Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Best Thing We've Done All Summer


Every morning, the two biggest kids come down at 7 on-the-dot and kiss our cheeks. Sometimes Ruby pets my hair. Then they stomp out (why can't kids just walk?) and play with Legos and Polly Pockets for the next half hour or so, while Siley snoozes and I contemplate getting on with my day.


Once both of my eyes are mostly open, I call them back in and we read.

This is a new thing for us. It's been a couple of weeks, but I'm addicted.


One of them opens in prayer and one of them closes. They usually argue about it a little.

In between prayers, I read just one little section. 5 or 6 verses. I read it as-is, except for when I come to something like "You Adulterers!" Because Calvin would totally ask.

Right now, we're in James.

I love hearing their take on words they've never heard and the overall themes.


It gives us something to focus on for the day. It kind of sets the tone. There are days that it just doesn't happen, but when it does, it's the best part of the day. The sleepy eyes and bed-head. The light so low in the room that if Calvin shifts around too much (he always does) the shadows he casts make it difficult to read. We haven't ramped up too much for the day yet. Our hearts are still a little quiet. (As is the house, since Silas is still asleep.)


Today we read, "For the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy." Mercy they knew, tenderness, not so much. ???

Later in the day I spoke on the phone to Pastor Tom from church. When I hung up, Calvin chimed in from the back seat, "Pastor Tom is always happy. And full of tenderness."


Man, I love these kids. I love learning with them.

53 comments:

  1. tenderness is a great word for the day. love your pictures and your quiet, ease into the start.

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  2. What a great word to describe Tom and a great way for Calvin to use his new word. :) You are a wonderful momma to start their day this way.

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  3. This is awesome! Can't wait 'til Lucy and I can do that together. :-)

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  4. I love this in so many ways! This is the kind of mothering that will have an eternal impact.

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  5. Sooooo goooood! I'm totally stealing this.

    XOXO,
    Angie

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  6. happy to see u starting them young with Jesus!

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  7. What a great thing you're doing. You got this momma thing down pat! Hey, did I see Ruby out at the movie Cars 2 today? If not, she's got a double!

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  8. The best way to start your day! When my girls were little we always did this after supper but I like your idea much better.

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  9. If Pastor Tom doesn't follow, Shannan, please print this out and hand it to him, on Sunday. Because--if my eyes well up, and my heart feels full, at Calvin's words (and I don't even KNOW you crazy people)--Pastor Tom's in for a tremendous blessing!!!

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  10. He is so right about Pastor T! Sweet Boy that Calvin ;) Beautiful idea and I may have to borrow it in the near future! We need to connect soon - hope your warm week is going great.......xoxo

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  11. Does Calvin think I'm full of tenderness? Those are great pics Shabs. My first thought - before I realized you meant reading the Bible and all was - yes, this is the best thing they've done all summer, just cause they haven't been here yet. Aaron wants to babysit, and wants to know when Silas is coming so he can hide all the handwriting utensils.

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  12. Awesomeness. Those are some smart little darlings.
    -FringeGirl

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  13. This post made my heart sing!

    Uh Huh, that's right!

    What a smart and extremely loving and great thing to do with the kiddos.

    Favorites: You leaving out things such as "You adulterers!" and....drumroll please...

    "Pastor Tom is always happy. And full of tenderness."

    That quote from your little person is worth a million bucks!

    Thanks for making me smile!

    xoxo~

    TT

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  14. Completely inspired. Might have to try this tomorrow morning. Thank you. :)

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  15. Thats a fabulous idea!! Tucking it away in my heart for sometime later. Glad you get to enjoy that time!

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  16. That is awesome,,,kids thoughts are the best!!

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  17. Oooh - I love this. Right now we are just at the phase of Bubby saying "Amen!" at meals - usually after he has eaten half of his by the time we sit down to pray/eat.

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  18. We start our day with the Bible too. Just Dmitry and I. Monkey starts the day with sleeping in and demanding to be carried everywhere :)

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  19. Oh. So. Awesome. This post just made me smile something fierce. Love it!

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  20. I agree completely with Cal, he described Pastor Tom to a "T". He really does have some special insight into people. And River petting your hair, what can I say?? Thank you for being the best Mommy to my babies. Let me know when you start hitting the heavy words like, brood of vipers, gaits of hell, and of course, adulterers. Because I just know there will be some really great stories coming.

