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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

He's Three

Tobias turned three last week. The morning of his birthday I spent extra time in prayer, praying over Toby, thanking God for this precious gift. We named him Tobias in part because indeed, "The LORD is good," as his name--from the Hebrew--testifies.

LORD, You are a good God and have blessed me with the privilege of mothering Toby. May He put his trust in You and devote his life to Your service. May Mr. Edwards and I faithfully obey you in disciplining and discipling Tobias. May Your grace and mercy cover him and may his heart give you praise!

Cowboy hat chocolate cake with Grandpa and Grandma


Blowing out candles
Look at all that yummy pizza!
Showing off gifts with Grandma
Toby's Grandma S. doubles as his preschool teacher and Toby is proud to call her that! Toby spends four mornings a week with Grandma (he's standing with her in the above picture) and she has taught him a lot this school year. What a blessing it is to homeschool with the loving support of grandparents! Both sets of grandparents partner in our efforts and we are so grateful. I found, to my frustration, that I wasn't getting some of the usual preschool sorts of things done with Toby because I was focused on third grade and first grade work for Hope, Sydney, and Lane. Not only that but Toby was making it difficult to accomplish school for everyone. Grandma came to the rescue.

In his preschool, Grandma has taught Toby to draw "Mr. Sunshine" and trees. They take walks down to the neighborhood lake and a nearby farm yard to see the horse and goat. She takes him on a weekly grocery shopping trip. But best of all she has taught him about Jesus. Grandma has an Evange-cube which Toby loves to talk through with her. He can tell you that he is naughty, Grandma is naughty, everyone is naughty, but that Jesus died for his sins and rose again and went to heaven. Grandma has also taught him other Bible stories. Ask Toby why the fish swallowed Jonah and he will quickly reply: "Because he ran away from God!" 

Thank you Grandma and Grandpa S., Grandma and Grandpa Edwards, Uncle Doug and Aunt Leida, and Uncle Jason and Aunt Jenny for investing in Tobias's life.

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

I am so happy for you that you have the blessing of grandparents nearby to help out with your little guy!

My Nicholas will be 3 in 2 months and he definitely makes our school days challenging. I wish I had more time in the day to give him undivided attention - I know that it would help out his behavior. Half of the things he gets into are because he is bored :)
Someday I hope to live near family so that my children can enjoy getting to know their relatives better.

What a special relationship Toby will have with his grandma!

Sharon said...

Wow! Happy 3rd Birthday Tobias! I hope you enjoy being three and all the wonderful things that come with being just that bit bigger. Were the cowboy hat and desert cakes as delicious as they looked?

Amy,
It is so precious to see you thanking your family for the efforts they have made in loving and caring for your children. What a blessing they are!

I can see how your mother's interest in teaching little ones about Jesus (I am assuming Grandma S is your mother) is bearing abundant fruit in Toby's life. The best thing I noticed in all this was that Toby actually understands the flow of events in the Bible stories. Jonah is not just a tale about something strange that happened - it tells us that God will do anything He can to get us back on track and doing what He wants us to do! It is great to see the lessons of the Bible stories being taught as well as seeing the Bible stories taught in lessons, if you know what I mean.

And please be encouraged in the way you are praying to be obedient in the twin responsibilities of disciplining and discipling. So many parents seem to forget one or the other, but the two must go hand in hand. And parents are so ideally gifted by God with the resources and opportunities to accomplish these with their children. May God bless you richly as He continues to work in your children's hearts through your mothering of them!

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

Jennifer,
I know just what you mean about Nicholas. Last September, when Toby was two-and-a-half and we were trying to do school, I was really, really struggling! My mom really did come to my rescue. It is encouraging to see that time is bringing some maturity to Tobias, however. And he thrives with the routine that we've settled into with his preschool teacher.

Sharon,
Yes, mom is doing a great job teaching Toby about Jesus! I feel a bit derelict that I was falling down on the job. I think sometimes we tend to grow with our oldest child and do things at their level and forget about sliding back to the younger ages. Maybe forget is the wrong word--it just happens especially when you are homeschooling and need to provide for their growing minds.

Thanks to both of you for your birthday wishes!

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