As N & M are playing with their action figures, I overhear, “Quick! We’re late!” Arg. Only this morning, right in the middle of his swimming lesson, M flexes his arm, points to his biceps and with a very satisfied look on his face says, “Look Mum”. Arg. Our everyday and seemingly mundane interactions and conversations do have their implications. Our habits, bits and pieces of our character form their imprints on our children. Sometimes, when I see my character traits forming on my children, I want to run and hide in a galaxy far, far away. Other times are a more pleasant affair.

One afternoon, we had some lovely guests over for lunch. While Hubby and I were cleaning up after the meal, our guests were playing with our kids; (I really enjoy having these type of guests over, even more so than our kids if that were possible). I returned to find that little E had built his own real lego person! It tickled my creative bone to no end.

Lego/Duplo blocks
A willing person to be the model

How We Played

 Stack duplo blocks onto your model.
Miss Cookie was kind enough to be E’s model.
E built Miss Cookie some pretty cool toes.

E also managed to stick an eye on.

 How’s this for a caption for the above:
“My, what a big eye you have Miss Cookie! Now use it to look at the huge toes I built you.”

Our habits, bits and pieces of our character form their imprints on our children. Some traits, like E’s budding creativity, amuse. Other traits are humbling. The trait that matters most is the state of our heart towards God, our creator and maker. Left on our own, our hearts are as stone towards God. We would not choose him. However, God has not abandoned us. In Christ, He loves us. In Christ, He justifies us. In Christ, He redeems us. In Christ, He restores us.

“..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus..”
(Romans 3:23-24 ESV)

What a sigh of relief I can breathe, for me, and my children.

E: 1 year, 11 months

Lessons Learnt Journal
May 2012
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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.

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