Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Wonder of Salvation

Oh this girl~ Bedtime is either a disaster with her or the best moment of my day!
And last night was pretty special. We were reading THIS book and we were making some connections to the characters in the story and how she is a princess because when she asked Jesus into her heart (at age 3) she became a daughter of The King of Kings. She sat up in bed and started to cry and here's how the conversation began to unfold.

McKenna: "Mommy I'm worried because I don't remember asking Jesus into my heart. What if I didn't say the right words?"

Me: "You don't have to say the perfect words, you just have to believe in your heart that Jesus is God's son and that God raised Him from the dead. And you believe that and you told God you believed that, so he wrote your name down in his book and he doesn't erase it."

McKenna: "I just want to pray again and use my words and I don't want you to help me. I want to make sure God knows I'm really serious. I don't want to have to worry about this anymore."

Me: "Remember, God's special book has your name in it so you don't have to pray again, but if you want to tell Jesus again that you believe in him, then I'm sure he would be very happy about that. He loves you so much and he wants you to know FOR SURE that you're going to Heaven one day."

And so, on November 3rd 2014 at 8:26pm, McKenna prayed the most sincere prayer. She told Jesus that she believed that He is God's son and the she believes that Jesus rose from the dead. She asked him to forgive her of her sins and prayed that his special "Holy Spirit" power would fill her heart. And when she was done, she felt so much better. Her lack of memory of the first time she prayed was causing doubt in her mind. Probably the most important thing that I told her last night was that "doubt is okay" and when you have doubts the best thing you can do is talk to mom or dad about it.

Reggie Joiner in his book Parenting Beyond Your Capacity talks about how the most important thing you can do as a parent is create a trusting relationship with your child, so that they feel comfortable sharing their fears, doubts and worries with you! We always think that our kids should be earning our trust when really we should be working hard to earn the trust of our children!

Parenting Take-Aways:
1. Create time for conversation with your kids. Whether it's bedtime, around the table or in the car. You will not know what's really going on in their hearts if you don't make time for conversation.
2. Work at building trust. You do this by not overreacting to situations. Be predictable and consistent in how you interact with your child. They won't trust you if you're mad at them one minute and want to snuggle with them the next minute.
3. Salvation is a moment and a process. This will not be the last time that McKenna wrestles with her salvation. It's a normal part of maturing. I want her to doubt and wrestle through her belief in God because that means her salvation is her own. She doesn't just believe in Jesus because I told her that's the right thing to do...she's believing in Jesus because that's what she really believes. She's developing her own faith and that is the goal!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

McKenna's Letters

"Tuesday's letter from McKenna To Mommy. I love you. Ciss. Hug. !Love! I can't wait to see you when I get off the bus. I love you."
I get these letters quite often. Such a sweet girl. So blessed to be her mom.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Community Helper Day at Preschool

This child does not like dressing up. So he wasn't too excited about dressing up for Community Helper day at school. But then I got him a flashlight to go with his outfit and all the sudden he loved it!

Will saves the day!!!

He loves preschool!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Preschool Trip

Oh my word this child was excited to go to the pumpkin patch with his preschool friends!

He loved riding in the hay wagon out to the pumpkin patch!

Hmmmm...which one should I pick! He picked up about 10 different pumpkins before deciding on one.

Man this is heavy!

He liked this "polka dot" pumpkin.

The sun was in his eyes, but look how big he is!

Then it was playtime! Slides, tunnels, mazes, bikes, etc....it kept him busy!

Running through the hay bale maze!

He was wiped out! What a fun morning!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beach Vacay Part 3

It was a cool week with some rain but we made the most of it anyway.

This girl loved the water this year!

She was crazy in the water! I'm thankful that she's brave and not scared. It makes beach time so much more fun. And she did an amazing job of looking out for Will!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beach Vacay Part 2

This year McKenna and I decided to work on a puzzle on vacation. It was McKennas first 500 piece puzzle.

We finished it in 48 hours, so I had to go to the store & buy another one. I think this will become a new vacation tradition for us.

We celebrated the kids born again birthdays at the beach. McKenna got right to work on her new devotional.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beach Vacay Part 1

This was Will's first look at the beach!

McKenna had been looking forward to this for months!

Daddy let them get wet, even though it was cold & dark. I was grocery shopping! A fun start to a great week.

Toothless Wonder

A 14 car ride to Illinois seemed like the perfect time to work on her loose teeth.
Not a baby anymore!
And he's pretty stinkin cute too.