Nicholas Moments (and A Bit of Shameless Self-Promotion)

Jan. 2013 006We’ve reached a wonderful day in our house, when I can sigh with relief and say, “I think we’re finally past THAT stage with Nicholas.” You know, the testing toddler stage that turns everything into a battle. Instead, we’ve passed into the goofball stage. So much so that today, Nicholas gets his very own post full of funnies. Or at least, cute-ies.

#1: in which he takes a Lego Mater, puts him on his dinner fork, and begins carrying him around the house. “It’s a forklift,” he explains.

#2 & 3: in which he’s picking up all the nuances of polite grownup interaction, such as:

“Mommy, how’s your Jazzercise?”


“Mommy how many calories do you have?”

#4: in which he comes out of preschool and starts with “Mommy, I like yoy hair. Mommy, I like yoy ears.” But then he hits the gold mine: “Mommy I like your eyeballs!” And there’s no going back.

#5: in which he comes over to check me over with the magnifying glass and concludes, “Yeah, you look a little strange.”

#6: in which he puts on a hand-knit baby cap made by my cousin when Alex was a baby and comes over to say, “Mommy, I’m the guy who shakes the trees!” (You get that, right? Maybe not. Maybe most of you have fake trees or go get them from a tree lot in the grocery store parking lot. But when you go cut down a Christmas tree from a tree farm, they shake the needles off it with a loud, gas-powered shaker.)

7: And although this can’t compare with the moments above, I have to conclude the day with this, due out in March 2013:

I think this is my favorite cover of all three of my books. I love the color. I’m a sucker for color. And although the subtitle says “Beatitudes,” that’s only the jumping-off point. This book connects the Beatitudes with things like the Ten Commandments, the fruits and gifts of the Spirit, and so on, and offers thoughts for both adults and kids–in fact, even more for the adults than for the kids–to help make these big, Sunday-morning kind of concepts connect concretely with feet-on-the-pavement real life. Because anyone who’s read more than a few of my posts knows I’m convinced that faith languishes when it is compartmentalized or not lived out in concrete action. But now I’m encroaching on what I have planned for Monday. In any case, you can read more about the book here.

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