Last week, I was actually sort-of crafty. I took Andy to Hobby Lobby, and he picked out stickers for the valentines we made for his friends at pre-school. I bought foam hearts and construction paper. We sat at the kitchen table, and for an hour, he was pretty content putting stickers on the hearts as I glued a smaller construction paper heart onto a larger foam heart. The stickers were of course trains, diggers, police cars, jeeps, and the like, but at least the hearts were somewhere Valentines Day-ish. I tried to get him to color the paper hearts without much luck, so I just wrote "love Andy" on each.
He didn't approve of my writing. Instead, he wanted to write the entire alphabet IN ORDER on each heart. When I write words, this causes the letters to be out of order, and his little world turns upside down in the absence of complete order, according to his own definition. He certainly gets this personality trait from his mother, and we are both working on learning to be flexible! I finally got him to be ok with the "love Andy" part, but by then, craft time had extended past an hour and he was done. We somehow finished up the 10 needed Valentines for his classmates, plus a special one for Daddy. We finished them out with a packet of fruit snacks taped to the back of each heart.
Today, Andy and I made biscotti for Andrew's Valentine's Day present (shhh, don't tell him until tomorrow!). And by Andy and I, I mean that I was able to make the biscotti because Andy was playing very nicely by himself with his trains. Praise God for toy trains! It's terrific cranberry-chocolate biscotti, and only 3 points a piece, so it's a perfect gift for Andrew.
We fought the rain into Houston to meet Andrew for lunch today, and Andrew was trying to talk Andy into giving away what his Valentine's Day gift was.
Daddy: So, Andy, did you make Daddy's Valentine's Day gift today?
Andy: Yes, Daddy!
Daddy: What did you make for Daddy?
Andy: Fruit snacks!
Daddy: You made fruit snacks for Daddy for Valentine's?
Andy: Fruit snacks for FRIENDS!
Daddy: Oh, you made fruit snacks for friends for Valentine's. What did you make for Daddy?
Andy: Fruit leathers!
Andrew (to me): Apparently, he's not going to give away your secret!
After lunch, we were making our way back home through the pouring rain, and I prayed out loud that Jesus would protect us, put His angels around our car, and let us get home safely. After I said Amen, Andy piped up, "And thank You for the rain!" Yes, Jesus, thank You for the rain. And thank you for a precious little one to remind me that while I do need to ask for Your help and protection, I must never forget to thank You in the midst of every circumstance and prayer.