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  21. That warmed my heart like nothing else.
    Thank you for being that kind of Mama. Thanks for reminding me. Tomorrow I have court so I am leaving at 6. I am going to read the Bible with the kids before bed though. I want my babies to know what a tender heart is too.

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  22. I grew up listening to Charlton Heston read the bible to us two chapers a night via book on tape.
    I like your idea! Way to start off the day! With Jesus by your side!!!
    Bless You in puttin' on the armor!
    Rebecca

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  23. what sweet little moments. love times like those. and how imporatant it is to teach our kids to read the word everyday. way to go, mama :)

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  24. Miss Shannan you are living a blessed life. I love you little mama.

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  25. So absolutely precious! Sounds like those adorable kiddos have an amazing mama.

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  26. Sweet post, starting my day off with thoughts of tenderness and mercy.

    Love and hugs to all of you ~ FlowerLady

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  27. Awesome. I may have to try this instead of reading my bible while they play Polly Pockets. I used to think it was enough they saw me, but you've encouraged me to invite them in, too. thanks!

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  28. Best way to start the day! I regret not reading God's Word to my children.

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  29. ShirleyChickenLegsJuly 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Is that silly goose Ruby sleeping in winter PJs?! I am breaking a sweat just looking at the picture.

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  30. This is such a great idea. We do devotions with the kids, but it would be fun just to read the scripture and see how they interpret it.

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  31. *sigh* This made me grin. These are moments they will remember and take with them. Growing closer to you and eachother and Jesus. Sweet!

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  32. I may have some books to send you that would be great for this...not that the Bible isn't enough, but you kwim. lol :)

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  33. ah, such a perfect start to your days.

    ps okay, spill your tricks. how is it possible that my small folk are awake at the crack of 6am, and yours sleep like normal human beings?

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  34. ah...so awesome! what a great way to start the day! :) this is our new "night-time" thing. my girls get up way too early to even think about reading. :)

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  35. Thanks for sharing how you start your day! We just moved last week to a new city, and we are trying to find our groove/routine. This is just what we need to start our day :)

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  36. We do something similar at the breakfast table and having their little mouths full of food keeps them quiet long enough to read the Proverb of the day or a page from the Jesus Calling devotional book (we think the kids version is better than the adults!)

    I'm glad to see my kids aren't the only ones that wear heavy fleece pj's in the heat of summer.

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  37. how awesome that your kids are learning whether they know it or not that someone in their life is doing what the word says??!!

    yay for the pastor toms in our lives.

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  38. and yay for starting days with Jesus and his word.

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  39. They fight over who gets to pray?!? That's never a bad thing... even if it is arguing! ;)

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  40. I LOVE IT!! Wonderful idea! We do kiddie devotions (and unfortunately not everyday) but I love the thought of reading pure, raw scripture. I'm gonna do it. I'll get back with ya.

    P.S. Thinking about you and praying for you this week! You have SO many people who believe in you and I am definitely one of them! Uh oh, you're going to look at the time of this posting and realize that I am up at 2am. Got to get to bed before hubby realizes I'm up too! :-) xo

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  41. so beautiful, you reading daily with them. precious times! my dad always read...with no excerpts. he is quite the master of answering the questions about adulterers etc:) i am not looking forward to explaining any of that to elijah:)

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  42. We used to have family devotions before school every day when I was young. I remember many of the lessons today...just one of the things that helped to keep us close all these years later!

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  43. I love this! We have slacked off in this dept. this summer and I am inspired to get back at it. What a GREAT way to start the day.

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  44. I'm somewhat of a new reader but haven't said "hello" yet. So, hello. :) love your blog and had to thank you for sharing this simple, yet so meaningful idea. We homeschool and always start our day with reading the Bible and prayer...but it's generally after chores and we're in the school room. So, the past few days I've been trying out your idea of just having the kids come to my bed (where I haven't gotten up yet) and we read a few verses, pray together and sometimes read the next chapter in our read aloud book. it has been LOVELY. I just love it. so thanks again.

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  45. What a wonderful practice to be in---a beautiful way to start the day and get it off on the right foot. These are the moments that will stick in your heart forever.

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  46. We start the day with morning prayers. I really should do Bible reading too.

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