Monday, July 8, 2013

Strawberries, Smiles, and Snuggles




My Sweet Strawberry Blond Baby Boy.
Born almost exactly two years after my Blondie Blond Baby Girl.
This picture shows the touches and smiles and giggles of two best friends who love to snuggle.

And if you look closely, you can see that Sunshine is not just patting Jammer's head.  She is not just lovingly making sure everyone knows that he is hers.  Although she did often do that as well, but on this particular occasion, she was looking for something.

"Mama, where are they?"

"Where are what, Sweetie?"

"Where are the strawberries?"

"The what?"

"The strawberries. Everyone says he has strawberries in his hair."

And so I learned the value of words to a little child.  How they listen to everything you say.  They take it in even when you do not think they are listening and they let it steep.  May God remind me of that and may my words be like honey to my children and to those around me.  May they be sweet strawberry honey to the hearts of others.


I am linking up with a dear community that desires to go deep.  To share with each other, to encourage each other.  And to let everyone else know that behind the scenes may not always be pretty, but God is working there just the same! Check out other wonderful photos here.

15 comments:

April said...

Oh Angie, how sweet!!! Love this so much. If only my 3 year old talked of strawberries in hair... instead we have to repeatedly remind him that "poop" is not an acceptable discussion at the dinner table (or many other locations for that matter). But they seem to pick up on the strangest things when we talk to them, don't they? Since my son has a new-found fascination with excrement, I thought I'd explain to him what it really is by explaining how our body throws away the part of food it can't eat, just like we throw away the peel to our banana. He of course retells that lesson to people as our body eats bananas and throws away the peel as poop. Good times :) Your kiddos are just precious :) (And sorry for all the poo talk in my comment - it's neverending in our house unfortunately).

JenKehl.com said...

Such a beautiful post, and as they got older such an important reminder to check ourselves. I was listening to a sermon tonight where the pastor said, how you feel about God is in everything you say. From your tone of voice to your word choices. Such a timely post, thank you!

AGirlOntheDoorstep said...

This post is lovely!

Angie said...

April~

I am laughing and cannot wait to share the banana analogy with my kiddos in the morning! And no worries on the poop talk. My 8 year old was making up new lines to the diarrhea song and...(sheepish grin inserted here) I was teaching him some new ones. It really was a great way to connect with him! :)

Angie said...

Jen~

Wow! What a great reminder on what you say as well as the importance of how you say it. My kids will say, "Why are you using that squeaky voice, Mommy?" when I do not want to yell, but am trying to say, "Let's hurry, okay?" EPIC BUST!

Angie said...

A GirlOnTheDoorstep ~

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!

Sarah Knepper said...

Kids are amazing little sponges. Great post! Visiting from Behind the Scenes.

Alana Taylor said...

This is too cute! Kids really do take things so literally. ;)

Stopping by from Behind the Scenes...

Mel said...

Oh, I LOVE this! Kids say the best things...thinking you'll hang on to that one forever! Too sweet. :) Happy Tuesday, friend!

Tonya Salomons said...

Oh I love this. Kids are so adorable and have literal abandon that we forget as we get older. There are days when I wish I was looking for strawberries in the hair of a sweet toddler...

Natalie the Singingfool said...

This is so lovely! Sometimes children have the most profoundly simple observations.

Considerer said...

Ahhh very cool. If I instagrammed or Pintrested, I'd even join in. That sounds like an awesome hop :)

Crystal Stine said...

oh so sweet! what a fun memory :)

Cathy said...

Kids say the sweetest things! I love how you pause and capture these MOMents...in your heart and in words and pictures!

Eva @ Snappee Turtle said...

This is adorable!! Little ones take things so literal and I often forget that with my toddler! So sweet!!

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