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out of the mouths of babes . . .

tonight when i returned home from work, lily couldn’t wait to give me a big surprise that she had created for me.  she brought me upstairs and asked me to close my eyes before entering my bedroom.  when she opened the door this exchange happened . . .

lily:  surprise!  i have a surprise here in your room!!

mom:  wow!  i can’t wait to see it.  where is it?

lily:  in your boobie drawer!

mom:  um . . . my what?

lily:  your boobie drawer!  you know, right over here . . .

(she proceeds to lead me to the drawer which holds my bras . . . opening it to reveal a card laying among my under garments!)

lily:  see?  surprise!


i’m still laughing about this . . . hours later!

i love my hilariously clever daughter.



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holding out for a hero!

this morning at 6:45 am my alarm went off and this is was my train of thought

yawn . . . i’m tired . . . i could sleep for another 6 hours . . . i should get out of bed . . . i need to make lunch and breakfast for lily . . . lily . . . i hope she has a good day . . . oh crap, it’s spirit week at her school . . . what was she supposed to dress like again? . . . oh, yeah her “hero” . . . oh CRAP!  now i have to come up with another costume! . . . well i guess she can just be willy wonka or an astronaut again . . .

then i hauled my tired self out of bed and ran downstairs to get things going.

when lily came down for breakfast i reminded her that this is spirit week and that today she is to dress like her favorite hero.  take it, Bonnie Tyler!

mom:  lils, you can either be . . . willy wonka, bert (from mary poppins), mary poppins, an astronaut, or an army guy, since these are the costumes we already have.

lily:  well, i don’t really want to be any of those.

mom:  well then you don’t have to participate because i don’t have time to get another costume together!

lily:  (looking defeated)  well, what i really wanted to be is God.

leave it to my daughter to come up with the perfect hero that not only doesn’t have a costume, but one that layers on the guilt if i don’t deliver!  i didn’t want to disappoint her though, and since God really is the greatest hero of all, i quickly set my mind to figuring out what i could put together to represent Him.  i did ask lily’s input and she said that she wanted a beard . . . actually, this is what she really said . . .

lily:  mom, i want to have a brown beard.  i mean, i kind of already have a beard i think . . . it’s right here under my chin (moves her finger under her chin).  at least i think that i do . . . it could just be a scratch!

brown beard?  check.  i hope i didn’t throw out my old mascara!

anyway, within a few minutes i realized that this would be easier than i thought.  i mean, given that it’s God, and since we don’t really know what He looks like, i can pretty much throw together whatever i want!  so i grabbed a t-shirt that she had splattered  with multiple colors, my great aunt gene’s old white pool cover up, and gus’ gold pirate sash, slapped on a mascara beard . . . and voilà . . . GOD!


i love my girl.  though i admit that i sometimes struggle because she has such a strong personality and because she is so different from what society says a girl should be (all sparkles and princessed out) . . . she is a unique being and is exactly the way that He created her to be.  what an honor it is to be her mom and that He handpicked her especially for me!  while helping her get dressed i had the opportunity to talk with her about why God is her hero.  she told me that it’s because he made everything.  it sounds so simple of an answer but it is so powerful.  He did make everything!  from the world . . . to each person in it . . . every animal . . . every flower . . . etc etc etc.  He is perfection!  i think Bonnie was right,  we should all be holding out for the One true hero!


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out of the mouths of babes . . .

this week while driving lily to school . . .

mama: oooh, i like this song! (on the radio)

gus:  dance mama, dance!

(mama and gus both start “dancing”)

lily:  just don’t forget to drive too, mom!

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out of the mouths of babes . . .

this exchange happened just before bedtime tonight.


lily:  mom,  i need to ask God for a big favor.

mom:  what’s that?

lily:  i’m going to ask him to teach all of the other countries to speak our language.  because if they don’t know our language, then they don’t know God.  i mean,  they have to know our language like in Michigan and in our country.  because if not, they’re just like “blabbity blah blah blah”, and it doesn’t even make any sense!  they can’t know God if they don’t know our language!


um … i think i need to do a bit more explaining about foreign countries and mission work to sweet lil.


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“The Light I Leave”

Lily is obsessed with Mary Poppins these days.  This means we all get treated to various performances of those famous songs:  “Spoonful of Sugar,”  “Jolly Holiday,”  “Chim Chim Cheree,”  “Supercalif — ” … well, you get it.  In fact, she’s watched the movie so many times now, that we’re starting to hear renditions of the lesser-known tunes.  With that, I present you with the original version of “The Life I Lead”:

And  here’s Lily’s version (complete with subtitles):


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out of the mouths of babes . . .

a recent chat between lily and her dad . . .


dad: do you know what helping means?

lily:  yeah.  it’s like if a cheetah runs over you and then a fireman comes to help.  that’s helping.

dad:  you’re right.  that’s helping.


hilarious!  at least she’s getting the gist of it, right?

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out of the mouths of babes . . .

for a few weeks now, we have been rewarding lily for good behavior by giving her marbles with the goal being to go out for ice cream as a family.  this evening we were able to celebrate lily by going out to graeter’s (more on this later).  later, at bedtime, tom prayed over lily.  he thanked God for her and said how proud we are of her, as well as asked for protection over her.  anyway, this was her prayer that followed.

“dear Jesus,  i’m proud of myself and my family and i’m proud to be an american.  thank you for helping me win the marble race.  please protect me from the “eminites” (i.e. enemy) from the “robberts” and “mudder goffel” and people in the woods who shoot animals and make them die.  in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

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