Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Saturday Afternoon Drive

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of driving my two kiddos to a birthday party over in Smyrna. After a pony ride, a few cupcakes and some play time - the ride home was pretty quiet. As we're driving through the Marietta square trying to get back to the interstate, Kate is looking out the window and suddenly she starts chatting  about God and Jesus and where they lived and what they do. So our conversation went something like this:

Kate: Does Jesus live in the sky?
Me: No, that's God and he lives in Heaven.
Kate: Oh...well, where does Jesus live?
Me: Jesus lives in your heart.
Kate: What? He's in my heart???
Me: Yes, say you believe in Jesus, he comes and lives in your heart.
Kate: I don't see him in there.
Me: Just because you don't see him doesn't mean he's there.
Kate: Can he hear me?
Me: Yes, he can hear you talk to him. Jesus and God are really good at listening.
Kate: Huh... Well, if he's in my heart, how does he eat dinner?
And I couldn't help but smile. I didn't have an answer that at the time wasn't overly complicated. Yes, there are moments as a parent when your child will triumph with a question that you can't answer. And this is mine.

What are some questions your kids have asked that had you stumped in the moment?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Blogging Challenge #7 - Favorite Movies

Watching a movie has always been a favorite family activity of mine. Growing up,  I always remember how often my brother and I would go with my mom and dad to the theater. I remember the first time I saw my mom cry during a movie- our family went to see "Steel Magnolias" and its during the scene of Shelby's funeral where Sally Fields loses it in front of the other magnolias by the casket in the cemetery -- I distinctly remember how uncomfortable I was watching it then and then I look over at my mom and big black tears were running down her face and she was sobbing loudly - I was 11 then, and I made so much fun of her at the time thinking I would never in a million years cry like that in a movie... And she looked at me and said "Don't make fun of me, it will happen to you too someday. " And she was right, so most of my favorite movies also involve shedding lots of tears:

Favorite Movies
  1.  The Notebook 
  2.  Hope Floats (when Bernice cries when her dad won't take her with him)
  3.  A Walk to Remember (sobbed for the last 45 minutes of the movie - Joey was embarrassed to be seen with me afterward. We saw this after only dating a month or so.)
  4. The Man In the Moon - First Tear Jerker  - when Danny sees Cort get run over by the tractor. I was tormented.
  5. The Proposal

  6. Sweet Home Alabama
  7.  27 Dresses - I have a huge celebrity crush on James Marsden
  8.  Father of the Bride I & II

  9.  Legally Blonde
10.  The Girl Next Door
The reason these have reached favorite status is because I still cry or get teary eyed when I watch them and they'll never get old no matter how many times I watch them.

So what do you think of my list? Do we match up? Did I miss any based on the common criteria? Any movies that you think I haven't seen that I should? If so, leave me a message below:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine Love Letter to B!

In Brendyn's class this week, they are getting ready for Valentine's Day. Each child made a special mailbox that the teacher's displayed outside the classroom on the class bulletin board. They sent home a heart-shaped piece of paper and asked Mom and Dad to write a love note to their child. Here's mind to Brendyn: 

Dear Brendyn -
Words cannot describe how much I love you! You are truly a gift from God and a huge blessing and a wonderful addition to our family. I can't believe you've only been part of our family for a year and a half. You've changed so much in such a small amount of time and it has been such a pleasure to watch you go from from a precious baby to a sweet little boy. I'm so lucky to have you as a son, and I enjoy watching you grow, learn, laugh and play everyday. Always know that you  are very special to your dad and me, and we love you so much! You have an infectious personality, laugh and smile and know that we are crazy about you! 

Hugs and Kisses,
Mom & Dad