Monthly Archives: February 2014

Stéfan helps with a prayer

Stéfan came around to help with a project and at prayer time Grace rushed off with her paper and pen to ask him to help her write down her prayers

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Pottering around with sis

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Washing Andrew & Tracy

Eli has been enjoying playing with Andrew, Donné’s doll from when she was young. Grace washed Tracy (her bath doll) while Eli had some fun washing Andrew.

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The prayer box

One of our friends gave us a book, “The Pepperoni Parade and the Power of Prayer” and at the end of the book there is a page about making a walkie-talkie prayer box. You can write down your prayers and put them in the box and then come back to look which ones have been answered.

Grace and I made a prayer box last weekend. Just a little covered posting box that she can post her prayers into and open up to have a look at them. It is now on her windowsill next to her fairy house and the Jake & the Neverland Pirates team treasure chest we made this last weekend.

Grace and I pray just before we say goodnight, and for a long time I’ve been asking her, “What would you like to say thank you for?” and “Is there anything that you would like to pray about?” Normally she would just say, “No, nothing,” and I’d pray.

Now every night she says, “Can we write a prayer?” and she dictates and I write down her prayers. The kind of things that she prays about are,

  • Please help me to be a better friend
  • Please help mommy’s headache feel better
  • Please help Eli to stop pulling the stickers off my wall
  • Please help me to take care of my toys nicely

It is interesting that she mostly has the, “Please help…” format to her prayers, because we have mostly prayed prayed, “Thank you for…” prayers.

And so the list goes on. Every night I get to find out what is on Grace’s mind through her prayers, and she is now excited to come up with and write down new prayers everyday.

No training wheels

Yesterday we decided it was time to take Grace’s training wheels off. She was excited and we went and spent some time going up and down the road with me mostly holding her seat as she rode along. I would let go for a few seconds, but she was definitely wanting me to hold on.

Last night at bed time she prays, “Father God, please help me to ride my bike better,” and this morning she asked if we could go for a ride again and I said we could at the end of the day.

So after supper, off we go, and here is her riding on day two without training wheels…

After a few times of riding and letting her go for a short while, she just totally got it and rode like it was the most natural thing. She needs a bit of help to get going, but once she is on her way she seems to be pretty much fine. I was pretty surprised, because I thought she was going to struggle to stay balanced and to peddle at the same time. The time she spent on the balance bike clearly paid off…along with an answered prayer.

Aunty Kez came a-visiting

Aunty Keren and Nick came over for lunch today. Last night I told Grace they were coming just before bed time and she says, “I’m so excited, I can’t go to sleep!” Then the whole of this morning she kept asking, “When is Aunty Keren coming? I hope it’s soon.” And when she left? “But I still want to play with Keren!”

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Out on a raft

We were up and out early this morning, on our way to Muizenberg beach to join the Parker’s for Asher’s birthday. Grace and I had some fun swimming in the sea, but the wind drove the party back indoors to the Parker’s home, where Grace got to have some fun on the raft that Caleb and Mike built.

She was loving it, “rowing out to sea,” and just having fun on the boat.

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