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Ambulance! Daddy should we pray?

Monday, June 16th, 2008

A conversation with my five year old son led us to praying as a result of nearly every siren we hear now. The conversation several months ago went something like this:

Riley: Daddy! Daddy! I see an ambulance. (lights were flashing and sirens were blaring)

Me: Yes, I see it too.

Riley: Where is he going Daddy?

Me: Well Riley, the ambulance is probably going to help someone who is hurt or sick.

Riley: Daddy, should we pray for them?

How in the world can you answer any other way than to say yes to a question like that from a five year-old? Our prayers are not long and are certainly not very specific. We simply say something like:

“Lord, you know the circumstances that have caused this ambulance to be called. We pray that the person who this ambulance has been called to serve will be made comfortable. We pray that if they are sick that you make them well and if they are hurt we pray that you heal their wounds. In Jesus name, Amen.”

I shared this story with a friend a few weeks ago while having dinner in Washington, DC. A fire truck went screaming past the restaurant and I immediately thought of Riley and what he would say. I actually got a smile on my face that caught my friend’s attention. I told him what I was thinking and why. My friend couldn’t wait to share the story with his wife. He also made note that kids don’t get a heart to respond to things with prayer this way by chance. My friend was right. My wife and I do attempt to teach our children to be “others” oriented, but we have plenty of room for improvement when it comes to training and setting a good example.

As I reflected on this dinner with my friend I realized how this great little story about my son wanting to pray for strangers can open the door for sharing the gospel. Most people want to know where Riley learned to think like this. That curiosity provides a golden opportunity to give credit where credit is due and share God’s truth from the Bible. We share God’s principles in our home on a daily basis.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Monday, March 26th, 2007

This boy loves the kitchen. Mommy did not have to ask this boy twice whether he wanted to bake some cookies. He was on it in a flash and baked the entire batch with very little assistance.

Mix'n up the batter
Here Riley is mixing the batter.

Scoop the batter
Then he scooped them onto the baking stone.

Pressing them down
Now he is doing the little fork decoration thing that all peanut butter cookies require.

Watches them carefully
Watching them bake.

Taste test
“Yummy!!! These are great! Daddy is going to love these.”

And yes, I did love them. I think I must have eaten nearly a dozen of them for breakfast the next day.

Thank you Big Boy Riley!!! I Love YOU!

Happy Birthday Riley

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Today my oldest son Riley turned 4 years old. The BIG news of the day for our family and friends is that Riley is no longer allergic to eggs. Praise God!!! Yeah!!! We have been praying and claiming Riley healed of this diagnosis for months now.

Riley was diagnosed as allergic to eggs when he was six months old. He has been getting better over the years but still was showing allergic to egg as of just a few months ago according to skin tests. Today Riley went in for an egg challenge. This is where you eat a couple of eggs in front of the allergy doctor to see if you are going to react to the egg. Riley ate two eggs, and LOVED them. One was scrammble in bacon drippings. YUM! YUM! That was a great tip from Aunt Addie. You know that girl is southern. Riley had no reaction to the eggs. He was given the all clear and then topped off his morning with a strawberry filled doughnut from Dunkin Donuts. He had never had a Doughnut before today because of the egg in the batter. It’s okay, not to worry, I have been eating his share so they did not go to waste. ;-)

After arriving home from the doctor there was a knock at the door. Riley got a delivery of a cute stuffed animal with a ton of birthday balloons attached to it. These were from Grandma and Grandpa. As you can see, Riley really liked this surprise.


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Birthday Balloon Delivery
The delivery of the balloons.

The WOW of the Birthday Balloon Delivery
WOW!!! Check these out Mommy.

Check out these Birthday Balloons
These are cool balloons!

We celebrated Riley’s birthday by having breakfast for dinner. It is another one of those weird southern things we do. It was Riley’s choice, I promise. We had pancakes and sausage. Riley finally got to have my really fluffy pancakes (with blueberries added to his). Up until today I have made a special batch for him where I used baking soda, vinegar, and water as an egg substitute.

We topped off dinner with a few Birthday gifts. Here are the highlights.

Opening GeoTrax
Riley opening an addition to his GeoTrax train set.

I Love my new bike Daddy
Riley’s first two-wheeler.

Putting on the full armour
Gearing up for the first ride.

First Ride on a two-wheeled bicycle
Check him out.

First Ride on a two-wheeled bicycle
First ride on the new bike.

Daddy, this is a cool bicycle
“Daddy, this is a cool bike!”

I am a big boy now
Check him out. He is a big boy now.

Happy Birthday Riley,
We Love You, Daddy, Mommy, and Caden

PS: Caden walked across the living room for the first time yesterday. There’s a video on Caden’s Page. This a giant step for Caden.