Thursday, February 26, 2009

Speaking Their Love Language

Thanks to the MOMYS, I have been paying closer attention to what love language each of my children "speak".

I have to admit, I've never been very big on the 5 love languages. In fact, I don't even really know what my love language is nor do I really's just not something I examine very closely.

But when it comes to my kids, I've found it SO much easier to connect with them when I'm "speaking" their love language.

For example, T-Man's primary love language is quality time. Once I really thought about his most common requests, it was just so apparent to me that quality time is what is MOST important to him in his relationships.

For those of you who have come to our home, you've probably heard T-Man tell Ryan and I "we need some time"...which means, "please leave so I can have [MooMaw] to myself". His most common questions are "Will you sit with me for a little talk?", "Will you come play ______ with me?", "Can I go to the store with you--just you and I?" and lately "Can we have a date night?"

So now that I'm aware of how he gives/receives love, it's much easier to take time out of my day in order to love on him! To be honest, before discovering all this, it was hard for me to be "side-tracked" from my daily To-Do List. But know that I take time to see things through T-Man's eyes, I know it's more to him that just a talk, just a game, just a's LOVE to him!

As for Boo, I'm still trying to figure out what his love language might be. My closest guess right now is giving/receiving gifts. It doesn't take a whole lot to make him a very happy boy...a surprise pizza for dinner, giving him a turn on the coveted guitar, a dum-dum sucker from the farm store, a new sippy cup, or just any new addition to his life and he's happy for days!

So when T-Man and I take our date night soon, I'll be sure to pick Boo up a little present to let him know I was thinking about him too!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

We're in the business of making Men!

The city asked to take down a tree in our front yard (because of interference with power lines), so after I struck a deal with them--that we could keep the tree to use for firewood (they usually don't do this)--we gladly accepted the offer!

We rely on wood in the winter because we heat our house with a wood-burning stove, so this was such a blessing!

So after Ryan got home from work, he suited up for tree-cutting! And before I could even find T-Man to tell him Daddy needed help, I saw T-Man already in the front yard, suited up and carrying logs to his wagon.

Ryan cut...

And T-Man hauled...

We've been teaching T-Manabout hard work, perseverance and the responsibility of being a man, husband and dad.

So when he was getting tired of hauling the logs, he came to the front door and said...

T: "Momma, I'm getting a little tired."
G: "Yeah, you sure are working hard. Do you want to take a rest?"
T: "No, my Daddy needs me. But will you get me a drink?"
G: "Sure and you know what else girls do for men when their working hard?...They cook them a big dinner, so that's what I'm doing for you and Daddy!"
T: "OOOoooohhh...Spaghetti?!?!"
G: "Sure! Spaghetti it is!"
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