Like Mother, like child


My kids set up the toys for small group a few days ago.  This is what they did.  They stacked two tables on top of each other and then created these homes for their dollies.


Why did I title this “like Mother, like child?”  Because Jeff went upstairs saw this and came down saying that.


See, back when Jeff and I were dating I had a BRILLIANT idea!  I mean BRILLIANT.  I was going to take my twin sized bed, and put it on top of a bookcase, and then two pillar bookcases.  The only problem is those pillar bookcases were rather shaky MDF, and the other bookcase was some plywood, that had been through a few too many moves.  Oh, and there’s a good chance they weren’t all the same size.


But, I was still sure this was a BRILLIANT idea, until Jeff started talking.  Then he pointed out the not so brilliant parts of this.  The shakiness of the bookshelves, the likelihood of collapse and a few other things.


I guess I’m a bit more introspective with my 10 year anniversary coming up.  This makes me think of two things:


One, how much of our kids behavior is nature and how much is nurture?  As far as I know my kids never heard that story, or any of my other BRILLIANT home decoration ideas.  Yet they came up with similar ideas.  There are many things I can see of me in my kids.  Phrasing and ways they talk, but there’s some things I have no clue where it came from.  Princess actually cares about clothes, she’s very picky about them and she LIKES clothes shopping.


The other thing it got me to thinking about, is how well Jeff was designed for me.  He provides a push when I need it, which isn’t often, but mostly he is the brakes.  See I come up with a lot of BRILLIANT ideas.  A LOT.  Thankfully, Jeff is around to tell me when that isn’t the best use of my time or talents.


Some things Jeff has stopped me from doing: volunteering to sew an entire bridal party of clothes, volunteering to lead several different ministries, volunteering to watch extra kids, and volunteering to do all sorts of things.


All right, my random introspection is over, and now I’m going to work on some Sunday school stuff.

6 thoughts on “Like Mother, like child

  1. I love this because I can totally relate!!!!!

    Tom and I just celebrated our ten year anniversary.

    I hate shopping for clothes and am content in jeans and a tee shirt; Reagan loves clothes and could shop all day!

    Thankfully, my husband often steers me away from some “brilliant” ideas I have.

    Great post. Love it.

  2. I am so thankful that Mark has steered me away from some things or just flat out said No. I mean, I have done enough as it is that has been crazy, I can't imagine if he had not been the voice of reason some of the time.

  3. Random introspection is worthy, for sure! Jeff surely sounds perfectly designed for you. And those kids…it's so amazing to consider what is nature and what is nurture. And just when you think you've got it figured out…they go and mess up your theories. 🙂 Good post!

  4. Happy upcoming anniversary. I can relate to many things in this post. I was just thinking yesterday how Lars and I are different but complement each other or so well. And I am sometimes spooked how Anna seems to be a carbon copy of me down to the last single flaw and strength. She also looks a lot like I did when I was a child. It's weird!

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