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I think Karli had a good birthday. She came up to me after her party and said, “For the first time in my life I’m 6!”
Green River, Wyoming
The Blame Game
In sacrament meeting our bishop presented a young man who had been baptized the night before and told us that during his interview with the young man that he asked him: “Do you know what accountability means?” The young man responded: “Yes. When I am baptized my sins are mine, but before that they are my mom’s fault.”
You know your kids have been watching too many videos when they ask you to hit the pause button so they can step away during scripture study.
Where in the World is Grandma?
Last night we were packing for a trip to Las Vegas. Karyssa ran out of her room holding the kimono that her Grandma, who is serving a mission in Japan, made for her. She said: "Mommy, can I bring my kimono in case Grandma is
Minds at Work
Years ago our youngest son asked the classic question about where babies come from. I started to tell him how babies grow in mother’s bellies. When he came to the question about how the baby got into the tummy, he stopped my scientific but gentle explanation by declaring it was too gross. And then he invented the explanation, that when a mother wanted a baby, she paid a visit to the doctor and voila—a baby was growing.
Years later we were in the car riding through growing fields and this boy noticed that some of the fields had weeds and some didn’t. We talked about how some must have been sprayed with weed-controllants and some were ecological, so synthetic weed-controllants couldn’t be used. After a few minutes of silence, he shared his conclusion that if a mother had a baby without going to the doctor, the baby would be ecological. I sure would have liked to know the string of thoughts that went ahead of that conclusion!
Prayers of the Heart
For the last year or so, perhaps a third of the prayers uttered by our now 4-year-old son have included the phrase: “Thank you for the Hokey Pokey.”
Trish Manwaring is an assistant editor of Meridian Magazine.