we've been reading about Jesus's birth over breakfast. gabe loves the part where the angel gabriel talks to mary. we are using the book called "The Jesus Storybook Bible" and i really really like it. i read a review once that said children have trouble seeing the Bible as something different than short, separate, fictional stories. the Jesus Storybook Bible carries Jesus thru the entire Bible for children to know that He was promised and God delivered.
we are trying to impart in our children that Christmas is about Christ. --the greatest gift. we talk about God giving us everything we have and to be thankful for that. we have all we need and more.
it's exciting because gabe is finally seeming to get what it's all about...in small pieces. and it's amazing to see the fruit of that. monkey sits and smiles and is attentive, but has yet to declare "Emmanuel, God with us" or anything like that yet. :) maybe next Christmas.
on another note, i was telling someone that gabe was going to visit his previous foster family (the family he lived with before we adopted him) for a short playdate. later, he asked "where's your foster family?" what a great question! i love that his mind is thinking about things like that. it was a great chance to explain that we're a foster family for monkey, how God made families, and that there are lots of different kinds of families.
good teaching moment!