Summer fun in the sun

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Happy Father's Day!

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Abigail - Old Testament books of the Bible

Watch Abigail recite the first 10 books of the Old Testament, then get silly, then work on the first 5 in the New Testament:

Careful with that mountain...

The conversation started when Abigail asked about a song on the radio. It had something to do with God's strength, and I explained it to Abigail. Then, we continued:

Abigail: Mom, is God strong enough even to pick up a house?

Mom: Yep, He sure is.

Abigail: Wow! He's like, super strong! (she's flexing her arms at this point)

Mom: And you know what the Bible says? It says that He upholds all things by the word of His power. That means the whole wide world was made and keeps working just because God said so! He can make things and move things without even using a body. So if He wanted to move a house, He doesn't even have to use strong arms to do it - He can just speak the word and it will move!

Abigail: Whoa! (with her eyes bugging out of her head) I don't think I could do that!

Mom: Well, you know what else the Bible says? It says that by faith all things are possible, and that if we have faith, we can move mountains! So, by God's power we could tell a whole mountain to move, and it would move! Isn't that amazing?!

Abigail: That's Amazing, mom! I could never do that by myself, it would have to be God helping me.

Mom: That's right, it would have to be God.

Abigail: Yeah, 'cause otherwise I might drop that whole mountain on my toe. Ouch!

Joelle flips

Joelle learned to do backflips off Abigail's bed. A brief video demonstration:

Things I'll want to remember someday

Eliana appears to be scared of lint, dust bunnies, stray hairs, and various other tiny, innocuous objects.
If she gets a stray hair or piece of fuzz stuck to her hand, she'll hold it out and say "Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh" with an expression halfway between confusion and fear until I remove the offending speck.
Walking through the living room, if she catches sight of something blowing across the wood floors she'll freeze in place. (Yes, we have various bits of dust and lint floating across our living room floor often enough for this to behavior to be observed as a consistent, regular response. Let's not delve into the implications upon my housekeeping in that regard, ok?) She'll point and cry "Buh, buh, buh!" (I think she's trying to say "Bug") and she seems petrified to move, unless the fuzzy comes closer to her, in which case she'll scurry away with big eyes and come grab my leg.

Abigail is learning her books of the Bible. She knows Genesis - Deuteronomy, and is starting to get Joshua - 2 Samuel. She is working on the Gospels, too, but forgets the order a lot. If she gets through them, she'll ask me "Mommy, what's the five-th book?.....Oh yeah, Acts!" We've gone over the Wisdom books (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) and she thought the word "Ecclesiastes" was about the most fun thing anyone could say.

Joelle learned how to say "gorilla" yesterday, and spent the next 15-20 minutes pointing at the picture book and saying it over, and over, and over.

Eliana copies Abigail singing "Jesus Loves Me"

Abigail's birthday party

Abigail is 4 years old!!!
It seems like just yesterday she was so tiny.
Here are a couple pictures and video from her birthday and our celebration the following Saturday.

I'm not sure exactly how many people were at the party, but it was insanely huge for a four-year-old =) It didn't seem like we were inviting tons of people - a few friends from preschool and my mom's group...but as you can see it was quite a crowd. I think everyone had a great time, and the kids sure enjoyed the water on the hot day!