Sunday, October 19, 2008

Connor's a Smart and Funny Kid!

Last night, we took the kids to cut and load some wood in the truck, which is not our 'family car' of choice. Three kids sit in the back row and one has to sit in the middle front seat, that happened to be Connor for this trip. He was talking his usual background noise chatter and I heard him half talk and half sing something about how we were heading north. I thought about our direction for a minute and figured out that he was right. So I took this opportunity to be an encouraging mother and said, "Wow, Connor! That's right we are heading north. How did you know that?" He just shrugged his shoulders and giggled at me....and now that I think of it Adam had a smirk on his face, too. Then he started with his talking-song again, but this time we were heading northwest in his song. In my head I'm thinking, "What? How would he know that?" Suddenly it dawned on me that our direction shows up in the corner of the truck's rear view mirror right above his head. I started laughing and tickled him saying, "You little stinker, you can see it right there!" He just laughed and laughed because he had pulled one over on me. We all couldn't stop laughing....Jeffrey included, even though he had no idea what happened. I love and cherish these moments of pure joy!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Special FHE

Our Family Nights usually end up with me feeling exasperated and like a failure....maybe I have a hard time finding the positive in my efforts! But Monday's FHE was a success!! Adam took they boys, Tanner and Connor, over to help a friend pack up their moving van. When they got home we were a little short on time...almost time for bed. I almost bagged it, but decided to ask Tanner to give a lesson on service. He accepted. He went into his room, sat down at his desk, turned on his lamp and got a pencil and some index cards out....oh he's so cute!! It warmed my heart. I then walked away to finish making dinner.

When it came time for his part, he walked up to the piano bench to sit down and asked Connor to come up and be his helper....he really didn't do anything, but was so happy that Tanner asked him to help. Tanner got his index cards ready (I saved them) and this is what they said:

Survise (Service)

  • Survis is to do something for another person

  • today me, Dad and Connor helped some people move. Is this survis? (we answered: yes)

  • mom making dinner. Is this survis? (we answered: yes!!)

  • seeing somebody get hert and you don't do anything. Is this survis? (we answered: no)

So what is survise? (we answered: to do something for another person)

This week I want you to do some survise for another person.

What a complete lesson! Even with Emma and Jeffrey's distractions (running around, not sitting still) I felt the spirit so strong. During his lesson, Adam and I exchanged serveral looks of WOW! His delivery was just so Tanner. We loved every minute of it! After, Adam and I both chuckled that his lesson was better than any of ours! We just found another person to teach FHE lessons!