Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jars of Clay

Always one to work to deadline, apparently I'm passing along my tendency to my tots. This morning, with "Disciple Dollars" hanging in the balance, Sarah reminded me, "We haven't learned our memory verse yet!" Not only had we not worked on it yet, I'd not even looked it up.

Here it is (printed for their easy "study"):

We talked a bit about what we interpreted the verse to mean -- that like clay-formed objects, we are made to accomplish something. We're purposed, but we're also fragile, breakable, imperfect -- and the tough things we make it through (see yesterday's post) are by God's grace and power.

After reading the text, it became clear why they had made projects from fast-drying clay last week in Sunday School.

Here's Darren's:
Here's Sarah's:
Never one to pass up an opportunity to explore the meaning in art...

Mommy: "You know Sarah, I think the pieces you and Darren sculpted last week are a lot like the two of you are. Darren's has a good, strong base; it looks quiet, but like a volcano, it is deep and bubbles up with energy and excitement. Yours is so bright, pretty and smooth on the outside; but then when you take the time to look inside, it's absolutely full of beautiful golden sparkle."

Sarah: "Tell me about mine again."
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13 comments:

ChefDruck said...

Cheryl,
What a wonderful way to comment on their art. I always try to go further than "that's nice honey" but you've really inspired me!

Jen B. said...

Too cute that she wants to hear about hers again! I love it when our girls receive a compliment & can't hear enough of it!

Sharlene said...

Gotta love kids!

Gibson Twins said...

I love Sarah's wit! She seems so spunky :)

What fun projects too!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

That is so neat!

Steph

Laura said...

You said THE most perfect things about their art. (My mother would have done the same- I know that is a weird thing for me to say, but people are always telling me that they wish they could be a mom like my mother.) So, it is a compliment.
You probably tell really good bedtime stories too.

Barbara Manatee said...

Kudos to the kiddos and to mom for the work and insight! Love their pieces and love your comments!!

Missy said...

Cheryl,
What a great project & a great comment to give your kids. You are a great mom with 2 great, artisic children. Such talent - I think they inherited this from their mom!!!!

Cheryl Lage said...

While I would love to bask in the glow of you all's kind words, more often than not, I feel woefully ill-equipped as a parent. Truly, I have been blessed with children extraordinaire. Their output of all kinds (verbal, artistic, or in yesterday's instance, biological ;) ) is such a reminder of the awe-inspiring task/honor/privilege/responsibilitybeing entrusted with two unique individuals truly is.

Thankfully, I have your blogs (that I reference regularly!) for insight, uplifting, empathy, humor, support...

In the 21st century, it takes an internet village to raise a child...I'm happy to be a part of one!

BoufMom9 said...

Chery,
Such a beautiful post. How wonderful that you can provoke such thoughtful conversations with your children so often.
Thanks for sharing. It really made my night.

Sara said...

What a beautiful thing to say to them. You just gave them a great memory.

Sara

MereCat said...

You are such a good mama, and find such meaningfulness in parenting. You know they hear every word you say. Just catching up on your posts. Sounds like an eventful week.

cc said...

I love the conversations you have with your children. I wish I thought of the perfect things to say...

I so enjoy your blog b/c I learn every how to be a better mom!