Poison Dart Frogs are some of the tiniest and beautiful creatures on the planet; they are also incrediably deadly. So, why call this blog "Tiny Dart Frog"? It goes back to the old adage - good things come in small packages. We are all created exactly as God has intended - unique, strong, and beautiful.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The other day we had a small snowstorm (today we had a huge one - but I'm not talking about this one). So, the other day we had about 6 inches of very light, fluffy snow...my kids were home from school (they've been home from school a lot lately). My kids were bribed to help shovel the drive with a bit of money...
After they completed my drive, my youngest son took off with his little kid-sized shovel and cleared my neighbor's whole drive! She paid him $5. Then, he went to another neighbor's house and cleared their whole drive. They paid him $5.
I silently laughed to myself - "Leave it to Cooper. He sure knows how to finagle a buck." But then their Dad told me the rest of the story.
"He's taking the money to school for the Haiti collection."
I sort-of choked on my words, "What?! Really?! Cooper?!"
"Yeah. They were talking at school about it and how they may be little but they can still help out."
'Wow,' I thought. And that's when it hit me.
All the stuff we teach our children - it does sink in there. And the really beautiful thing about this is I felt so supported by the school. They, in their own way, are enriching my kids' faith. And not only am I supported by the school, but they hear this in church too. And they hear it from me and their Dad. And they hear it from coaches, and friends, and family...
And - wow! I'm just so thankful I am not doing it all by myself. My kids and your kids...they are all growing up to be amazing because they are cared for by so many people.
Thanks, Cooper for showing me what a giving heart looks like.
My name is Christine Stephan, although I answer mostly to Mom or Pastor.
I am a Lutheran pastor for an amazing group of Jesus' disciples just outside Washington DC AND a mom to 3 of the best boys in the universe.
I blog here about family and faith and frustrations....That thing we call 'life'.
My boys are passionate about all things legos, anything involving a ball, video games, and chocolate.
I am an avid runner, a lover of interesting books and deep conversation, a very amateur writer, and also a lover of chocolate.
I also love theology (which is weird, I know), but I don't love theology more than Jesus.
This blog is hardly ever profound, but it is real. As a pastor and I mom, I find 'real' to be more helpful in my journey with Jesus than crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's.