My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jonah's Christmas wish

When it was time for kids to make Christmas lists, I got some pretty interesting requests.  Everything from a "happy family" from Josh, to a "mini ferris wheel" from Becca, to a "small monkey" from Savannah.

Most of the lists were pretty long, and gave me lots of things to choose from.  Jonah's list, however, only had 3 items on it.

Translation: 1. Basketball pants
                    2. Money for the Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico
                    3. Presents for the poor and sick

Side note:  I need a green Christmas tie for choir (complete with illustration)

In his stocking on Christmas morning, he found a special note from Santa.  It said that $100 had been donated to orphans in Mexico, as a gift to him.

I think that was the highlight of his Christmas.

What a sweet, tender-hearted boy.