Friday, October 17, 2014

Taking lessons from a 2 year old...on Grace

Just about 2 weeks before Lucy's 2nd birthday, we got a nice glimpse into this thing called the "terrible twos".

Our sweet and obedient toddler had decided overnight that her new favorite word was "NO", (which she says with an enormous heap of sass).  Time out became her new favorite place to hang out (we go there about 4-5 times most days), and playtime with other toddler friends turned into a gladiator-style battle of wills over what was "mine" and how many kids needed to be knocked over to get it back.

There's this whole new world of "sharing" and  "gentle hands" and time out. And it can be exhausting. In so many ways. One of our biggest problems we have run into so far is pushing. If another toddler steals her toy, or won't share, or simply is having more fun than her, she pushes them over. 

The first time I witnessed this I was literally stunned. Me and the hubs have never taught her to push. We don't have secret sessions in our house planning strategic ways to get-all-the-toys-from-others. So how do we un-teach something which we've never taught?

As parents, we have never taught her to say "mine" or to push, and it's possible she picked it up at daycare or from other children, but why has it stuck? It is a clear example to me of this thing called sin-nature we all have when we are born into this world. 

"The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other..." Galatians 5:17

So we literally have to fight this sin-nature inside of us, and our child, to choose what is good and what is right. We teach kindness, generosity, gentleness and grace, instead of selfishness, greed and hurting. 

And, the amazing thing to me, in the battle of wills I see after Lucy knocks another child over, is this beautiful thing called grace. She makes these little friends, pushes them to the ground, has a time out, a serious talk, an apology is said, and she goes back to play. By the time she is back, her little friend is ready to embrace her and play again, arms open, all transgressions forgotten and forgiven.

I, too, have my days, where I yell too quickly, or way too much. I find myself getting frustrated and losing patience, and this sweet little girl pours out grace on me. Forgives me, hugs me, and wants nothing but her mommy by her side.

And I am so thankful for that blank slate that starts back over, every time she forgives me or her little friends forgive her. I am so thankful for this thing called grace.

I've decided to rename the "terrible two's" the "grace-filled twos". Because, let's be honest, we can all use a little more grace.

"Sin spread when the Law was given. But where sin spread, God’s loving-favor spread all the more." Romans 5:20 NLV

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Pumpkin Farm

I love love pumpkins. So this year, we made two trips out to what Lucy calls the "Pumpkin Farm" (also known as Hillridge Farms.)

Here is our first trip in 2013.

The Giant Slide:

"Hey Lucy, sit on those pumpkins and pose for mommy."

"Ok now turn and look at me"


We gave up on posing and went to play in the corn.

The next weekend, we tried again. See the "cheese" face? Practice makes perfect.

The Hay jump

We are so glad my sister showed us Hillridge Farms! We love our new fall tradition.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Staying home Part Time leaves me looking for creative things to do to entertain a 2 year old all day.

Today we decided our day would be all about apples. I have been itching to make some crockpot applesauce and I wish I hadn't waited so long to try and make some! It's amazzzing.

Plus, I have this incredibly cute helper who always loves to help me cook.

She loved turning the crank of the Peel Away Peeler. I've had this for a few years, and it's great for little helpers, because it peels, cores and slices the apple. (If it's setup right! )

                                  Time for a snack...

  She was generous enough to share some peelings with the pup too.

Adding the cinnamon and sugar.

While the apples cooked, we made an Apple Tree Craft we found over at Happy Home Fairy. She loves paint! And this little project gave us an opportunity to talk about what colors the apples and the tree are. 

The finished products:

The smell in the house is incredible while this is cooking. 

Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce
4 large Fuji Apples, peeled and sliced into 1'' cubes
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar

In a crockpot add the apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Cook on LOW for 4 hours. Blend with an immersion blender in the crockpot. Cool and serve.

2 year old approved!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lucy turns two!

Our little Lucy turned two!

I couldn't help but reminisce the week of her birthday, back two years ago when we were waiting for her to be born. And how she slept on my chest the first night in the hospital and how incredibly tiny and precious she was.

At two, she is a little person now. She walks, she talks and has her very own opinions.

Two year old "STATS"
Loves: Motorcycles,  playing with friends, riding her bike, and signing songs
Doesn't Love: Being told what to do
Favorite Foods: Eggs, Applesauce, Raspberries, and popcorn
Favorite song: ABC's or Itsy Bitsy Spider

The morning of her birthday we sang happy birthday as she blew out the candles on her pancakes with sprinkles (or "sparkalies" as she called them) and honey.

We had a few people in the family over for pizza and cookie cake for dinner. She giggled hysterically when we all sang her happy birthday.

A few days later we celebrated with an Elmo Party. We had a cookout in the backyard with lots of balloons and friends to play with. My sister made the amazing cake- she captured exactly what I had imagined for her Elmo cake!

Enough pictures mom and dad, Lucy's ready to eat this thing...

And since I was busy hostessing a party and chasing a two year old around, these are all of the pictures I got...But we both partied hard and had a blast.

Lucy and her "big sister cousin" Lex