Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Splish! Splash!

One of the simple pleasures in life has to be watching your children get enjoyment out of making a mess and then getting cleaned up. Harrison is such a great mess maker. I think he has mastered the art of making a mess.
First he starts out rather clean. He doesn't like to get anything on his hands (at first). Then, like stepping into a swimming pool on a hot summer say, he takes the plunge. He realizes that there is great fun in watching mashed potatoes, pudding, yogurt, ketchup, or any other edible substance go crashing down on the table, rug, or his body. He will play and play until he realizes that the mess is not as fun to wear as it to play in.

So it is off to the bath we go. At first he hesitates because it interferes with his evening plans of watching the Backyardigans, but as soon as you tell him to give Elmo or Mickey Mouse a bath, he is off to the tub like a horse running towards his barn. Splish! Splash! Everyone gets wet!!!! He is very particular about how he is cleaned. Stay away from the hair!As a mom, however, I have learned the art of distraction so that I can scrub him clean. It is a tough job, but someone has to do it!

One afternoon, Nana was over at our house making dinner for us. Harrison was in rare form and was needing a job. So he helped Nana make country fried steak. First he took the flour and patted it on the meat. He had so much fun. He was smiling from ear to ear and chanting, " I did it mommy! I did it!". Then, like clockwork, the mess began. The flour no longer was on the meat. It was all over him, the floor, the counter, and Nana! What fun! Then of course, he headed back to the bath, to tidy up!

Kate doesn't quite understand the logic behind a bath yet. She just enjoys being held and having the milk wiped off of her face. She coos and shivers when you touch her with a wash cloth, but like most babies, she enjoys being in her birthday suit. She and Harrison have quite a time each evening after their baths. Harrison will lay down beside her and hug her. He loves his little sister and you can tell that she already knows her big brother. It is so much fun to watch them enjoying the simple pleasure in life.

Sleeping Beauties

There has got to be no greater gift than watching children sleep. What goes through their tiny heads as the drift away in slumber? Each night when we lay Harrison down to sleep, we often spend time talking about Elmo or Zoe, pointing out the man and woman (Adam and Eve) in the Bible, or talking about how Jesus healed the blind man. Oh, how I enjoy those gentle moments. Harrison is so content just hearing the words and looking at the pictures. You can see his little mind trying to figure out what is happening in the books. As long as he has his mommy or daddy, blankie and water, he can drift off to sleep without much of a fight. Occasionally he enjoys talking to mommy and daddy too much and we have to get up and leave. For the most part though, he loves to have someone snuggle with him until he falls asleep.

Kate, on the other hand, could fall asleep anywhere and at anytime. She enjoys her beauty rest just like her mother. I love the quiet moments in the morning when she and I are just resting. I can look at her, and any troubled thought that I have for the moment is dismissed. She can just rest in my arms and feel completely safe. Oh if I only had the faith like a child to be able to fully rest in the arms of my Father. What greatness could I experience if I truly trusted in Him. The words of Jesus in Matthew 6 speak so clearly to me as I think of my children, life, and rest.

Do Not Be Anxious
25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

May the Lord teach you to rest peacefully today.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Welcome Home, Baby Kate

Welcome to my blog spot! I am so excited to be sharing some of the most exciting moments in my life with you. Things have definitely been exciting in the Saylor home. We welcomed our daughter, Kathryn Faith, into the world on March 31st. She is a beautful, healthy baby girl and is so pleasant to be around. Right now, her hobbies include sleeping, eating, and filling her diaper, with an occasional coo and smile. She loves to be talked to and is observing all of the wonderful things around her. She also loves to hear her big brother laugh.

Harrison will soon be two! He is such a great kid! Right now, his current hobbies include watching Elmo, singing the Backyardigans theme song, dancing, working on puzzles, counting, and coloring. He has an extensive vocabulary for a two year old and keeps Jeremy and I constantly wondering how this could be our child. I know that I am biased, but Harrison is the smartest and most verbal 2 year old that I have ever met. I love to hear him say, " Hold you, mommy!" which is his way of saying , "Pick me up, please."

Things are so much richer when you have children. They truly make you think about how much God loves you.