Day 78: Christmas Cookies

December 17, 2011

On Thursday, the girls and I made you Christmas sugar cookies. Although, they weren’t just Christmas cookies since the girls went a little crazy with the cookie cutters they chose–when we finished we had a mix of Christmas trees, pumpkins, mangers, Easter bunnies, candy canes, and ghosts (talk about mixed messages!). And, this time, I didn’t make the cookies from scratch (BTDT). It’s been fun doing Christmas-themed acts of love. I plan on doing more as Christmas approaches.

Lately, you’ve really verbally expressed to me your appreciation for the kindness I’ve shown you. You’ve even started calling me your new husband. But yesterday, after you thanked me for continually showing you kindess, you started grilling me. You asked me things like “What’s been going on with you?” “Did your brothers make you do this?” “Was it the pastor?” “What made you change like this?” And you wouldn’t let up. First, I got nervous. Then I froze. All I could do was shrug my shoulders. I was afraid that if I opened my mouth I would spill the beans about this blog. I’ll be surprised if this thing remains a secret until it’s finished, with your Bauer-like interrogation skills.


Day 73: Homemade Hearts

December 12, 2011

On Saturday, the girls and I each made you an ornament for the tree. For each of us, I glued two candy canes together in the shape of a heart. Then, we made bows on our candy-cane hearts out of pipe cleaners. Next, we each made a note for you and attached it to our respective bows. Finally, we put hooks on the hearts so we could hang them on the tree.

Heart Ornaments

I like involving our girls in my acts of love. For one, I’m leading them by example, teaching them the proper way to treat you. It remains a fact that whether or not I’m a good example for our children, they follow me. The same goes for you. Their idea of how to treat others is formed (in part) by the way we treat each other. In general, the kind of person a child becomes is due (in part) to the kind of lives his parents lead. In other words, a child’s home makes his heart. In light of this, may God’s grace abound in us so that we can treat each other well. May he forgive us when we fail. (I admit that I fail daily.)  Two, by involving our girls in my acts of love, they themselves practice love for others, selflessness, etc. In both of these ways, then, 365 Acts of Love has the potential to shape our kids’ hearts to be more like Christ’s heart. May God use it for that end.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)