At bedtime the other night, Vivi solemnly prayed, "Dear God, thank you for Christmas and that you sent an angel to warn Mary about baby Jesus before he just esploded out of her tummy!" It's often hard to keep a straight face during bedtime prayers. Honestly, though, it is pretty great that God gave Mary … Continue reading Christmas Meditation
Wednesday was the the big day: kindergarten. Vivienne was equal parts nerves and excitement as we talked (and talked and talked) about this big new step. What if no one likes me? What if I forget and can't write my name? What if my feet walk the wrong way and I get lost? As with most … Continue reading Interview with a Kindergartener
I've been thinking a lot lately about Vivienne's budding faith -- probably because of the steady stream of questions she's throwing at us... Little things, casually peppered into breakfast conversation or a walk to the park. Why can't I see God? When will God make me into a grown-up? How will God take care of … Continue reading The Eucharist
The very hour of Hugh's birth, Vivienne rushed into the hospital room, gazed at him with four-year-old wonder, and squealed, "When will he be baptized?!" Not what I expected! And, she didn't give it up... She nagged me to call our priest and schedule a date. "Maybe Tuesday would be good," she'd suggest. She showed … Continue reading The Joy & Wonder
Have you ever read The House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson? It’s a particularly wonderful children’s book that always lingers in my mind well past bedtime story hour...