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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Jelly Beans

Lucy: Mom, do we HAVE to go to church today?
Me: Yes, of all the days to go to church, we should go today.  It's Easter, the highest Holy Day we have as Christians.  Do you know what we're celebrating?
Lucy: That God died?
Me: No.  That God died and is alive!  Our God is alive!
Lucy: Soooo ... where do the jellybeans come in?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Not everything runs on batteries

We lit a candle in the kitchen today for the first time in recent memory.  After a few hours it started to burn a smaller flame.

Lucy:  "Mom!  The candle is running out of batteries!"

Friday, October 30, 2015

Still going strong

On Halloween play dates ...
Me: Lucy, you should probably wear a sweater over that costume. It's a little bit chilly outside.
Lucy:  Mom!  I'm Princess Elsa.  Remember?  "The cold doesn't bother me anyway!"

On making kale chips ...
Lucy:  Are you putting Frederica on those?
Me: Who is Frederica?
Lucy:  Not WHO!  Frederica!  You know, the red powder.
Me:  You mean paprika?
Lucy: Yeah, Frederica!

Friday, September 18, 2015

It wasn't for lack of trying

Me:  Lucy please eat with your utensils.
Lucy:  Why?
Me:  You're not a monkey. 
Lucy:  But you never taught me to eat with these things.  What am I supposed to do with them?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Smells better

Annie has been home with diarrhea for the last 10 days.  The worst part of it is the smell.

Lucy:  I figured out how to get rid of Annie's diarrhea smell!
Me: Oh yeah?  How?
Lucy: I just covered my lips in grape lip balm and kissed her diaper a lot.  So now it smells like grapes in here.
Caleb: That sounds like the perfect recipe for you to get diarrhea.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A horrible parent

Yesterday we went to Chick-fil-A for dinner because it was on the way home from a soccer consignment sale.  On the way out Lucy was disappointed that I didn't buy her any ice cream (she had already had cookies that day) or let her play on the play place (it was almost bedtime).  A massive melt down ensued as I carried her out of the restaurant.

Lucy:  My parents never let me do ANYTHING!  All they want to do is make me eat HEALTHY food!  And GO TO BED EARLY!
Me: I know it's frustrating, but you already had a treat today, and your bus comes early tomorrow.
Lucy:  AND you have NEVER even bought me a DIAMOND!  Not even a tiny speck of a DIAMOND!

This melt-down is making me look better and better.  Go on, my dear.  In what other ways am I a horrible parent?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Today in school they taught the pledge of allegiance.  Lucy took the work sheet and crossed out the pledge.  She told the teacher, "I won't swear my allegiance to anything but God."

She is a mini-Caleb.

(This is a core Mennonite principal, but I'm afraid we'll hear repercussions about it from the school.)