Thursday, September 13, 2012
Kaleidoscope is a local parent/teacher store that is jam-packed floor to ceiling with gadgets, books, art supplies, puzzles, toys, etc. I've been imagining a careful, thoughtful trip to Kaleidoscope with a well-researched list of age appropriate items to acquire.
Instead, I got there with 9 minutes before closing, having spent about 2 minutes brainstorming in the car en route. Poster paints and some kid-sized insect dominoes were my acquisition. Eloise won't know the difference between how I imagined and what transpired. But I will.
As a teacher and a parent I imagine I should be well-equipped to teach and raise her in a wise path. But, dirty floors, traffic, and schedules minimize my success, my self-judged success.
Thinking about this incident makes me realize two things. God is my Daddy and he is far better equipped to teach and raise me than anyone else. If I spend my time joyfully imagining Eloise learning and playing with a perfectly age-appropriate toy or learning gadget, how much more time does the Creator spend doing the same for me and you and all of his kids? What if there was a cosmic Kaleidoscope store just for God to peruse and select life circumstances and friendships and sunsets and outdoor adventures for us kids to encounter in well-timed Life School! I believe it is really something like that. He knows how to love us and teach us in exactly the right way because he knows our love languages and our learning styles.
There's a verse in the Bible that says, "I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope." And the good thing is his plans don't ever get interrupted by traffic or procrastination.
I think Eloise will enjoy her finger paints and her dominoes but I wonder what plans God has for her! I'm looking forward to finding out and being a part of them.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Since my last visit to this blog, Eloise turned 2! When asked how old she is she always answers, "Ten!" with a smile that shows she knows just how cheeky her answer is. Some accomplishments are that she graduated to a toddler bed, sleeps through the night (most nights), and jumps on the neighbor's trampoline all by herself. Currently we are in Kansas with Grandma, Grandad, Aunt, Uncle, and three cousins. Other than the over 100 degree heat, we are enjoying seeing family we haven't seen in a long time.
I'm enjoying all of the grownup sounding words Eloise is wielding..."earlier" "maybe" "yesterday" and her delightful counting, "49, 3, 2" when there's a lot of something. She frequently wants to know what people are doing and where they are going.
Along with this curiousness came our first mildly embarrassing question. Recently, we walked past a woman smoking. About two feet away from the woman, Eloise looked at her and then looked at me, "lady doing?" How do I explain smoking to a two year old? Do I tell her that it's a burning piece of paper people like to put in their mouths because it makes them feel good? No. All I said is, 'it's called smoking.' and left the subject alone. This is just the beginning of difficult questions. Hopefully, wisdom will arrive as needed.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Brian greeted us through the chain link fence next to the runway as we walked to the tiny wooden one-roomed building to get stamped in. He'd caught a ride with the immigration lady that processed his boat paperwork that morning.
We've been here one week. It feels as if we just arrived and yet we only have one week left. Yesterday was a really fun and full day. We hitched a ride to a surf break with an Australian man staying at a surf camp. The ride consisted of a car and then a local wooden boat. Approximately 25 feet long, the yellow and red canoes are all made here on the island. It's a canoe with a platform with benches across the top and an outrigger off of one side. Powered by a 40hp outboard motor, they handle chop and waves quite smoothly because of their construction. We were dropped off at the east side of the strip of land surrounding the world's largest atoll lagoon, and walked five minutes to the West side-the ocean side. Coral sand here is, white, soft and almost fluffy when dry. Eloise and I played on the beach while the guys went surfing. Brian cut his surf session short so he could have more time with us. Our time together is precious after having been apart for so long. Eloise became very agitated whenever she thought we might be taking her away from her boogey board. In fact, she didn't want to ride on in very long with daddy dragging her along the shallow waters like in the past. Instead she wanted to stand on in on the beach and wiggle around like a surfer surfing. That and collecting sea shells occupied most of our time at the beach.
We didn't get back to Nomad until 2:00. Then a batch of cookies and lunch and a little bit of clean up brought us to 5:00. time to go ashore to the Rainbow Lodge. This is the property of Simi and Sima. Jeff is staying ashore there until he flies out tomorrow. They have two tidy cottages for rent to tourists. The cottages are made almost entirely out of coconut tree products. Simi and Sima had invited us to dinner and so we arrived, took showers in Jeff's cottage and then relaxed in the shade around a table wondering what the protocol was. Soon Sima and her daughters started carrying out dishes and covered bowls of food. The table was covered. But there weren't enough chairs for all. Simi informed us that their tradition is to let the guests eat first. And then the whole family disappeared into their house, leaving us to eat by ourselves! The youngest daughter appeared at one point to play with Eloise while I kept eating.
And there are more fun times since...
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