We experience God's grace when we see Him go beyond what He has promised, to give us gifts that we could never have created, earned, or deserved. Our children are two of those gifts of grace.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Meredith tells us how it is

Meredith has become a little chatterbox! We have been trying to jot down things when she says something particularly funny or interesting, or just cute. These things are sometimes made more cute by her use of the "N" sound instead of "L" in words that start with "L" -- such as her brother's name (Nucas). It's actually just starting to fix itself, but when I wrote these down she was still doing it that way, so I'll write it that way for you. Here is a sampling of her gabbing:

She sees Lucas happy on his blanket:

"Hi Nucas! Hi Nucas Buddy! He's waking up! He's not crying! I nuv babies." (kisses him on the tummy)


She sees a picture of a girl in a book who looks apprehensive. It's not just "she's scared", it's:

"But she's a little bit too scared."


She is playing a game of hide-and-seek:

"Peekaboo! I found me!"

She is still working on pronouns and cracks us up regularly.


She sees Lucas just hanging out peacefully:

"Hi Stinkie Winkie Nucas!"

Where did she get that? I found out that a friend of ours was helping out once, and while changing Meredith's diaper she responded to Meredith's feet in her face by calling her a "stinkie winkers" -- which Meredith apparently thought would be a fun thing to call Lucas. She loves these kinds of phrases. She's also known to call herself a "silly billy willy dilly".


Meredith came along with me a few times to pick up a seminar speaker at a local airport. It turned into a meltdown everytime -- my efforts to prep her always involved saying that the person was really nice and she had nothing to worry about, but to no avail. However, the words did stick with her. At any given point, she might bring me a stuffed animal and tell me:

"He's a nice guy."


Meredith has always been good with letters. She has recognized all of them for a while, and is working on learning some of their sounds. We talk sometimes by repeating the first sound of a word before the word and asking her what it starts with. Here was Rob in conversation with her:

Meredith: "Buh-buh-buh-Book"
Rob: "What does book start with?"
Meredith: "M"
Rob: "No, B. Buh-buh-buh-B."
Meredith: "Buh-buh-buh-Baby"
Rob: "Yeah, what does baby start with?"
Meredith: "M"

Can you tell someone knows the first letter of her name? She really does get these right sometimes, I promise!


Finally, Meredith has been enjoying her children's Bible (The Jesus Storybook Bible - by far the best I've ever seen). The other day she came over to me and announced: "The Story of the Bible". I asked her what that story is. Here it is:

"Jesus died on the cross. He said 'ouch ouch!'. Then he camed alive again. He was happy."

Not bad at all. I was really encouraged that with all the different stories we've read, she knows what is central.


Hope you enjoyed the tidbits! Have a great holiday.