If the disciples learned from Jesus by walking through life with Him and watching how He lived, I’d say that’s probably a pretty good method for learning.
Watch as I go, learn as I do.
It’s funny that I just mentioned in my last post how much I love to read — outside looking in. But it’s the hands-on moments in life that teach us exponentially more than what glossy words can feed our eyes. I can read articles and posts all day long, but in any given period of time with my sister and her two boys, I learn more about parenting watching her than in 50 articles combined.
Despite my attempts at being different growing up — doing my own things in order to be my own person — I always followed my big sister’s lead and learned from her as a little sister, having the privilege (and the blessing!) of seeing her do it first.
I guess you could say I’m like her disciple. :)
This weekend, Trey and I hosted my sister our two nephews at our place. My brother-in-law, Brad (a doctor), and his mom are both currently away on a medical mission in “Hon-DOOR-us!” as James would say. The boys don’t understand it completely, but they know that Daddy is helping people, and it’s in a place where people have never seen a doctor. (In fact, in one day on Friday, Brad’s team saw 190 people. Keep them in your prayers!) All weekend long, the boys wanted to play doctor. We had a lot of sick dinosaurs at our house.
It’s always fun hanging out with these guys, but having them in our home is extra special. Everything about having the boys around is fun!!! One of the best parts about the weekend was the down time I got to have with Sarah, talking about life and decisions in parenting, bouncing ideas off each other, sharing opinions and perspectives… I’m so grateful!
Having them stay with us also gives me a glimpse of what our life with our kids might be like.
Like blanket forts after breakfast…
And mornings at the park…
And frozen yogurt after lunch! (Let’s be honest, frozen yogurt is already steadily incorporated into my life.)
The first night they arrived, we went to eat downtown by the water, and of course the boys were fascinated by the boats. Not the huge USS North Carolina Battleship docked across the river, but all the boats coming and going and crossing under the bridge!
The next day was filled with discovery… which I’m convinced is one of the best things about spending time with kids. The serpentarium was a big hit — for all of us!
It was a fun-filled weekend for sure!
Pulling up to our place on the last night they were here, I couldn’t help but think what awesome buddies, big cousins, and role models James and Eli will be for our kids. Partners in crime… maybe that, too. :) But as well as those boys are being brought up, I’ll be so grateful for our kids to watch as they go and learn as they do…
And a little sister should know. :)