Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kids Love

Earlier in August we got an email forward from a friend named Rose. She lived next door to us in Ladysmith when our daughter Naomi was born. We got to see Rose and one of her sons this summer -- it was great!

I'm copying the email forward on this blog because it's just so important to remember how precious children are. Let's keep loving kids, our kids and "other people's kids," no matter what. Let's make sure there is safety, care and kindness in each home so our kids will know the gift of love.

Here's what some kids said about love.
'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' (Rebecca- age 8)

'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.' (Billy - age 4)

'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.' (Karl - age 5)

'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.' (Chrissy - age 6)

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.' (Terri - age 4)

'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.' (Danny - age 7)

'Love is when you kiss all the time.. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss' (Emily - age 8 )

'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.' (Bobby - age 7)

'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,' (Nikka - age 6)

'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.' (Noelle - age 7)

'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.' (Tommy - age 6)

'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.' (Cindy - age 8)

'My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.' (Clare - age 6)

'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.' (Elaine-age 5)

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.' (Chris - age 7)

'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.' (Mary Ann - age 4)

'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.' (Lauren - age 4)

'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (Karen - age 7)

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.' (Mark - age 6)

'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.' (Jessica - age 8)

Finally - a four year old child’s elderly neighbor had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'
If there's ever a time we need love, it's now. If there are any challenges in your home, let someone know. Don't hide. On the other hand, if things at home are pretty good, but it would be good to spice up and enrich the love between husband and wife, there are a couple of weekends coming up I'd recommend.
  • This is in the Pulse newsletter that went out from our church this week:
» Two Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends will be held Oct. 16-18 in Duluth and Nov. 20-22 in Brooklyn Center, MN. Attending a Marriage Encounter Weekend will make your marriage run like new. You'll spend two nights in a hotel and enjoy five delicious meals from Friday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 5 p.m. It's great for couples who already have a good marriage and want to enrich their relationship, but it also does wonders for those marriages that have lost their luster through years of child rearing and work obligations. Please register a month in advance. For more information, contact Dick & Judy Dehnel at 952-432-3105, Pete & Phyllis McMahon at 763-561-1575 or visit
  • There are other possibilities too…
Toni and I went to “A Weekend to Remember” back about 10-15 years ago and learned a lot and grew in our relationship in ways that still matter. Click here for info about upcoming conferences in our area--page 2 of the PDF has dates and locations that aren't too far away.
If you think it would be good for you and your spouse or fiance to go to something like this, but the cost seems a bit much, let me know. We never want money to stand in the way of love.

1 comment:

  1. Out of the mouths of babes we get unfiltered truth. Unfiltered by social position, expectation of others, workplace rules, or perceived expectation of others. It's no wonder Jesus loved having the kids around him. They refresh you, they charge you, they let you see the world through their eyes, and it is a much better world than I see through my own.

    Dell and I went to a marriage encounter weekend probably 5 years into our marriage. It got us over a bump, and for the next 20 years those old note books would pop up and we would read what we wrote about each other and ourselves. We would giggle or snuggle or say, "Oh my God, did I really say that?" I don't know why, but it works. Go for it. If the cost is going to be a problem, talk to somebody. Dell's parents paid for ours. Thanks Marv and Elve.