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Baby Talk

This is Prince George, not a member of our family.......google images!

One of the best parts of being a grandparent is having conversations with our granddaughters. Those talks can be hilarious or innocent or disturbingly honest. 

Or embarrassing when family secrets are spilled. I'm sure we have all been there!

Two of ours are learning to sew this summer and I am helping them with their 4-H projects. We went to buy their fabric at Joann's the other day and after much searching and persuading that a dress with a chiffon overlay was probably not the best choice for our budding 6 year old seamstress, Amy settled on a very colorful fabric for her elastic waist skirt. As the salesclerk handed her the cut fabric, Amy sweetly asked, "Now where are the sequins?" 

I'm still laughing out loud over that one! This little doll is convinced she can do ANYTHING. And I want it to stay that way. Shame on the person who bursts that bubble.

I spent some time this week with our youngest who is just learning to talk. Her precious little babbling and talking in complete sentences or paragraphs of indecipherable language is the sweetest sound. In the midst of all the "words" are some that I recognize, including "Mammy" which is what she calls me.

She definitely is experimenting with sound, learning how to make her wishes and needs known to those around her.

I googled and discovered over 1,000,000,000 results to explain just how language acquisition happens. Educated people obviously have spent a lot of time trying to understand it. But, how can you explain the explainable?

To me, it's a flat out miracle. 

Imitation is the greatest teacher, and Hannah will eventually learn to talk just like her cousins did, by listening to language and repetition of language and being talked to by all of us. 

What a great responsibility speaking to a child is!

What words will ring in her ears?

Will she hear words of affirmation? Encouragement? Truth? That Jesus loves her sooooo much? That she is valued and honored and has a purpose?

Like her cousins, she has parents who love Jesus and her, so I am sure that she will.

Not every child is so lucky. That makes me so sad.

Soon Hannah will know the POWER of her words. I pray that all of our grandchildren use their words in a way that honors their Heavenly Father.

Maybe they will write songs that praise Jesus, or books that change people's lives, or devotionals that lead others closer to the Savior, or speeches that encourage and uplift and bring out the best in those who listen.

Maybe they will stand up for someone who is being bullied or speak life into dark situations.

Maybe they will lead their neighbors to the Lord.

May God may use their words to change the world!


Sidebar: Our kids don't want me to post pictures of them on my blog, so you will just have to trust me-our grandkids are ADORABLE!

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