Saturday, December 28, 2013

Remembering the Innocents Then and Now ... and a little girl turns 2!


Today in the Catholic Church it is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. As a mother, this day is torturous to think about, and it is too easy to think of it as something that happened so long ago that it could not happen today. Yet, it does - through abortion, abuse, neglect.

On this fourth day of Christmas, we took time at breakfast to retell the story of these little children. I used the kids' oatmeal to represent their innocence and swirled raspberry jam through it to represent the blood spilled. This was not very appealing to the kids. They loved the oatmeal but not the preserves so this will not be an annual tradition. However, conversation followed as did a prayer for those children lost so long ago as well as for all those aborted today, for those mothers contemplating abortion, and for those children today who are neglected or abused.


We also listened to the Coventry Carol (You Tube video linked above), a 16th century English carol portraying Mary's lament over the murder of these children. Such a moving bit of song.

It is also a good day to bless your children, if you do not do so daily (make the sign of the cross on the child's forehead, with or without holy water). Before Miss Z came along this was a nightly habit of mine when tucking the kids in at night. After Miss Z... well, evening would find me passed out or one kid going to sleep, and just plain crazy evenings now. We are finally settling down (two years later!!!) and I am trying to pick up the habit again.

We were going to drive around looking at Christmas lights, but ended up staying in and teaming up to play Battleship. That was so much fun!

Today was also a wonderful day in our household as Miss Z turned two today!


Miss Z is as sweet as can be, with just the right touch of spunk. 
Quick to smile, hug, and kiss (at least for me)...

Favorites:

...dance...
...sing...
...look at books...
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...help in the kitchen...
...stir her daddy's coffee...
...blow out candles...
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...snuggle...
...remove her clothes...
...follow mommy around...
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...chitter chatter but refuse to use "real" words...
...say "enh" for everything (except mama and this weird cry for nursing)...
...play with little toy figures...
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...sit on the counter -- with wine and knives to her back -- to help in the kitchen or to eat a snack...
...clementine oranges...
...milk (mama's or cow's)...
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...any kind of meat or potato...
...her grandparents...
...her siblings...
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...piggy-back rides...
..."What Does a Fox Say?" song...
...Little People...
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It was a fun day for a little girl, who is not so much a baby now. These two years have gone so quickly.

And how could we not have ended the day without a typical two year old reaction??? Even with her short, but fierce, tantrums she is so darn cute.

2 comments:

Sylvia said...

She's getting so big! Love all the pictures!

Nicole said...

No kidding (but so are your kids!). We were looking at baby pictures and I really don't know how two years went by so fast!