Saturday, October 17, 2009

So kind

Many times over that past few months, Dan and I have commented to each other about how kind Jonah is. Considering he is our only child, I don't know if that is normal for a three year old but it amazes me each time. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about.

  • Jonah was sick a few weeks ago. I walked into the bathroom as he was getting ready to brush his teeth so I could give him medicine. He opened his mouth, swallowed the liquid then looked at me and said "thank you for my medicine, mommy!"
  • When we take sippy cups out of the dishwasher, we usually fill all of them and put them in the fridge. Jonah walked by as I was doing that last week and said "Are you putting juice and water in my cups?" I told him I was. He hugged my leg and said "Thank you for always giving me juice in my cup."
  • This morning, Dan was working on his computer while Jonah was watching Dora. Jonah looked up at him and said "Thank you for typing those letters on your computer daddy!"
  • Yesterday we were out and about and Jonah pulled into the Target parking lot. Jonah said "Thank you for bringing me to Targets. This is so special!" (Yes, he puts an S on Target. He must be 70!)
  • It was time to get out of the pool Thursday but Jonah was not ready. His lip started quivering and I knew tears were on the way. I warned him that cried he would go straight to his bed for a nap. He could not help it and the tears came gushing. I was drying him off as he sobbed. Through the tears he said "thank you for letting me swim at my new house and I don't want to take a nap so thank you for swimming and for putting on my swimsuit!"
Like I said, this could be normal three year old behavior but it blows my mind that he is so incredibly kind and grateful. He is so appreciative of things people do for him and always talks about things being "so much fun" when he does something with other people. There is nothing like hearing "thank you mommy" 30+ times a day for every little thing from tying his shoes to fixing his meals to wiping his nose.

Many adults could learn a lesson from this little guy. We go through life expecting things rather than being grateful for the blessings God sends our way. Jonah doesn't say thanks for just the big things, he says thanks for everything. After all, life is a gift...we should all be grateful! Even when it doesn't turn out the way we thought it should!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Flashback Friday

I was looking for an old picture of Jonah and ran across this card I made after our first visit to the pumpkin patch. Jonah was 14.5 months old in these pictures. What a fun day that was! This is one of my favorite cards ever of him!

Swimming in October?!?!?!

That picture wasn't a particularly great picture of Jonah, but I posted it so a certain few people can see the child safety fence around the pool. I've gotten a couple of questions about how closely we watch Jonah outside and whether the pool is a concern since we have a child. Florida has a law that all pools must have a child safety fence. This is completely removable but we plan to leave it up all the time. The only exception will be parties but we will put it right back up. I have a hard time opening it sometimes so I feel quite sure Jonah is safe!
Is it odd to anyone else that it is the middle of October and I'm posting pictures of swimming in the ocean and the pool? I guess I will begin to realize the difference in Florida weather and MS/LA weather at some point but I'm not there yet. I still can't believe that we have been to the beach or in the pool six out of the last seven days. But, believe it or not, we have. And, I have pictures as proof!

I asked Jonah to take his swimsuit off so I could squeeze the water out of it before walking inside. He took it off but got right back in the pool. I told him he was skinny dipping. He said "No, I'm not...I'm swimming!"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Saturday at Daytona Beach

Lovely face huh? Jonah was less than thrilled to be in the Chickfila drive-thru because he wanted to be at the "ocean with the beach with the waves with the sand." We tried to explain to him how hungry he would get if he didn't put some food in his belly first. He did not care. Fortunately, they day got better from this point forward!
Our little boy is an official beach bum. I was blown away to watch him step out of our car, onto the sand and never look back. He ran with no fear right towards the water. The waves barely caused him to pause. We ran, jumped, swam, giggled, played in the sand, sang songs, laughed and spent the day making memories.

This was Jonah's first real trip to the beach. He went back in August to just look at the water but he had never been in. It was so much fun to experience another "first" with him.

One of the best parts of the day was watching him run. He ran full speed and cackled as he did. He chased birds. He jumped over sand castles. He ran to the water. He ran from the waves. He ran to jump in daddy's arms. He ran to hide behind me when the birds chased him. He ran and ran and ran!


Many of you followed me on Facebook and Twitter as Dan & I attended Catalyst last week. I wrote then about a powerful moment when Jimmy, a guy from Kenya met the guy who has sponsored him through Compassion International. It was one of the most powerful moments of my life and I just ran across the video from that time. PLEASE WATCH! Get a tissue first! Jimmy's story starts at minute 3:45.

Catalyst 2009 Compassion Moment from Catalyst on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Way Back WHENsday

OCT 2006
OCT 2007

OCT 2008

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Patch with Mia

When I was 9 or 10 years old, I found out my mom's sister and her family were moving to Florida. As a kid, that threw me for a loop! I remember telling them goodbye around Christmas then going to my cousin Misty's other grandmother's house to spend the night. I woke up early the next morning and cried my eyes out when I thought about them driving away. I thought I would never see them again. I knew Florida was a long way away and I was so sad that they made the move.

Now, some 25 years later, I made that same move with my little family. They planted their lives in the Tampa area and we planted ours in
DeLand. It just so happens that we are now 112 miles apart. For us, that is an easy trip because we were used to driving 2 hours to go anywhere when we lived in Vidalia. So, driving 2 hours to see my family on the left coast of FL will be a breeze. (For me anyway, I think it wore them out today!)

I was so happy to find out that my aunt, who I am named after was coming to visit today with her daughter and granddaughter. Brandy was off work since it was a holiday so they all made the trek over to visit. Mia is 9 months old and as cute as can be. Some of you may remember me mentioning her on the blog several times after she was born. She was a very sick little girl and lots of you prayed for her. I'm happy to report she is doing excellent now and is a vibrant, happy and beautiful little girl.

It was fun to experience the pumpkin patch with them. Jonah was full of energy and wanted to run and jump. Mia wanted to take it all in. He looked like a giant next to her. We plan to take him back later to do his official pumpkin patch pictures but these turned out pretty good for just a fun unplanned day at the patch.


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