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.