talked about Mary and the anticipation she must have felt. Being a mother myself, I can imagine the joy and wonder she must have felt, and likely how much greater her joy and wonder must have been knowing that she was carrying the most precious of babies. I also wonder, however, how much greater her fear must have been at knowing that she was also responsible for caring for and rearing this most precious of babies? I know my own fear at knowing that I'm responsible for Jonah. It's a joy, to be sure, watching him grow and mature, but it's also a little frightening at times, especially at times when he gets sick or gets hurt or when I wonder if I'm doing some irreparable psychological damage when I have to exert discipline with him :) ! Imagine having to do all that for God's son! Talk about responsibility!
One of the things that really struck me last night was an excerpt from a reading that says that's it's okay, even desirable, to have questions regarding our faith. We spend so much of our lives looking for answers, and sometimes that searching drives us crazy. But what if we could take those questions and simply use them for reflection and a time to listen? The passage we read was this: "A novice master once responded when asked about a life lived in Christian authenticity, said that to be a Christian was not to know the answers but to begin to live in the part of the self where the question is born....He was speaking of an attitude of listening, of awareness of presence, of an openness to mystery."
What great food for thought! Happy Advent!
December 10, 2008
December Doings (So Far)
November 21, 2008
And Now a Story from Jonah
Where did he come up with that one?!