Bible Story Breakdown

So here lately, after we finish homework books, I let Rae pick a story from her Storybook Bible. I feel like this is a good way to continuously expose her to our religion, faith, beliefs, etc. Last night would be what I’d call a bit of a doozy. She chose the story of Abraham and Isaac.

Just a little refresher for those who need it, Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. He chose to obey and sadly went through the process of preparing for sacrifice. Now before some of you get your panties in a wad, God did NOT allow the sacrifice to happen. It was a test of Abraham’s faith in Him. God stopped Abraham and saved Isaac using the opportunity to let him know that His son was coming and would be a great sacrifice to save His people.

This is how Rae reacted: “Umm, Mommy, that shouldn’t happen…God wouldn’t want that to happen…Why is Abraham doing that to his kid?” After each question I’d reply with a simple, “Just listen and see what happens”. This sufficed til the end of the story. Once she realized Isaac was safe and there was a happy ending, she said, “See? I told you God had that”.

After a few minutes of contemplation, she then says, “I just don’t get this whole dying thing”. As a parent, it took me a few seconds to recover from such a big statement. I asked what she meant by that. Her explanation was that she didn’t get why some kids and people die when they are still young. I replied with what I felt in my heart was the proper response. (Though some may not agree.)

I told her that God has a plan for everyone. He knows it before we are even born. Sometimes it takes many years for us to do that job, and sometimes it doesn’t take as long. Maybe the ones that die young have done their job assigned by God here on Earth, and he rewards them by bringing them home to Him. Yes, we miss them and our hearts hurt from it, but we have to remember that they are safe and happy.

She smiled the biggest smile, and gave me the biggest hug, and ended the conversation with “God sure does love us”. Yes He does, baby girl. He sure does.

Labor Day Weekend

As many of you know, Labor Day weekend left a break in our hearts two years ago. Rae lost her dad in an atv accident. (Helmets, caution, pay attention to your surroundings…atvs are not toys!) I have done my best to focus on the good this weekend. Let me share with you.

Saturday was an incredibly lazy day for us. PJs all day, with a little cleaning mixed in there. Rae had an accidental run-in with a bag of trash that I had set aside to take off that afternoon. She kicked it when she walked by and got a pretty nasty cut on her toe. This sparked a freak-out from her after seeing all the blood. Once she calmed down and I cleaned it up, I freaked (quietly on the inside) thinking she might need stitches. Rae proved to be stronger and calmer than me at this point. I immediately called my dad and my parents came right over to help. No stitches were needed, but it still looked bad. Saturday’s good: my kid is a champ and I can always count on my parents to come when I call. ❤️ That night Rae and I enjoyed a movie together, her choice.

Sunday was church and family day. We enjoyed an amazing sermon at our church, followed by lunch with our family. Too much food was eaten…we don’t always have time to catch up during the week, so lunch together was nice. After lunch we went to a friend’s house to make crayons. We took crayon pieces, arranged them in silicone molds, and baked them for a few minutes. Rae was very proud of her ship crayon. 😊 For supper that night, I learned to make strawberry crepes. Again, too much food was eaten. Rae went to sleep with no problem, and I enjoyed a comedy movie and quiet time.

Today we are just taking it easy and enjoying each other’s company. Later on we are going to a friend’s to socialize and possibly swim. 

I hope each of you have taken time to sit back and count your blessings. We take things and people for granted far too often, and then just like that they could be gone. Focus on the good, don’t dwell on the negative. There’s so much good in every single day.

Tough Life Lessons

Here it is, the end of August. This month has been full of ups and downs for myself and Rae. My biggest ups are Rae’s accomplishments. School: she’s gotten good colors every single day so far. That’s a big difference from last year. She’s reading books to me every day. Her chore chart is filling up with stars for daily jobs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

My greatest down has been watching Rae face disappointment and losing her fur friend, Chloe (or Miss Kitty…it depends on the day. 🙂). She celebrated her dad’s birthday yesterday. The second one since his accident. We sent up balloons with some of the family and she sang with her cousins. Then she had to wake up this morning to learn that her outside cat had been attacked by dogs. This was another big deal for her simply because it’s the cat that showed up not long after her dad’s death. This leads to my point of this post…

My five year old had to learn today that not all animals are nice and sweet. She’s never had to deal with mean or vicious animals. She couldn’t wrap her brain around why these dogs wanted to hurt her kitty. Time for her “big girl” discussion.

I explained to her that sometimes you have a bad animal that doesn’t care who or what they hurt. There’s also some people in this world like that. God didn’t make them that way (people or animals), other things in this world did. Her innocence in this situation made me feel like dirt because I couldn’t do anything to help the poor cat. In my heart and mind, hurting those dogs wouldn’t have made the situation any better. I would’ve then had to try to justify those actions to Rae. She’s watching my every move. If I can show her what difference a hint of grace and compassion can make, even in tough times, then I hope they stick with her. I don’t want her to think it’s ok to let this often cruel world shape you into a different person than who you want to be. The Golden Rule has been a recurring topic since school started (thanks K5 teacher!!). Maybe…just maybe I can help inscribe that on her heart.

*Dont get me wrong, I am a firm believer in defending yourself and taking up for others, but don’t cast the first stone. It’s not worth the long term effects. Oh, and the dog situation is being dealt with by Animal Control.