The Littlest Ones

June 24, 2014

threekidsOur kids.  Our sweet, precious children.  They are seven, five, and two years old.  A firstborn green eyed son then two curly haired, blue eyed girls. They know “Daddy doesn’t feel well” and we’re leaving it at that for now.  It’s what is recommended by psychologists (we have consulted more than one) and it’s what right for our family where we’re at today and in the near future.  We have noticed our kids being pensive and quiet a few times this week, which rarely happens if you know our kids. We have jumped at the chance to ask them if they’re okay because we’re hypersensitive right now.

Here are the “intense” emotions our kids are wrestling with right now:

On Saturday, while heading to a birthday party, our son was tearing up in the car.  When I asked him if he wanted to talk, he said yes.  His big dilemma?  He really wanted to bring chips to his friend’s party but didn’t know what his friend’s favorite kind were.

The next day – same look.  Bracing myself for the hard questions, I sat him down again,  “What is it, Son? What’s on your mind?”  He was trying to figure out who was bigger and stronger – Mr. Thibodeau or Mr. Thomas, both of whom are friends from our church.

The most recent “incident” happened with our middle daughter.  She became very quiet on the way to preschool.  Breathing deeply and holding back tears, I ask her to share what was on her heart.  Turns out, she had decided what she wants to name her future children.  For the record, it’s Joey, Pete, Snow White, and Baby August.

These are the thoughts that keep their minds churning.  And their happiness is so, so pure.  We let them have some soda the other day (a rare treat) and our son said it was literally the best day of his life.  I could only dream for a soda to be the cure-all for my day or life!

Now we know why Jesus had a crazy soft spot for children.  Their innocence is priceless. In the book of Mark, He says,  “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  In Matthew, He says, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Think of the children in your life – your own, your family, your friends. They are watching you.  They should never, ever have to wonder if they were loved. There will be times when children will need to be given information that is difficult to process.  Until then, we’re going to figure out who is stronger – Mr. Thibodeau or Mr. Thomas.


  1. Linda Cuccia on June 24, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Probably Mr T. Lol. Children teach us so much of the Father’s love.

  2. Andrea Short on June 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

    As much as I admire Mr. Thibodeau, my money’s on Mr. Thomas.

    Love those kiddos.

  3. Daniel Sundin on June 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Tell Violet that August is taken. She’s welcome to “Baby August” though… as long as that’s his full legal name.

    • Suzanne Lertora on June 25, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Baby August has been very popular recently in our family as well! We have also had baby July and currently do lots of pretend play with baby March. 🙂

      We are praying for you all. For strength and peace for your family.

  4. Chris & Tammy Lummus on June 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

    As a mom, I have always thought that I learn more from them than they do from me. Sweet innocence…..a gift from God. Love y’all!

  5. Melody Thibodeau on June 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful. Such a gift the Lord gives you to see life through their innocent eyes 🙂

  6. Judy stanley on June 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    So dear! Your expressions of love and understanding through your little ones. God will give you strength and wisdom to weather these stormy times.

  7. Dave Gruber on June 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    We sure are praying for you guys. Asking for miracles.

  8. Marissa Orona on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I’m bias, so my money is on Mr. Thibodeau.
    Oh how, HE is taking care of you, your precious kids, and Simon! Hugs, love, and prayers…

  9. Michelle Stevens on June 25, 2014 at 6:07 am

    There is a gift of wisdom, insight and beauty in your posts. I pray the The Lord will continue to make real to your spirit His presence through the simplest of joys, experiences, and “birth control for teens” moments. I love you both so dearly, praying for God to show His power and sovereignty and trusting He will do what brings Him the most glory, even though I don’t understand it!

  10. Erin Rodriguez on June 25, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I can read your journals all day every day! And knowing your family I can picture all the expressions and body manurism’s that came along with these conversations! Your kids are AWESOME no doubt about it!

  11. Alison Werner on July 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    yea, tho’ I walk through the valley…I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me….. all through your writing your love for our dear Lord shines through. I am so in awe of your ability to write what lots of us wish we could articulate .
    You have been, are, and will be lifted up on a beam reaching all the way to heaven… which maybe isn’t as far as we may think; I really do believe that it is as close as our every encounter with with our loving, healing Abba. you are loved, Alison




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