[ there are many things that i would like to say to you ]

This morning was full of odd revelations.

As I was making gluten-free waffles (which sounds as appealing as sugarless cookies) for the kids for breakfast, I caught Ehren in the bathroom playing with the sink stopper. He immediately tried to hide from me that he had jammed the stopper so far in that he couldn’t get it out and the sink was on the verge of overflowing. I reminded him that he is not allowed to play with the sink, fixed the problem, and sent him on his way. Later, I found him back in the bathroom and he had jammed the stopper so far in this time that even I couldn’t get it out. When I asked why he had disobeyed me again, he immediately blurted out “You weren’t looking!” I pulled him into my lap and talked with him about how you have to obey even when nobody’s looking. Then we talked about how even though Katie doesn’t see everything, God sees everything. “Why?” Ehren asked. I struggled for a response.
“Because He’s God.”
“Why?” That one really threw me for a loop. What a simple question and yet I had more than a little trouble coming up with an answer for it. I ended up just talking about how God made us and He knows it’s best for us to obey all the time.

Later, I was playing with the castle play set with Anna, who is two years old. Naturally, she wanted to be the princess and wanted me to be the knight. She kept throwing the princess in the dungeon and looking at me expectantly to save her. After a while, she had her knight and princess dancing together singing to each other… something about “one special boy”. Then we had a dance party. And she couldn’t stop talking about “the date”. And I sat there watching her and analyzing how she thought about roles of men and women. The princess is always in distress and the knight always has to save her, even if she ends up in distress again before he’s even finished saving her from the last catastrophe. A date always includes dancing and singing to each other. And I wondered how in the world she developed these ideas at only two years old? And then I remembered watching Sleeping Beauty and the Little Mermaid with her and wondered if Disney is giving women more unrealistic expectations than I thought. And then I wondered if that’s a good or bad thing.

As I was pondering all of this, Anna snuck over to the piano and started pounding on the keys and singing: “WHOA WHOA WHOA JESUS MUFFINS!!!!”
I don’t know what a Jesus muffin is – but I bet it’s amazing.

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