June 19, 1995: Sarah went to the hall closet to get her
flip-flops, and then Rhoda came upstairs. Sarah came running into my room
sayingRhoda was chasing her. (Sarah was still nervous about the kitty.) I asked
if she had her flip-flops. She said she just had one. I said she needed to get
two. She said, "No,because I want to be Diddle diddle Dumplin'."
June 27, 1995: Last night Rebecca asked us, "When it
gets dark outside, and it's time to go to sleep, does Jesus turn the light off?
Is there a switch?"
June 27, 1995: This afternoon Sarah and I were doing
Humpty Dumpty,and Sarah said, "All the kings horses and all the kings men,
had scrambled eggs for breakfast."
June 30, 1995: This morning Rebecca asked if they could
take their flip-flops and their tennis shoes on our trip, and I said yes. Sarah
asked, "How can we take tennis shoes and flip-flops because we justhave
two legs and two feet?"
We were talking about how the people of Israel walked in
the wilderness, and God had to give them water out of rocks and food fromHeaven.
Sarah asked if God cooked, and I said yes. Sarah or Caleb asked if there was a
kitchen in Heaven, and Rebecca said, "A holy kitchen."
Caleb was in the bathtub, and I went in to help him. I
asked,"Are you ready young man?" He said, "I'm a big o
July 3, 1995: Last year, Caleb went to school after
lunch, just for the afternoon. Last week we were talking about how next year he
will go all day, from after breakfast until almost supper time. The nextday or
so he asked me, "Do you know why I want to go to school after lunch?"
"Why?" "So it will be quicker." Murray said he'd like to goto
work after lunch, too.
This afternoon, we were talking about how chickens gave
us eggs, and cows gave us milk, and Caleb asked who gave us bananas. I said banana
trees, or banana plants. Caleb said, no, that wasn't right. I asked him,
"Then who does give us bananas?" He replied, "Monkeys."
July 6, 1995: One night Rebecca asked when she and Sarah
were sleeping on thecouch in the living room, "When Rhoda grows up, will
she be a lion?"
Yesterday Caleb said, "I'm the vehicle guy. I drive
tractors, lawn tractors, trains and mopeds."
July 12, 1995: Today at lunch the kids were talking about
birthdays and how old people are, and I said Grandpa Brinkmann is 67. Caleb said
excitedly, "He's gonna have a bunch of candles!" and Rebecca said he
would have a big cake.
July 15, 1995: We were talking about who my Mommy is, and
I said it is GrandmaBrinkmann. Rebecca asked, "Does she tell you what to
July 20, 1995: Last night at Vacation Bible
School, the kids made telescopes
out of construction paper rolled into spirals with papercups at the large end. Caleb
excitedly showed us his, and we askedhim what it was. "It's a paper long
thing with a cup!" he replied.
This morning I was telling the kids the story of Adam and
Eve. Rebecca asked me if sometime I would make up a story about Adam andEve
living in the garden, and the devil asked them to eat the fruit,and they said,
July 24, 1995: We told the kids that missionaries are
people who go around telling people about Jesus. Yesterday we asked Caleb to
prayfor missionaries. He prayed, "Help us to go around telling peopleabout
July 28, 1995: At breakfast Rebecca asked, "If all
the people who love Jesus tell all the other people, is Heaven big enough for everybody?"
At lunch Caleb said, "If we turn the house over, and
put thecarpet in the air, we'll walk on the roof."
August 4, 1995: One day Rebecca was being mean to one of
the other kids, and I reminded her that Jesus wanted her to be kind to them. She
said, "But Mommy, everybody does sins." I said yes, but we needto try
not to. She said, "But it's hard." (God bless her—isn’t that true?)
It's been raining a lot this week. The other day Rebecca
asked,"Mommy, you know our shower hose? Does God have a great big hose to make
it rain?" I talked a little bit about clouds and how they work,and she
asked, "Does God have a button He pushes to make the cloudsrain?"
Rebecca has been playing songs on the piano, and we
always sing a lot. The other day she said that we are like computers for God. He
gives us music and we print it out when we sing or play the piano.
August 5, 1995: The people from Taiwan were here today, (Ping-Hwei
came to visit us first the year before we adopted him, to make sure that was
what we, and he, really wanted.) and we were discussing how they eat rats there
sometimes. Rebecca asked why they ate animals. I told her that we ate animals. She
said no, we didn't. I said sure we did, like hamburger is from cows. She said, "That's
food; it's not an animal." (This was probably the beginning of her
decision to be a vegetarian.)
Sarah was sitting on my shoulders tonight, and she
called,"Daddy, look how cute I am!)
August 8, 1995: Tonight Rebecca had fixed up something
she wanted to show Murray.
She said to him, "It's ready for you. Your treasuresare laid up."
August 15, 1995: Last night Rebecca called down after she
was in bed, "At night-time, if we didn't go to sleep, and just played,
wouldit still get to be another day?"