Here’s part two of the You Ask/I’ll Answer.
Do your kids believe in Santa?
I always grew up believing in the magic of Santa. There was no harm in it but when I found at as a little girl the truth about Santa/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy [I really believed!!haha] I cried for days and asked my parents if Jesus was real too? I took it for what it was…I kept believing in Jesus and stopped believing in everything else.
Now as a parent, I think the whole Santa part is fun, but I don’t want to lie to Colt.
How do you operate the Santa issue? –Mo Breden
Rob and I never want to lie to the girls either. The way I look at it is that Santa is a story that has come to life. My girls all have such vivid imaginations, they make up most of the story by themselves. Rob and I just smile and nod our heads and let them add to the story.
As the big girls are getting older, they are starting to have these small revelations here and there. As they do, I neither encourage or discourage them. I call it self-discovery.
We DO tell them over and over again that Jesus is the most powerful, all-knowing, and He is the only one worthy of our worship. Christmas is all about Jesus. The Santa story is fun, but it is never central.
Funny you asked about the tooth fairy. Maddie, our oldest, lost a tooth last night. She has this bad habit of staying up late in her bed reading or playing her DS. When I was going to put some quarters under her pillow, I said “Maddie, the tooth Fairy has been knocking on your window and she can not come in until you go to sleep!” Her 10 yr. old eyes, which I assumed were too old for Tooth Fairy stories, got wide as saucers. So much for self-discovery! 🙂
First I wanna thank you for opening up to us like this. You’re the best. My question is– What is your favorite book or verse in the bible pertaining to spiritual discipline. And I wanna know what your favorite TV show is.– Rhoda
My two favorite TV shows are LOST and The Office. The Office is slightly raunchy sometimes, I know, but if you cut all that stuff, everything else is laugh out loud funny to me.
My favorite Bible verse pertaining to spiritual disciplines…hmm…
It would have to be Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
I love those verses in so many ways. I especially love how it says, in all your ways acknowledge Him…I take that to heart, knowing that in everything I do and say all day every day, I put Him first. I think about what Jesus would do and say, and check myself to see if I am lining up to His ways. I also love the promise that He will make my paths straight if I do these things. I can not tell you how many times in my life I have found this to be true!
What is your advice to single women looking for a future husband?–Tara
My advice would not be what you would expect. I think so many young men and women hold out for that “perfect” someone to come along and sweep them off their feet. There is so much pressure to find a Prince Charming or a Cinderella that many real-life really great people slip away unnoticed.
There are no perfect matches. I think you have to like the guy, of course, but finding “Mr. Right” might just be a little easier than most might think. Love in marriage is a lot of hard work. I think you need to ask yourself, “Could I love and serve this guy for the rest of my life?” It sounds so cliche’ , but love really is a decision.
I have been amazed at the arranged marriages I see when we visit India. They meet a while before the marriage, get married, and work it out from there. It’s not easy, but no marriage is.
e-harmony worked for my brother and sister-in-law!