Monday, October 12, 2009

jude meets elmo and big bird




Jude met elmo and big bird in person this weekend. You can tell he was enamored with them both. We were at Kelsey's Dream Fall Festival. And we had a great time. You can check flickr for more shots from the day.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

first day of school


Jude was so excited to start school this week.


And he loves it. I am assisting with the class at least 1 of the 2 days he attends, and I love it too! So far we've shelled beans, made grape juice with a press, played in a little stream, feed worms, made a collage, sang lots of songs, read lots of books, played lots of games, and learned some Spanish too.


Later in the afternoon of the first day of his class, I heard him in the kitchen saying "Buenos Dias, amigo." He hasn't said anything in Spanish in school yet, but at least I know it is sinking in and being retained.




Tuesday, September 15, 2009

tractor, tractor happy all day

video

Thursday, July 30, 2009

a sweet story and song


The other day my sweet boy looked me right in the eyes and said, "You are the mommy I wanted." Then he said it again on a different occasion. And there was not a bit of manipulation involved...he was just very appreciative of some small gesture I had made. I can't even remember what it was. I'm writing this here so I can come back and read it when he is ten, or sixteen, or twenty-eight and he is less forthcoming with his affection.

And another sweet thing is a little ditty that he made up (I think...I can't find a source for it). He says, "Let me sing you a song about froggies." Froggies is really x. He substitutes all sorts of things in for x. Here is how it goes....Froggie, froggie happy all day. Froggie, froggie happy all day...." I want to get that on video. If I do, I'll be sure to share it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

jude's conversations about God

Jude has been asking me all sorts of questions lately as he is trying to sort out who, what, how God is. I wanted to share some of these because it has been really interesting…

Jude is very sentimental when you do something nice for him. Sometimes he says, “Ahh…thank you,” in the sweetest voice. Not too long ago, we were talking about how much I love to take care of him. He asked, “who else takes care of me?” I said, “OH, Daddy takes care of you too.” With a probing look he asked, “who is that other one who takes care of me?” “Oh, you mean God?” I said. “God takes care of me too, mommy,” he said.

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A couple of weeks ago at church, we had a baptism. Jude was sitting with us through the service because there wasn’t anyone in the nursery. We sit up in the balcony, and sometimes it is hard to see what is going on at the baptismal fount from where we sit. So when many of us stood up to see the baby getting baptized, Jude asked, “Is God here?” I replied, “Yes, God is definitely here.”

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Jude and I were driving down the road and Jude had his “baby” in a basket next to him. This is an imaginary baby that he started pretending to play with recently. I asked him what his baby’s name was and he told me “Ella” which was interesting to me because if Jude would have been a girl that would have been his name, but he does not have any friends named Ella nor or there any characters named Ella in the books we read. Then out of the blue, he said, “Ella knows the way to walk to God.”

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Early one morning, before I really wanted to wake up, Jude was awake. I asked him if he thanked God for this day. He said, “God is here?” with a big smile on his face. And I said, “God is everywhere.” He thought that was a very good thing.

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Yesterday, I was sensing that Jude was having some trouble with me not being around very much. I was driving him to Aunt Judy’s house, when he asked, “you are dropping me off and then you are going?” “Yes, it that okay with you.” “That will be fine,” he said very assuredly. “I love you, Jude,” I said. “I love you…I love you…I love you…” he said in the softest voice. “What?” I asked. “I LOVE YOU!” he shouted. “I’m so happy you love me, Jude, it makes my day,” I said. “Are you so happy God gave you me?” he said.

…way beyond happy;)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

jude's first self portriat


Jude is finally starting to draw so that you can recognize what he is drawing. I asked him to draw a picture of himself today, and this was his work. I love the big eyes and that arms come out of his face. And in case you are wondering the scribbling in the middle is his belly. I wonder if his is upset?!?!?!

"In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt." ~ Pablo Picasso