Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Train up a child"

This is not just a cliche, it is scripture. And it may very well be one of the most used scriptures. On Tuesday night, my boys participated in their very first communion and foot washing service. Some may think they are too young and don't understand the symbolism, and that may be true, but being that they both have the Holy Ghost and have been baptized, I thought it was time for them to take part. I explained to them what would happen and the reasoning behind it. I also asked them to examine their hearts to make sure they were heaven ready. They both seemed to understand and they both expressed desire to follow through. It was all going well until Ashley realized they had something in their hand that she didn't. She asked me what it was, and I told her. Here is how the conversation went..
Ashley: "I want grape juice too!"
Me: "Well, honey you are still too young."
Ashley: "Why I too young?"
Me: "It's for after you get the Holy Ghost and get baptized"
Ashley: "I not big yet?"
Me: "No, not quite yet."
At this point Ashley is in deep thought, another child by us happens to reach for Ashley and she tells me, "I don't want her to bug me, I listening to the preacher!" she is thinking about this whole growing up thing, ok we'll see how long this lasts.
A minute later I look down and Ashley has her hands on her face and she is saying "Oh Jesus, for the Holy Ghost." I look away, I don't want my smile to discourage her.
I feel a little tap on my leg, so I look down at her and she says "Take me to the baptize now!"
She was determined to take communion!!!
Disappointed that mommy didn't let her take communion, she tried for the foot washing. As we were exiting the sanctuary, she asked "Can I get my feet cleaned?"
How could I resist? I let her get her feet cleaned! She ended up convincing three different people to do it too!


Graceful Threads said...

Too cute!

Carly said...

Aw that is so precious Kim =) Ashley is such a cutie!

Kim said...

Thank you Graceful Threads.
Carly, she is definitely entertainment, they all are as you know very well. By the way, we all miss you, we need to come over sometime. (Don't you like the way I invite myself over?)

Stacie said...

I told my mom about that story the next day after you told me, then I read your post to her today - we both got tickled. She is so precious! I truly hope that one day, when I have children, they'll be sweet and humorous like yours. :) Love ya!

James Wilder said...


I'm telling you, your kid stories are the best.

Kim said...

Stacie~ if they are anything like you, you have nothing to worry about!
James~ Thanks! :) I can only post a fraction of what goes on around here. Lets just say, who needs TV when you've got my kids? Someday I'll write a memoir of my life with them.

Jessica N. said...

That's my girl!!!!

Danielle said...

Well I am glad that my kids are not the only ones who come up with some doosies, or say and do the darnedest things. We let Jacob join in(meaning we share ours) but we explain to him what we are doing during everything and as we are doing it, he is very intent on it. He took his cracker and kept trying to eat it before it was time, Jeremy kept getting on to him, and Jacob finally said "But I very hungry Daddy" like that sliver of cracker was going to fill him up

Rachel said...

Kim, thank you for sharing your stories. They are truly uplifting.

Janell said...

Kim, a memoir is a great idea! Your kids' stories always make me laugh too-- very entertaining! =D

Kim said...

Thanks for the encouragement on the memoir, I may surprise you one day! I have many other tales that have yet to be "published"