Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Extended Warranty

Well here we are mid week into the third week of Luke being a Big three year old. I have mentioned several times that Luke really enjoys flying with his Daddy. He loves to watch him fly, he loves to sit in his lap and watch airplanes on the computer - let me clarify - these are remote control planes. Now Doug's planes are very large ones that have to be put together. That takes hours, an engine added, and a radio used to communicate with the on board electronics that he has spent hours installing.

So with all that said when we asked Luke what he wanted for his birthday, he said a Helicopter. Now, he already owns matchbox heli's, some big plastic heli that resembles the coast guard heli. He wanted one like his Daddy's that had a radio that he could fly! Well - we were a little taken back because there was no way that he was ready to fly a remote control helicopter. Dougie has one and he even needs practice. With Luke's birthday fast approaching, no gift and helicopter the only thing coming out of his mouth Doug went to Toys R Us and found a RC heli that has an extended warranty! For an additional 10.00 dollars he purchased the warranty and asked - is it good if a three year old damages the helicopter due to wear and tear such as crashing into things in the house? The clerk checked her records and said YES!

Well - Birthday rolls around and you should have seen the child - you would have thought he just won 10,000 dollars! He was so excited - "my helicopter, my helicopter, my helicopter" - He has crashed it several times, but in the midst of all the crashes he has learned patience and gentleness. Honestly we have returned it twice already. (It is sort of embarrassing - Doug and I take turns). But a return policy is a return policy! He has become a better pilot as of recent days and is learning to hover by himeslf. 

So I was just thinking, I am glad that God has an extended warranty on me! Each time I screw up and crash, - wether it be at home or at work -  I can go to Him for his forgiveness and be covered with His grace. And better yet, that same extended warranty applies to our loved ones! Lets show each other some grace.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our Favorite Luke Sayings

You have to remember that Luke just turned three the last day of February. These are just some of the things we say over and over to him or some of the things Luke may say over and over to us......

"Luke, stop eating the dog food"

"Get you finger out of your nose"

"You can't ride Sammy like a horse" (Sammy is the dog)

"Why Mommy" "Why Daddy" "Why, Why, Why...."

"Where's my Dougie"  "Where's my Emma"

"Do you want a Spanking"

"Where we going Mommy? - To the moon Luke - Why to the moon Mommy?"


Friday, March 5, 2010

The Golden Rule

There are two things that Doug and I are trying to teach Dougie and Emma as they are young and starting to "experience" life. 1. Not to judge a person buy how he or she looks on the outside and 2. treat others as you want to be treated. Well, this week I had the very opportunity to share with both of them just exactly what we were talking about. More importantly, Emma shared with me how she treated some one kindly when she could have been mean.

Dougie and I were having a conversation about his assistant headmaster - who is new this year. He transferred in from an area public school and made the comment that he really loved our students. Especially the fact that he didn't have to "see anymore cracks" - due to the students wearing there jeans around their bottoms. Our school does not allow that. Dougie preceeded to make the comment "I bet they can have mo-hawks too"..... I said does having a certain hair cut make you a bad person? He just shrugged his shoulders. Almost 90% of the kids at our school have the same hair cut - short on the sides and back with long swoopy bangs. I asked him "Does that make you all the same single minded boring kids because you have the same haircut?" - He said - "No" - I think he finally got the point! I hope - at least this week.

Now Emma - she is 12 and has a very tender heart. She has a couple of friends that can't seem to get along. Emma was attempting to be the peacemaker when things exploded at the lunch table. She is truely closer to one than the other - but in the heat of the moment she got up and went to sit next to the girl who she was less friends with. Emma's closer friend had been pretty ugly to this other girl and Emma realized this. She told me she wasn't picking sides - but she knew it wasn't kind and she wouldn't want to be treated that way.

Wow - That brings me to my point of all this.... it has taken me a long time to learn....but when we treat others as we want to be treated oh how sweet the world revolves. It seems that people aren't taken for granted so easily. Thank you's are verbalized and I'm sorry is not need as much.