March 17, 1996: We were talking to Morgan (Murray’s
brother in Missouri) on the speaker phone yesterday, about how warm it was here
and there, and Rebecca asked him, "Is it Saturday there?" She knows
sometimes it's not the same day in Taiwan as here.
March 19, 1996: At church Sunday, Murray said that our
friend Kathy was behind a railing where the piano and organ are. Sarah asked
her how she got out of there. Kathy told her she didn't know how to get out. So
Sarah asked her, "Does somebody bring you food?"
March 22, 1996: Last night I made soup for supper. Sarah
was whining and didn't want to eat it. First, she didn't like the meat, then
she didn't like the green beans. Murray finally convinced her to take a bite of
part of the ingredients, and asked if she liked it. She must have nodded,
because he told her to thank me for making it. She said, "Mommy, thank you
for some of the soup."
The other night when Sarah was eating supper, she
explained to us that after she put a spoon of food in her mouth, she looked at
the spoon when she took it out, and there was no food on it. (An interesting
March 25, 1996: The other day Sarah said to me,
"Mommy, I wish Renato would come to our house again." Yesterday, she
said, "I hope Renato loves Jesus." (Renato was an exchange student
from Brazil who lived with us the year before this.)
A couple times recently, Rebecca has been doing something
with adults. Then, after hearing the other kids playing loudly downstairs, she
said, "I think I want to go down there with them, because they sound like
they're having fun."
March 26, 1996: After the kids wash hands for a meal, we
always tell them not to pet the kitty. Yesterday at lunch time, Caleb said his foot
messed with Rhoda. Then he said, "My foot needs to wash its hands."
Rebecca used to call the tune or melody of a song the
"violin" of the song. (Not too many years later, she became a
March 27, 1996: We were talking last night about maybe
getting rid of Rhoda, because Sarah is so scared of her, and because Rhoda has been
so crazy lately. We told the kids that maybe we could get some other pet, and
Sarah insisted that she wanted an elephant.
March 28, 1996: Last night we had dinner with some
friends of ours. The man, Ken's, son Josh is visiting this week from Colorado
. He's fourteen,
and we were talking in the car later about what a nice kid he is. I said we
should tell Ken that Josh is really a nice guy. Rebecca said, "But he
already knows that."
April 3, 1996: The other day, Murray
took the kids to the mall, and they
went into the eye glasses place to get Sarah's glasses adjusted. The man tried
to put them on Rebecca later instead of Sarah. Sarah told me, "Then he
said in a man's voice (and she made her voice deep)'I'm sorry.'"
April 18, 1996: The other night Caleb said to Murray,
"I'm going to give you something; you'll like it. It's a hug!" And he
April 26, 1996: Rebecca knows we have wax in our ears. She
says the sleepers in our eyes is eye wax, and the junk in our noses is nose wax.
April 29, 1996: Yesterday, Rebecca was running around in
the dining room, and Sarah said, "Rebecca, don't gallop like that!"
When I told Rebecca good-night, she said,
"Good-night. I hope you dream of me."
May 2, 1996: Yesterday I was really tired, so Murray
took the kids by
himself to dinner and then to church. After church, he called and asked if I
wanted him to bring me some food. He went to McDonalds, and Caleb asked what
he'd got for me. Murray said a hamburger and fries, and Caleb said, "Oh,
when I'm a daddy, and I can't go to church, that's what I want for