Monday, August 3, 2009

Family Time: Jumping on the Bed Gets You Closer to God

shabby chic mannequin bust shabby chic white ivory

This weekend I visited my local antique mall and brought my camera! I have over 200 amazing photos to share with you and will be posting the best of the best this week, so do come back! (click on photos for larger view)

Mommy: (blow drying hair)
3 yr old: (jumping on mommy's bed)
Mommy: (putting on make-up)
3 yr old: I love Jesus
Mommy: You do? How come?
3 yr old: He loves me. He lives up high! (pointing to the sky)
Mommy: He does?
3 year old: Yeah, but he lives on Earth, too.
Mommy: uh-huh
3 year old: I'm going to die someday
Mommy: (silence)
3 year old: But it's okay because Jesus loves me.
Mommy: He does. I love you too!
3 year old: You're silly mommy
Mommy: (continues putting on make-up)
3 year old: (screaming contest with little brother ensues)

jesus loves children

I try not to ask leading questions so I can see where my son goes with these conversations. He really likes to talk about God and the wonders of the Earth. I hope it never stops.

boy eating scoop of ice cream

I know this letter has been around for a while, but I read it and it was a reminder that we should never underestimate our children. We should teach them that it is okay to not always agree, and to question authority at times lest something like this awful thing happens to them (video here, but don't watch if you upset easily. For a rundown sparring the details, in the video, the abused young girl says she did was she was told by the abuser because her parents taught her to never question what an adult told her to do).

dumb stupid teacher

Some day our precious little ones will grow up and may possibly rebel or go through other hardships and make our hearts ache, but that doesn't mean we can't open up our arms to them in those rough times. We have to remember, that if we do our part, they have to be trusted to eventually make their own decisions. I believe, that at a young age, a child can be led by the Spirit, as they are closer to the veil than we are. But as we age and we harden and the world bears down upon our children, we as parents and adults in general have to help guide our young. As the Prophet Joseph Smith once said, “I teach them {the children} correct principles, and they govern themselves." I love this talk, "Teaching Children to Govern Themselves" on the subject.

dad and baby boy eating ice cream

That has always been my goal, and just as long as my children know that I love them and want what is best for them, everything will be alright in the end if we keep our family strong. What is your goal when fostering your children up in this world?

Look at all of these Mormon related coloring pages and these non-denominational Christian pages I found for little ones. Great to keep them occupied in church instead of coloring in a Disney or dinosaur book!


Avian | said...

oh sweetie... that little conversation totally made me tear up a little bit!! So sweet!!

Looking forward to your antique store finds!!

paperhill said...

beautiful thoughts, thank you for sharing them.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Nothing more precious or pure than watching our little people learn to understand Jesus. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see more of that antique mall!

Curtis Collectables :) said...

Kids really do say the darndest things.

Tamstyles said...

Beautiful blog. Thanks for stopping by mine. Let me know if you get a pouf.

Mrs. D Lightful said...

My 3 year old LOVES that program and coloring online! Her favorite one is the one with the missionaries!

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