Month: May 2013

Answered Prayer

Interesting discussion with Son No1 at tea-time today.  

Mr GG and I were talking about my visit to the hospital this afternoon and how I had prayed that I’d meet a fellow believer and have the opportunity to pray with them.

When I was making my rounds I came across a recently admitted patient that I knew.  We had a lovely chat, an opportunity to talk about all sorts of things and, before I left, we had the opportunity to pray together.  Wonderful.

Son No1 was very interested in this and asked if this was an example of God answering prayer.  I believe, without a doubt, that this was an answer to prayer and we had a lovely chat about it.  The boys often ask questions about how God speaks and how we know what He is saying.  I find it so exciting to hear their questions and always try to answer them as best I can.  We had such a good discussion this evening on what sorts of prayer God answers including why, if God answers all our prayers, He has  not turned the toy light-sabre into a real one.  Thinking their teaching isn’t complete yet!

 

Musings

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. 
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. 
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” 
― Mother Teresa

I stumbled upon this quote a few days ago and have been dwelling on it.  I spend so much time worrying what other people think that I sometimes forget ultimately things are between God & I.  Something for me to ponder as I go about my daily life.

 

Giggles!

There are times when you know that you shouldn’t laugh but you just can’t help it.  I don’t know about you but that generally happens to me at completely inappropriate times.

Take Sunday, for example … sitting in church yesterday, in a particularly quiet moment, Son No2 chose to loudly ask “Why has that man got no hair?  Why is that man’s head shiny?”.  Laughing was not the appropriate response, not at all … especially as the man in question was sitting right in front of me!  I did hush Son No2 but, really … who can blame him for starting to giggle and repeat his question when I was trying not to let tears run down my face!

Then there was the BB display on Friday night.  This time I’m not even going to number the boy … I want to maintain his anonymity 😉 … it appears that Son No? decided he’d stood in line long enough for the inspection, so snuck out of his place and casually walked along the back of the row of leaders nipping their bottoms!  Or the unidentified GG Son who decided that the talking had gone on for far too long so just lay on the floor … not subtly, oh no, sprawled out resting his head on the leg of one of the leaders!  Fortunately the leader working with him works in a school for children with Autism so she was quite happy 🙂

There are times Autism is hard work and there are other times when the frankness of my boys just makes me laugh so hard!  I would like to point out though that I don’t condone my boys walking around nipping bottoms and, fortunately, all the targeted leaders took it in good humour!  My boys may be different but they are popular with the folks who work with them 🙂

Everyday there is opportunity to laugh … if we are in the right frame of mind to see it!  Today has been one of those days … tough at times (because I’m totally over-tired) but funny too.  It’s been a grey day, no sign of the lovely sunshine we’ve experienced lately and therefore washing hanging about drying around the house.  All 3 of my boys are outdoorsy but Sons No2 and No3 in particular..  We don’t have a big garden by any means but they’re able to find lots to do! 

ImageI love the fact that the weather being inclement doesn’t dampen their enthusiasm!  They played in the garden with their umbrellas until their (much more sensible) Dad persuaded them to come in!  

This post ends on a more serious note … as parents we long for our sons to grow up knowing and loving God’s word.  It’s a fine line though isn’t it … we don’t want to put too much pressure on our sons and harden their hearts but we want them to learn and develop, as they grow, into men of God.  Both Mr GG and I are so painfully aware of what a poor example we give to our children but we are sincere.  I found it so heartwarming this evening at the tea-table that so much of the our conversation, led by the boys, was to do with things they’d read in the Bible.  There was a discussion about the names of Joseph’s brothers (I was pretty impressed at Son No1 remembering some of the more obscure names too!) and Son No2 was questioning us on why Cain’s sacrifice was not acceptable to God (tough one to answer but I spoke to him about Cain’s heart not being sincere in making the sacrifice … maybe some theologians can give me a better answer?).

 

Happy Friday :-)

Hurray … we made it to the end of the week 🙂  Only 5 weeks of school (25 school days!) till the holidays!

This has been walk to school week … we don’t really take part in it because our school is just a little too far away however I was tickled to see that Son No2 has come home with a “Walk to School” Achievement Certificate!  Well, it is a long way from the car up the school path 😉

We’ve been blessed with gloriously sunny weather this week so lots of playing outdoors and making the most of the Vitamin D boost.  People seem to smile so much more when it’s sunny.

As a last note … a wee gem from one of the boys “I love you Mum, your hair is SO cute”!  🙂  They make me smile!

Catching up!

It’s been a lovely week here – the weather has been glorious and the GG boys have had plenty of opportunities to play in the garden.  None of them are able to ride bikes yet and this is just the weather for them to learn but I’m slightly daunted at the thought of taking three out on bikes at once!  Maybe in the summer holidays we’ll have a go!

