Owen said it first but Ivan picked it up and ran with it. When he tries to emphasize how large something is he will call it “Hunormous!”

Huge and enormous are just not enough on their own I guess.

Ivan is completely convinced of his successes in life. He does not turn back. Since turning the corner with potty-training he has enforced his achievement by insisting that he does not need any help in this area. He is rather put off when I insist on accompanying him to public restrooms and though he often returns from the bathroom at home with his pants and underwear completely backward, he would rather I not assist him in getting dressed.

He is so expressive and it is often easy to read his face for dilemma and concern. However, he is not one to voice his emotion without a lot of reflection first and it is sometimes hard to know what is the source of his troubled looks.

Ivan is the one I am both extremely anxious over and extremely proud of in high stress situations. His ability to weather pain and discomfort astounds me at times, while his sensitivity to emotional bruises often concerns me. I feel such a need to protect his heart, but it is a difficult task to undertake. Prayer is a wonderful covering for mothers to have at our disposal. There are so many things we see in our children, but we can do nothing about on our own. Were it not for the promises of God, His protection, His ministering angels and the sharp and accurate weapon of His Word I would be a basket case. He is a better Father for Ivan than I could ever be a mother and the ability to lay all of my boys at His feet is…HUNORMOUS.

Heard in the Van

We were on the way to a birthday party where we were told hot dogs would be served. When we told Ivan what was on the menu he was very excited. A few minutes later we heard him proclaim from the back of the van…”Mommy, I get very frustwated to eat hot dogs in buns.”

He gets upset and has even cried when he cannot fit the entire hot dog and bun into his mouth to take a bite. I told him that he could eat the hot dog and bun separately and he was happy.