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Listen To The Little People

1069222_10151493370457256_1039752484_nToday I have been busy trying to conquer my laundry mountain and my little shadow Judah (4),  has been singing all morning while following me around the house.  The song on his heart today may sound familiar.  It goes like this,  “A sunbean – a sunbean – Jesus wants me for a sunbean – A sunbean – a sunbean – I’ll be a sunbean for Hiiiiim“.  I finally asked him “What IS a sunbean”?  He explained that “It is a bean that grows up into a sun”. “And this is what Jesus wants you to be?” I asked. He promptly replied  “Yes, you know like… (singing) A seed goes in the ground – and soon you will see – that I begin to grow – and do the word of God …“.

It’s amazing the information that you can acquire by paying attention to the little ones who live with you.  We as adults get so busy that we often tune out their chatter while we concentrate on more “important” tasks.  The constant drone of little voices fades into the background of our daily lives and we often miss little snippets of childish wisdom.  I try to pause every chance I get and just listen to what is actually being said by these little people and sometimes their conversations are just awesome. Sometimes you can see reflections of yourself as a child. Sometimes you hear things that upset you.  Sometimes you get a good laugh.  Sometimes you learn a little lesson.  But one thing is certain…

it is ALWAYS entertaining.

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Dirt Is Awesome!

 I can distinctly remember the cool, squishy feeling of mud oozing between my toes and the glee that soon followed when I realized that my Mom knew I  was outside playing in the rain and she wasn’t going to get me in trouble.  I was always frustrated that my brother did not share the same enthusiasm for all things filthy.  He would make a feeble effort to play along but in no time he would be crying for Mom to help him wash the goo off his hands. Well not me!  I enjoyed every nasty minute of it. 526483_10152753964545377_1388733928_n

So why bring this up now?  Well because now I am the Mom and it would appear that I have passed on my love of dirt to all four of my children.  They cannot walk from the house to the car without finding a puddle of mud or a pile of dust to drag their feet through.  They come in the house every evening absolutely filthy from head to toe.547387_10152753951045377_1939556000_nIt can be overwhelming at bath time when I am trying to clean four nasty kids and prepare dinner at the same time and then I find that all the clean towels are still in the washing machine.  It’s chaos… every night.  We scrub, wash, rinse, dunk and dry and then as soon as the sun comes up, back to the dirt they go!602702_10152688940060377_613320237_n

Just about the time my frustration reaches its peak I get a whiff of that sweet Oklahoma soil and it all comes flooding back.

You see, I still like to play in the dirt.  I just find a more “mature” way of going about it now.  These days I call it “gardening” and I pretend that it is an absolute necessity and a smart thing to do for my family.

Sometimes I have to wonder if it is really just an excuse to get my hands dirty and sink my toes in the mud…

 

 

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