Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Reading Time!

Over the past couple of weeks, Emily will disappear for a few minutes and we don't hear her at all. This is what we find upon entering her room... Em intently "reading" by herself. It is hilarious because she sits on her little lamb rug and gets comfy. Then she pulls out a book, reads it for a minute or two and then pulls out another. Occassionally I hear her actually "talking" to herself as she flips the pages. We caught these pictures as we were spying on her because it seems inevitable that whatever cute thing she does, she immediately stops when she is being photographed or video.

I just keep hoping that this means she will be a lover of books and even more so of the Word of God. What a blessing it will be if she finds such solace and comfort in time with the Lord someday. For now, we'll keep encouraging her to read and and be intrigued by all the things books can teach us.

Catching her spending time in this way has been teaching me that it is not only okay to take time out each day, to be still and quiet and enjoy God's presence, but that He desires that I do this every day. Since Mother's Day, I have read 2 books and am on my 3rd and I am halfway through the Book of John. I say this not to boast, but to encourage anyone reading that God designed us to need this kind of time. It refreshes us and fuels us.

I am amazed at how a child of only 16 months can teach me so much...makes me understand why Christ loved children so dearly: "Then children were brought to Him that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.' And He laid His hands on them and went away." (Matthew 19:13-15)

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JSM said...

What's that I see? The ABC's of Canada?? :)

Karen said...

Actually...Auntie Judy, we do read that book ALOT!:)

sherry said...

Love the beautiful pictures--can't believe your haircut! Emily's curls make up for the ones you cut off!! You know I love seeing that sweet baby "reading"...can't wait to see you guys in person!! xoxo

Benji and Rebekah said...

Has she started the Harry Potter series yet? :)

Katie and Dan said...

Hey Karen,
She is precious! I love her curls :) And I cannot wait to meet her at Shannon's wedding! Ugh, I am gonna be so pregnant - and a bridesmaid! But the dresses are beautiful - even for pregnant ladies :)

Also, the poster below named "Sherry"... is that cousin Sherry in MA?? If so, email her our blog site address so I can be back in touch with her. I haven't seen her or heard from her in years so it would be good to catch up! If it isn't cousin Sherry, then disregard!

Love, Katie

Katie and Dan said...

Hey Karen,

I have something to send you guys. Will you email me your mailing address (and email address) and your mom's mailing address?? My email is: katiehbeall@yahoo.com

Love, Katie