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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Baby Jesus

Ya know in the movie, Talegdega Nights when Will Ferrell prays with all his sincerity to "dear baby baby Lord Jesus, we thank for this meal..." I think that is also Maggie's view of who is Jesus right now.

We were reading through my book, a children's bible storybook in Chinese. Actually I can't read that fast so I was just telling the stories in Chinese. We started with "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth". And we got as far as Samson. She was very interested! She flipped ahead to the New Testament and she saw a baby! I explained to her that was baby Jesus! And she kept saying Baby Jesus, Baby Jesus. So I took the opportunity to pull out some Christmas books about the nativity and those have been among her favorite books ever since. In fact on Saturday night she insisted that she hold one of the Baby Jesus books to sleep.

I heard that a child can have a spiritual imprint of God and Jesus before the age of two. I think it's important to tell them about a Jesus they can understand. Maggie loves babies, so I guess she can totally relate to a baby Jesus. And since Maggie knows about "fishes" and "boats" maybe later I can tell her about Jesus as the Fisher of Men, and about how Jesus calms the storm, and then eventually Jesus as her Savior.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Duck Duck

It's funny how kids at this age will call every furry animal Woah woah (dog). That was a few months ago. By now she can totally distinguish alot of things obviously, she knows Mow Meow (cat) and Moose and quirrel (squirrel), seal arp arp (seal), jeng jeng jeng (di ban jeng, for elephant), hung (mouse, cuz in her book there's a mouse walking). She knows jek tsi or birdie (bird), and fey fey (airplane). Ew is a mosquito or bug. Actually one time she saw an ant and she called it a woah woah. Hey it moves with legs! Turto, Duck duck, fishes or fishies. So cute! Whether they're in an aquarium, in the bathtub or on the computer.

But what really tops the cake is when we were reading a book about dinosaurs, like there's a dinosaur for every letter of the alphabet, she called them "Duck Duck!" Specifically it's the one that is a total vegetarian and is the largest of all the dinosaurs. I guess if it were white all over and if it had an orange beak, it could totally pass as a gigantic duck duck. But it's just interesting cuz some scientists do believe that dinosaurs and birds are closely related. So weird! So amazing how the world seems through the eyes of a child!