Being Sheep

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep."John 10:14-15

Friday, December 7, 2012

More Conversations


Sometimes conversations with Nathan take a very unexpected turn.



"Nathan, Christmas is coming!"

"It is?!"

"Yes! And do you know what we celebrate on Christmas? We celebrate that Jesus was born! Come, look over here--it's baby Jesus! This is Jesus' mommy. She took good care of him. She loved him so much! She cuddled him and fed him milk, and kept him clean and warm."

"I don't like that lady. She's bad. I don't like her." 


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He cuddled in my lap after a long rage, he gazed into my eyes and smiled as I sang:

You are my sunshine
My little sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are gray

You'll never know, dear
How much I love you

Please don't take
My sunshine away


And afterward he said, "Someone is going to take my mommy away."



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Converstions

About a month ago, I showed Nathan the scrapbook I made for him of all the pictures we have before his adoption and of our trip to Ethiopia. When he saw the pictures of his crib at the orphanage, he got very upset and said, "I was sad in that crib. I yelled and yelled for you, but you were lost."


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Last night Nathan was cuddling in my lap after being quite upset about something and I started telling him "his story".

"Once upon a time there was a mommy and a daddy and an Alex and a David. One day they looked around their house and said, 'Oh no! No one sleeps in this room!' and 'Oh no! No one sits at this spot at the table!' They knew that someone was missing!" 

The story of course ends with the mommy and the daddy getting on a great big airplane and flying all the way to Ethiopia, where they find their baby Nathan!

After the story he was still smiling and then asked, "Where was Alex when he was a baby?"

"Well, he was here in (our state)."

"And where was David?"

"Well, he was here too."

Alex then mentioned that he was in my tummy before he was born, and Nathan of course wanted to know whose tummy David was in, and whose tummy he was in.

After discussing all this he went off to play. On his way out of the room he turned and said, "I was very mad when I was a baby."

"Why were you mad, buddy?"

"Because I was missing you."


Oh, my sweet boy. He's having so many deep thoughts, and starting to be able to label his feelings and just beginning to understand why he's feeling some of what he's feeling. Baby steps.