The night before last I gave our dog, Hoss, three treats. I felt bad that he had been outside all day, but mostly I was just glad I didn't have to change his diapers, feed him, or rock him to sleep.
Despite what these photos suggest, I am not good at putting my children to sleep early in their life. Corinne is proving to be especially difficult. Clark, however, is a genius at it. He has that special touch, I guess.
Early this morning, around 2 am, when I was trying to suction the huge booger out of Corinne's nose so she could breath and therefore sleep, I heard Andrew in his room. I went to his door and leaned in close so I could hear what he was doing. He was singing, "Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow, back to my home, I dare not go..." He sang it twice and then I swear he said, "Keep singing everybody" to his two bunnies and teddy bear that were in his bed. But no one kept singing, so I guess they all went back to sleep.
Before I went to bed last night, I read a sermon from John Piper about what submission is for a wife and how it works in a marriage. The key points to me were that I am to hope in God, be fearless b/c of this hope in the future He gives me, and adorn myself internally with a quiet and gentle spirit instead of focusing on adorning myself externally. He preaches out of 1 Peter 3:1-7, and sums it up much better than I can:
"Unshakeable hope in God. Courage and fearlessness
in the face of any future. Quiet tranquility of soul.
Humble submission to her husband's leadership."
"Submission is the divine calling of a wife to honor
and affirm her husband's leadership and help carry
it through according to her gifts."
While John Piper mostly gives me tired head, I was really encouraged by this sermon. Most people don't like or agree with the biblical roles of husband and wife, but Piper says it is both covenant keeping and a portraying for the world what the relationship between Christ and Church is to be.
So I have to confess my distrust in God last Friday night when Andrew, Corinne, and I were in the hallway while sirens were going off in Irving due to bad weather. I was definitely not fearless... but I've been encouraged by my role as a wife. And I like that word...
PS: check out Andrew on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIYZhabSFiw