The writing on the slate this season is a quote from our school devotional that we're using this year: The Jesus Storybook Bible (which is by far my favorite children's bible storybook). It repeats over and over that God has this "Never stopping, never giving up, always and forever love" for us. I'm thinking between now and Valentine's Day, the kids and I will work on memorizing 1 Corinthians 13: "the love chapter." We are always teaching the kids to love each other, but it's good to know how love is actually defined, and why it is so important. As I've been pondering what we should focus on in our character instruction this year, this topic came to mind. How do we love each other?
The kids do better some days than others in the loving department. Isn't that the way with all of us? It's easy to love Ingrid. We all do. Knut learned this nifty trick that when David is having a tough time sitting in church and is wiggling around and asking to get a drink of water 20 times, Knut just asks him to hold Ingrid and David turns into this gentle, quiet boy. He's so smitten over her. We all are.
Silje loves to give piggy back rides to Solveig, and Elias loves to sit and "read" books to his little sisters. There are still days when I climb the walls. I have to admit, though, that many days are getting easier, or at least parts of them are getting easier. It's like some of this work is starting to pay off. There are so many thoughts in my head right now about love and what it is, and what it means. There's not enough organization t these thoughts yet to write a good post...yet.
Our family is getting so big, both in size and number. Life is crazy these days. Crazy--busy, messy, loud, and beautiful. So beautiful.