Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Innocence

Every night part of Jaxon's bedtime routine is to read a verse with us from the scriptures. It really is cute. He started saying things like "and behold"...adorable! We realize that he doesn't understand the words we read, but it is good practice. Last night Mark pulled our Bible Story Illustrations book (a series) out of the attic so we could start reading it with Jaxon. We read these as kids and my mom recently gave them to us.

A flood of emotions poured over me as I opened the pages to a familiar smell from my childhood. And here I was about to share this with my own son. We read a page or two as Jaxon looked at the pictures and then it was off to bed.

Today while we were playing cars on laundry basket, Jaxon spotted the book under the couch (where we keep it for easy access for our nightly routine). He grabbed it and asked me to read more. We snuggled up on the couch and started looking at more of the pictures and stories while I tried to explain what was going on as simply as I could put into words.

As we got to the part where Jesus was on the cross, I hesitated to show and explain only because he is so little and I didn't want him to be scared. My hesitation was quickly replaced with a sense of peace about teaching my son. So I told him that Jesus died on the cross for us. He looked up at me and said, "why Jesus die on the cross?" It was such a beautiful moment for me to look down at him and tell him that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected so that mommy, daddy, Jaxon, and Miriam could all live together again with Him and our Heavenly Father in Heaven.

Such a beautiful teaching moment.


  1. Wow, that is such a sweet story. You are such a good mom Julie :)

  2. I was about to write the exact same thing! You are a wonderful mom, Ju. Love you.

  3. You brought tears to my eyes. You are an amazing mom. I too love the sweet innocent of youth. I love Jaxon. He is such a sweet, oh and cute boy. :-) Love you guys!

  4. We had all those same scripture sets too!

  5. I remember having to teach this to the sunbeams and being really nervous, thinking there's no way they could handle such a heavy subject. But they totally wrapped their little 3-year-old brains around it and broke it down--so Jesus died for us? And those people did that to him? That was mean.

    That'll teach me to underestimate little kids : ) Can't believe how big Jaxon is...