{N.E.C.} Hello, Royalty

When I first met them, N was three, E was two, and C was 6 months. C hung around on the floor, playing with toys and giggling at silly things his sisters did. N and E were busy getting to know their new babysitter and we maybe had a bit of a rough start, since it was really right after Christmas things started full steam. I would expect that! But as we got to know each other better, these were the greatest little girls to hang out with! We had fun coloring, telling stories, singing, going to the park (even in the snow), playing in the snow, reading books and all sorts of other things.

One past time that we did almost daily, and could take several hours, was making up “‘cary zoo ‘tories”. The main characters were Trainer Nora and Trainer Eliza, daughters of King Daddy and Queen Mommy. They protected the zoo animals (and the whole kingdom of the Land of Far Far Away!) from all the evil people who came to steal, kill and destroy. A few times we used all their building blocks and toy people to make castles with kings and queens and zoos. Then they would be destroyed by the bad guy (usually the Batman) and we would start over.

1NEC1When the Queen was chosen, E held her up and said, ‘Awww. She doesn’t have a hand. It was bit off.”1NEC2

PS – please don’t judge the names! The first time I told the story, I had no idea they would be so popular…

{Advent} The Story and the Song

Lately I have been keeping busy with a job (!) and making ornaments. A friend has made a Stitch-Along to create ornaments for Advent for her daughter. I have never done Advent before, so decided to follow along! For Advent this year, I will be reading through the different readings and posting here (hopefully) every day. Most posts will be short n sweet, and will follow The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Each day I will have a quote from the book, excerpts from the Bible passages referenced, a picture of the day’s ornament and maybe some thoughts. Let Advent commence!

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Day One is an introduction of sorts, explaining how God loves us by showing us His reflection in Creation and His words found in the Bible. How we can read Story throughout the Bible. Story is very important in life – it can entertain, teach, encourage, bring hope, share joy. Story carries us in pain, anger, helps us through the messy part of life. There is no getting around Story – it happens around us even when we ignore it. (This all makes me think of Veggies Tales – “I laughed. I cried. I was moved, Bob!”)

I also think of Sound of Music with the last line of the first chapter: “Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning…” (Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…)

“The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne -everything- to rescue the one he loves.”

“O Lord, in the beginning you made the earth,
and your hands made the sky.
These things will disappear, but you will stay.
They will all wear out like old clothes.
You will fold them up like a coat,
and they will be changed like clothes.
But you never change,
and your life will never end.”

The heavens tell about the glory of God.
The skies announce what his hands have made.
Each new day tells more of the story,
and each night reveals more and more about God’s power.
You cannot hear them say anything.
They don’t make any sound we can hear.
But their message goes throughout the world.
Their teaching reaches the ends of the earth.

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Psalm 19, Hebrews 1

I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.

{Cole} Three is a Good Age to Be

Every year, on your birthday,
I think about how glad I am
that you were born,
how thankful I am
to have you in my life.
Every year is another year
filled with the special joys you bring
just by being yourself.
Every year, when you open your birthday gifts,
realize what a gift you are
to everyone who knows you,
especially me.
Happy Birthday!

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