Life Around Here

As we are preparing for Easter, it’s really amazing to see how Jonas is responding to the story this year. He is, first of all, very empathetic to the suffering of Christ this year.

The facts of Good Friday are a big deal – as we drive around town or color or take a bath, Jonas will suddenly tell me, “Mom, you know Jesus was HURT. And He DIED. On the CROSS. And he was DEAD.”

At first, I was concerned that he was too focused on that part of the story, so I made sure that we always told –as Paul Harvey would have it!– the rest of the story. On our way home from church Sunday, Jonas sounded the refrain again. This time, though, instead of telling him the Easter part of the story, I started asking him a few questions.

Jonas: Mom, you know Jesus? Was hurt. And He DIED. Up on the CROSS. And He was DEAD.
Me: Mmm-hmmm. Why did he die?
Jonas: Because the soldiers, they put Him up there, on the cross and He died.
Me: Yep, but why did He have to die there?
Jonas: For the sins. For everybody’s sins.
Me: That’s right, Jesus died for our sins. What’s a sin, buddy?
Jonas: Doing something wrong.
Me: And then what happened?
Jonas: [bursting into song] UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE!

So now I think that he’s got the basic concepts down, and that in bringing it up so often he just simply wants to talk about it. There must be some detail he’s working out in his mind.

I heard someone on the radio, maybe Dr. David Jeremiah?, talk about kids who are raised in Christian homes having what he labeled “pre-conversion experiences,” where they start to understand the meaning of the cross, the basics behind salvation, maybe they even “say the prayer” at a young age – but as their knowledge and walk with the Lord develops as they grow up, they have further experiences in the journey. So I think that maybe Jonas is on the cusp of one of those kind of moments. It’s very intense for me; as a mom this is one of the most significant jobs I see before me: leading my children into a relationship with our Savior. I’m praying for wisdom and patience and the right words at the right times, and I really just have to leave it in God’s hands, I think.

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Susannah’s life is a little less complicated than her brother’s right now. 🙂 Her days seem to revolve around finding something to take apart and/or put back together… or something to climb… or something to knock over. As a result of these adventures, she will probably look like a prizefighter who went 8 rounds and lost in her Easter pictures. Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and bumps – oh, my! At the moment she’s got a goose-egg on her temple (running into the corner of the dresser), a big abrasion on her cheekbone (twisting as she came down the slide and landing on her face), a red mark on her nose (carpet burn from a race down the hall with Jonas), and some scratches on her chest of unknown origin. She’s exhausting!

She’s up to about 16 words now, with the newest ones being please, hairbow, cracker, hat, and bites. Her bedtime routine, after singing and nursing, now includes her patting my chest and telling me “Aw-duh” {all done} and then when I put her in her crib, she waves at me and says “Nigh-nigh. Bye-bye!” At least that part is easy…. she’s teething again (a molar and a canine at the same time – HORROR) so she’s waking up many times a night the last few days.

And the latest we-could-just-eat-her-she’s-so-cute move is giving kisses – to Mommy, to Daddy, to Jonas (if he’ll hold still), and to all her baby dolls. She puckers up and makes the “mwah” sound and everything. I turn into a big puddle of lovey goo every time she does it – especially when she’s kissing her “babies” and doesn’t see me watching her. Ahhhhhh! It almost makes up for The Crazy she causes the rest of the day.

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And in whole-family news, we’re going on a site visit in May! Chris has been talking with a practice in western Kentucky, and after seeing his CV and exchanging emails and a few phone calls, they are ready to interview him – and we get to interview them, too. We’ll be out there May 9-11, taking our tours (Chris will go on a tour with the surgeons to check out the practice facilities, the hospital, boring work stuff… I’ll be meeting a few of the surgeons’ wives to see one of the area churches and adjoining preschool, the downtown shopping areas, some of the local ‘sights’, the fun stuff!) and having Chris’ formal interview. Please pray with us that we’ll have a clear sense of whether this is where God is leading us for next year!

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MICHELLE NEBEL

I write uplifting women’s fiction woven with threads of faith, grace, and Southern hospitality. My blog is where I share a glimpse of my life, and I hope you’ll find the thoughts here encouraging!

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  1. Those moments when they truly understand what Jesus has done are so amazing. I agree with whoever it was you heard on the radio – kids who grow up in Christian homes have a harder time knowing when exactly they “met Jesus”. I know when I got baptized, because that was the earliest I could talk my dad into it, but I don’t remember ever NOT talking to Him as if he were my best friend. I hope my kids have that too. They will just grow yearly, daily, whatever.
    Sounds like he is talking so well also – good stuff!
    I love little girl stories. How about some pictures?!
    Keep us posted on the job search. Kentucky is actually one of the places on our wishlist. (Ft Campbell) Blessings!

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