Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brendan, the zoo, and dead camera batteries!

Narration to come ...

I love Brendan's hat ...

Last Tuesday evening, Brendan came over for a visit. His folks were at a work conference downtown, so we came over to my place to play for awhile. Kelly had given this little bubble-maker machine to Brendan earlier in the day and it hadn't yet been tested--so we got to try it out on my front porch.

 So typical for Brendan, this was a LONG activity. He played and played with this little machine, analyzed it through and through, and had a great time watching the bubbles go up up up, catch the air and go over the road, sometimes into the trees. We talked for a long time about their beautiful colors and sizes. Sometimes two or three bubbles would bump together and instead of bursting, they would join together and marry!
 I just love Brendan's hat, don't you?
 We played inside for awhile too. I constructed a train track of sorts. My friend, Wendy, had gotten a bin full of wooden tracks and a few trains. I added a few items (the crane, and a few key tracks) and put them together for Brendan to enjoy.

 And he most definitely did enjoy them ...

 Brendan's got tons of trains at his own house, some very fancy ones even. But he was still interested in playing with my little set anyway!

This little fellow is such a treasure ...

Childish misunderstandings

This is Kaity Jane. She is a sweetheart. She will be FOUR in just about a week. I was over at Kaity's house the other day and the boys and I were having a conversation about a movie we had seen a few weeks ago: "Angry Birds." It was an animated story, not very well written, but parts of it were very sad to me, because it mocked GOD. So the boys and I were talking about this, with Kaity cuddled up next to me on their stairway.

I was reminding the boys about how much God loves us, how He gave His life for us, and that we should never ever make fun of Him. I could see Kaity going back and forth, looking at my face, listening to my words, comparing them with the boys' ... and then she looked up into my face and said this:

"You are God, grandma."

I told her I most definitely was not God.

"But you love us, grandma!"

Ah, but Kaity--God loves you so much more than I do! Dear, dear Kaity. You are watching, aren't you? You are listening and observing all the time! Your little heart knows your grandma loves you, and so I trust that some day you will know without one single doubt that YOU ARE LOVED by the God who made you, the Christ who died for you, and I pray His love will make all the difference in your life. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Monday afternoon adventures

It seems like Mondays come around pretty quickly. There are times when I wake up on Monday morning and I wonder if I will have enough energy to entertain Kaity for 4-5 hours in the afternoon. Sometimes I worry that we will not have a good time together. So I pray! I ask God to help me be a loving grandma to this little granddaughter. He always comes through for us too!
The sky was overcast and there was an occasional sprinkle in the air ... Kaity really really wanted to go to a playground. So we thought we would just take a chance, no matter what. We went over to Grand Rapids Township Park (off the Beltline, near Knapp). It's a great place to play. 
 Kaity is a very physical child. She loves to climb and run and play. There were tons of children at the park yesterday too. Below are Katy and Cora twirling themselves and becoming friends.

 Kaity really comes alive outside. It is a wonderful sight. She loves everything about a playground. She loved this motorcycle. 
 I think the merry-go-round was the biggest hit of the afternoon though. Several little girls gathered around and became fast friends. We met Iris and ... her sister (I can't remember her name!), and another girl Anna ... and there was Louis and Justin and a bunch of kids. Kaity was in her glory.
 Much of the time I was the spinner for all of the kids. But they did very well keeping this merry-go-round going without me (thankfully). We also played many games of Hide-n-seek. I was the counter and the seeker every time. It was such a riot to see where these little ones would chose to hide.
 After two hours at the playground, we drove back to my place. We blew bubbles together for quite awhile ...

 Kaity did a little more climbing on my porch railing ....
 We introduced our finger-puppet worm to the little green worm we found on my porch railing ...

 Kaity jumped rope for awhile ...

 She even helped me cut my lawn! She thought this powerless lawn motor was the greatest. ALL of the kids love this lawn mower--I think it is because they can DO IT THEMSELVES and there is no nasty motor noise to frighten them.

Paco the Pig even got into the action yesterday. Kaity was pretty determined to teach Paco how to play the flute! Look at her--isn't she a scream?

Teenaged girls!

Friday night I had two overnight guests! Emma came over and she invited her friend, Kayla too. Two teenaged girls at my house for the night! Yes! I was so glad they could come.
 It was very interesting for me to observe these two and enter into their world a little bit. I remember very well being almost fourteen myself. They latched on to my laptop computer and that was the last I saw of it all night! They got music going and they were singing and dancing and playing favorites!
 We baked some cupcakes to enjoy too! Plus, we had our Bible time just like we always do. This week we learned about the official who traveled to Cana (from Capernaum) to ask Jesus to heal his little boy who was dying. Kayla and Emma painted some pictures during the story. Kayla knows Jesus! She came to faith in Christ a few years ago at her church. I was so happy to know she is a Christian. We had a very nice Bible time together.
I went to bed at about 10:30 and I have no idea how late these two stayed up. But I let them sleep in until about 9:00 before I got breakfast going. We hung out here all Saturday morning just enjoying each other, playing games and talking. I'm telling you, it's a wonderful thing to be a grandma!