Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Green Monster of Envy.

Yes, that infamous monster seems to rise up in Aidan on a semi-regular basis. When David climbs up to cuddle with me in the chair, Aidan gets this look in his eyes and tries to be the first one there to at least claim what he sees to be the prime location (it is worse today since David was home from school sick...again...and Aidan is used to having me all to himself during the day). But it even rose to an uglier head early this evening when David got his new Batman Leapster game with the Wal*Mart gift card he was given for his birthday.

Aidan was content listening to The Best of We Sing with the headphones until I grabbed the Leapster off the floor of the car to put the new game in it for David to play on the way home. Then, when he saw that I was giving the Leapster to David, he ripped off the headphones and threw them on the floor because HE wanted to play with the Leapster then and didn't want David to. Then you could see him jealously eyeing his brother and the Leapster from his seat in the car. I was quietly whispering to Rob that David was helping me to decide what Nana was going to get Aidan for his birthday (he had to help me decide on the color), so Rob asks Aidan:

"Aidan, what's your favorite color?"

"Batman" was Aidan's reply.

"Batman?" Rob and I reply (meanwhile trying to hold back our laughter).

"No, really buddy, what's your favorite color?" Rob says.

"I not telling you" Aidan says through clenched teeth, his bad attitude more than shining through his tone of voice.

Yeah...that's one ugly monster that we are hoping and praying will go away.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Deep Thoughts from 'D'

Last night, we drove down to Barnes and Noble to pick up a couple of books for me to read since I haven't been feeling all that great and have just wanted to curl up in bed with a good book (and snuggled next to one of my boys who have both been feeling under-the-weather). The sunset yesterday was breathtaking with various hues of gold, orange and red permeating the darkening blue sky. Then, David was looking out the window himself and randomly says:

"The sunset makes me feel so close to God. I feel like his arms are wrapped around me and it makes me love Him SO much!"

I was the only one who heard him make this comment and asked Rob (with tears starting to glisten in my eyes and a gladness in my heart) if he heard our almost 6-year-old's comment. He had been listening to talk radio fairly intently, so he had missed it, but David happily recounted what he had just shared and then went on to tell us about other things that made him feel close to God and loved by our Creator.

He has such deep and profound thoughts and has been amazing me with his insight and outlook on life. And, when he speaks these things from his heart or when he is making up his own songs of praise to our Father, I get this mental image of his namesake--King David and feel reassured of the promise we were given when I was pregnant with my firstborn. He's going to be a man after God's own heart.