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Things I didn't think I would have to say to my children | Motherhood

This is a small list of recent quotes I want to remember. Well, I wish I didn't have to, but I want to now that they've been said.

"No, you can't sleep with the rolling pin."

"You don't have to pull your pants down to your ankles to pee. And, turn towards the woods instead of the road."

"Stop! You're not supposed to hang in your window. The screen won't hold you."

"Please don't pee where we walk."

"You can use the dental floss for a Lego zipline, but you can't swing on it! You're too heavy."

"Please! Do NOT pee off the deck through the rails. It's getting on the dog."

"When it starts to rain, don't crawl over your sister to shelter her. It's weird."

"Just pee into the toilet. Not to the wall (not in the trash, not on the seat, not on the floor, not at the bath...)"

So many of them are about peeing. Hmm.... Is this just my boys? I guess that makes me officially a…
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Anyway, I was thinking that we have faced difficulties. One thing that I wanted to share with you today is about my health.

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My Jesus, I Love Thee | William R. Featherston Hymn

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
In mansions of glory and endless delight,I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

This is such a beautiful hymn. I hope you take a gander at the beautiful words and soak them in. Sing this tune with praise tovHim who loves us immensely!

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Christ's power over death! | Easter

"Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell's worst that I might attain heaven's best,
stripped that I might be clothed, wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted, made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light."stripped that I might be clothed, wounded that I might be healed, athirst that I might drink,tormented that I might be comforted, made a shame that I might inherit glory,entered darkness that I might have eternal light."

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