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Will you indulge me a moment - just a moment - to brag about my boy?

(did you say yes? I think you said yes . . . )

I took Malachai to the orthodontist last week;  before we left home he slipped his English copy of Pippi Longstocking into my bag;  he likes to read during the down times in the dentist chair.  When he went in to see his dentist, he took his book with him;  he was in there for a bit and then, from the waiting room, I could hear him chuckling; he said to his dentist (in Spanish, of course)
"ha!  you have got to hear this!"
she stopped polishing his new retainer and said "awesome; let's hear it!"  (she's good that way)
So Malachai went on to translate a paragraph of Pippi's clever antics.
Boom.  just like that!  it was smooth and seamless and accurate;
and it made me glow a little.  I spent the next half hour in the waiting room with a goofy, dreamy smile on my face.

I'm proud of my boy;
but mostly, I'm really thankful.  I'm thankful for the opportunity my kids have to be exposed to another language;  I wonder what ways their future will be shaped by this skill set.  I wonder if it will open up unique job opportunities, or if they will be more likely to live in a non-english speaking country . . .

And I pray. I pray for the way that speaking another language will shape their relationships.  I pray that speaking another language will give them unique opportunities to defend those who are being treated unjustly.  I pray that it will allow them to sing and laugh and share life deeply with people who come from other countries.  I pray that they will be more free to speak about the beauty of Jesus no matter where they end up.

p.s.  Pippi Longstocking is probably not my favorite - but my kiddos sure do love it.  what are you all reading this summer?

13 comments:

  1. Romona books. Over ad over not my favorite either.but the girls love them. ;) and I love your rich prayers for your children. I hope for the same things with you. :) and I miss you too,

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    1. ah yes . . . Ramona! hey - you and I need need to talk; I have a friend moving over to where you were stationed in Italy; (I'll email you!)

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  2. Very cool. Doesn't surprise me a bit; and it's such a huge blessing that your kids are learning how to communicate in that context!

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  3. I love your heart- can you keep blogging, like, every day???
    Kennedy & I just finished Pippi Longstocking- she's a hoot!
    For our road trip we're bringing along (for read-alouds): Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, Pinocchio, Pilgrim's Progress, and Adam and His Kin. We've read most of them before but we're now on round 2 for the younger ones : )

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    1. We read Hans Brinker a couple of years ago (it's one of my favorites - probably because I remember my mama reading it to us 25 years ago) - I'll give it another year before round 2

      ha! I promise to blog everyday as long as YOU do too ;)

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  4. It's definitely a blessings that your kiddos are learning two languages simultaneously. Sure wish I had! What wonderful things does God have in store for them? It will be a blessing to find out now and someday. Thank you for sharing this story of your dear oldest. I am reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, a cookbook and an education in one. I read it often and cook from it, too.

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    1. ooo; I have been looking at Nourishing Traditions . . . I guess it probably wouldn't be a family read-aloud, though! :)

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  5. We are deeply entrenched in the Laura Ingles Wilder series. Such good conversations out of this one.

    P.s. I love you. Malachai is amazing, just like his Mama.

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    1. hmm . . . I would be interested in listing in on those conversations!

      also, please refer to my most recent blog post (can you imagine having an eternity to have coffees and pastries together whilst talking about our most recent sewing project? ) I miss you!

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    2. and by listing I mean LISTENING. obv.

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  6. We absolutely love this! Children that love to read warm our teacher hearts. Will the children go to public school in the fall? We enjoyed your coffee at our family camping trip last week.
    Aunt Teri

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    1. thank you for helping feed our children's love for reading!!! I decided that with the traveling we have to do this year, we would go for another year of homeschooling . . . could you pray for us as we try to hunt down some good, local activities for the kids to participate in? love you!

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