On a daily basis I’m asked lots of questions … here is a sample of some of the gems from this week:

What will we walk on in heaven?

Can I get an Xbox One?

Were people allowed to sing in Nineveh?

Would it be kind for us to get a dog to look after?

Can I get a pet lamb?

When God spoke to Samuel he talked very loudly … why can’t I hear Him?

What’s a miracle?

Can I get an Xbox One?

Why isn’t it snowing today?

Is Jesus happy when I pray?

Can I get £10 a day so I can save for an Xbox One?

Often the boys don’t wait for an answer before moving onto the next question and often, as you can see, they follow the route of perseverance wearing Mr GG and I down!  In the case of the Xbox One it WON’T WORK (saying it loudly in case any GG boys are reading this!)

A big excitement of the week was this:

ImageHaving spent my childhood unable to get anything with my name on it, I was most chuffed to find my name adorning the side of a cola bottle!  Shame it was diet … maybe a wee hint for me 😉

So that’s been the GG week so far … nothing exciting to report but it’s Thursday and the weekend is nearly here … only 26 more schooldays until the summer holidays … can’t wait!

 

Dandelions :-)

I’ve had a few days away from home staying with a very dear friend of mine and her beautiful children.  I missed my boys terribly – all four of them!  Mr GG did an admirable job holding the fort during my absence – he’s a real star.

Son No2 welcomed me home with flowers … he picked them on his way out of school today and they are the sweetest flowers I’ve ever seen.  What a thoughtful boy 🙂

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A week or so ago Son No1 came across a lego animation made by the grandson of friends of ours.  He was really taken with it and keen to try for himself … here is his first attempt (which I think is pretty good).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APLi7x4semY – he showed it to his class teacher today and she encouraged him to show it to the class, talk about how he did it and answer questions from them.  I’m so proud … and so encouraged by this positive feedback from his teacher!

It’s good to be home (but I also really enjoyed my weekend!)

 

Custard Pies

Pretty quiet day today … I had work to do so got up early to get as much done as I could before the breakfast/school run mayhem began!  

Mum had Son Nos 2 & 3 for me so I could get on with work and get packed for my wee weekend away.  She’s a star … the boys all have a great relationship with her.

Tonight Son No 2 had a bit of a flaky and started growling at me.  I decided to see how he coped with me copying his actions … it worked at treat and we ended up having an invisible custard pie fight complete with lots of giggles!  Invisible custard pies make so much less mess than mud 😉

I’ll miss my men … all four of them … looking forward to my weekend away though!

Laundry

I love being a Mum … my life has changed more than I could possibly have ever imagined in the past (nearly) ten years and I love it.  It’s not always easy to be a parent and there are times that I struggle but I love it!  My boys give me so many reasons to smile 🙂

Yesterday Son No3 was eating a jellybaby … there was one left in the bag and he insisted it was kept for him to share with his brothers when they came home from school.  How lovely! Admittedly Sons No1&2 both said “Thanks but no” at the thought of 1/3 of a jellybaby but, hey, it’s the thought that counts!

One other thing that strikes me about my children (it seems Son No2 in particular) is that they seem to fill the laundry basket with quite impressive speed!

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I don’t have the “before” picture but be assured that my boys left for school this morning looking nothing like this … one could even describe them as looking smart and presentable!  The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that No2 has his jumper on back to front … his tie is nowhere to be found!  Even the less observant will surely notice that No1 has been eating yogurt!  No1 struggles with his fine motor skills at times and it appears his yogurt got the better of him on this occasion!

Son No2 loves the garden and playing in the mud.  He’s an outdoor boy – he’s happiest in the fresh air whether it’s the garden, or the beach, or in the beautiful hills we are blessed with in Scotland.  Recently the weather has been seasonal … four seasons daily.  Just a few days ago I looked out into the garden as I prepared tea … and this was what I saw:

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ImageYes, that’s his school coat!  Eek!  Still, fore-warned is fore-armed … I set a rug out on the floor by the door so that he could stand on it while he stripped off and I carried him straight up to the shower … no risk of letting him get mud everywhere.  This time!

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Look at his face … he was so happy!  How could I be annoyed!

Today we had yet another repeat experience of “playing” in the garden.  Son No2 spent the day at home today as he’d taken a bad reaction to a change in the washing powder – he wasn’t ill but incredibly spotty!  I noticed my boy playing and clocked the fact that his hands and feet were, well, mocket!  Unfortunately I took my eye off the culprit and lost him … this follows:

“Where are you?”

“Follow the footsteps Mum, I’m in the bathroom washing”

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Wondering if the bathmat was maybe used as a towel to remove the dirt after washing???  Spare a thought  for me!  This is the state of the mat he was standing on … just imagine the state my stair carpet was in … Son No2 wasn’t exaggerating when advising I follow his footprints!

And, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world!