Each day I’ll pick a quote I overhear or one that has meant something to me. Enjoy.

10/3/07 When the car started making a revving sound today, Jaden, 5, got excited and said, “Alright, let’s see if we can get this baby off the ground.”

10/4/07 Asher, 6, asked if he could help build a real house. I told him about our friend who owns a building company. I said, “He builds houses all over the place, all over Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield….” Asher replied, “I need to hurry and grow up so he doesn’t take all the spaces.”

10/8/07 Everything in life is Mcsomething. Jaden has a habit of putting “Mc” in front of certain words. My favorite is when he talks about his Toy Story characters… “Woody lost his Mctar (guitar) today. I think instead of playing with him, I’ll play on the McPuter (computer) instead.” Do you love it?

10/16/07 Did I say “every day” I would add a quote? Uh, sorry but I lied. Today I will give you two though. Noah is 10 and today he asked his friend Sam if he liked dump trucks. Sam said, “I guess,” to which Noah responded, “Well you should because you’re a dump truck.” As you can imagine, Sam was confused. Noah explained it like this: “You back up to the toilet and take a dump. Get it? Dump. Like poop. Just like a dump truck dumps its load.” That is life in prepubescent boy world.I may have shared this in another blog but it’s so cute that I’ll repeat it here.

One day Eli was sitting on my lap and I asked him why he doesn’t say “I love you” back to me when I tell him I love him. He paused for a moment and said, “Because I love you so much, I’m speechless.” OHMYGOSH! He won big brownie points for that.

10/23/07 My head was turned toward the back of my Suburban today as I started backing out of the driveway. When I heard a terrible screeching sound, I snapped my head forward to see a large branch full of leaves (very large, like the size of a new tree , or maybe two, planted in someone’s front yard) stuck to the front of the car.I said, not so calmly: “What the heck is THAT?”Asher (nonchalant 6-year-old) “Oh, that’s part of the Maple tree that fell during the storm.”Me: How did it get caught on the front of the car.Asher (calm as can be): It’s not stuck. I tied it onto the front with Katie’s leash.

10/25/07 Mom: Jaden, I need a quote of the day. Say something brilliant.Jaden: You mean like a country singer.That is for my friend Heidi. I know she’ll be proud.

10/27/07 Asher, 6, to Jaden, 5: You know Grandma and Papa are going to miss us when they are in Florida.Jaden (not looking away from the T.V.) Well then they shouldn’t go. (Good point.)

11/14/07 Tonight we went to a farm, where we have been helping set up for an authentic 1621 feast. (There will be a blog coming about this whole adventure. Truly amazing.) So far, we have been doing some prep work. It’s been way outside the realm of preparing for the “bring your covered dish to share” thanksgiving celebration. So I wish I could have captured the look on my face, when Sherry – the owner of the land – asked: “Can I take about four kids with me back to the house to chase chickens and put them in their pens.” It’s not something I hear everyday in suburbs. I stared at her to see if she was joking. No joke. I have pictures to prove that several children ages 6-10 chased down chickens and carried them to their pens. So next time you hear a woman ask if she can borrow some kids to chase chickens, go along for the ride. It’s quite an experience for a city girl!

11/25/07This quote by C.S. Lewis was posted at church today. The sermon has been about living out love. This quote is deep and a bit scary to me. Do I take my choices this seriously, with an eternal focus? Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And, taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a Heavenly creature or into a hellish creature — either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures and with itself. -C.S. Lewis

11/28/07 I picked up my friend’s daughter the other day from school. When she got in the car, she said, “Do you think Dr. Bret could look up my nose when we get to your house?”I asked her why and she said, “Because there are some sniffles or something up there and I want to get them out.”

12/6/07 I love this one. My little friend, Chloe, with the sniffly nose referred to above, saw a semi truck the other day. It was just the cab part, no trailer attached. She said to her mom: “Look at that truck. It doesn’t have its butt on.”

1/10/07I have another quote you can see on my other site: http://web.mac.com/lynnhouse

It’s a precious little story about a young girl’s heart. But for now I have something a little less precious but interesting. The other day, Asher lost his second tooth. As he was blotting the blood with a napkin, he turned and said, “I never knew blood from a tooth tastes like chicken.”


Being married to a physician can make for some interesting conversation. Today after Bret and I chatted for a while, he said: “Well, I need to go look at some urine.” I bet you don’t hear that during your conversations with your spouse.


I found this quote I love, love, love recently while I was cleaning out some files. It’s by a Franciscan Monk… that’s all I know.

Something We Like
“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.



A friend of mine just found out she might be able to go to Europe this summer. She is so excited so she is figuring out the details of what to do with her children during that time. She must be serious about going because she said: “I don’t care if I have to put my kids in a kennel, I’m going!”

I’m not sure she’ll win the Mom-of-the-Year award this year. 🙂 Of course, I’ll never tell who she is because if her kids ever read this, they would need some serious therapy.


Another great quote from a friend today… Her young son was walking around the house singing praise songs. She particularly enjoyed this one….

“He is exhausted, the King is exhausted on high. I will praise him.”


I have been neglecting the quotes and unfortunately I’m sure I have missed some really great ones from my kids that have left my brain by now. But today, I share a sort-of-quote from Lenny Kravitz from his new album, The Love Revolution. The song is called “A New Door.”

I can see that look in your eyes
You’re in need of something you can’t find
You’re tired of holding on to the pain
You haven’t got the strength to hold the reigns
You are out of lane

I know you can’t take it
I know you can’t take it anymore
I know you can’t fake it
I know you can’t fake it anymore
Now it’s time for you to open a new door

You fool yourself when you live a lie
You spend all of your time getting high
But drunken nights won’t bury your fears
All the drinks you had just turned to tears
For too many years

I know you can’t take it
[A New Door lyrics on http://www.metrolyrics.com%5D

I know you can’t take it anymore
I know you can’t fake it
I know you can’t fake it anymore
Now it’s time for you to open a new door

When you think that nobody cares
Close your eyes and know that God is there
And if you reach out He’ll do the same
Just ask for what you need in Jesus name
Don’t be ashamed

I know you can’t take it
I know you can’t take it anymore
I know you can’t fake it
I know you can’t fake it anymore
Now it’s time for you to open a new door

Now it’s time for you to open a new door


I love Brother Lawrence. There’s a little book I have of his writings called, “Practicing the Presence of God.” This comes from that and I love this way of life.
We must continually work hard so that each of our actions is a way of carrying on little conversations with God, not in any carefully prepared way but as it comes from the purity and simplicity of the heart.

– Brother Lawrence
(c. 1605-1691)The Practice of the Presence of God


Today as we were driving to school, one of my son’s told me he thought a certain girl liked him. I told her that she was moving and maybe someday we would visit her. He said, “I would rather visit my turd in the sewer.” Disgusting, I know, but clever. Being the mother of boys is never dull and sometimes not pretty.


My boys are in the pool and suddenly one of them stopped swimming, took off his goggles and asked me this: “Mom, did you grow up in the olden days?”

Me: What do you mean by olden days?

Him: Did you have computers?

Me: No, not like we do now.

Him: Then you mean you lived back when everything was black and white?

I love these kids!


We’re in Wyoming, staying in a log cabin. Jaden, our youngest, told me this morning that he had more fun last night here. When I asked, “More fun than what?” He replied: “More fun than watching T.V. or even getting a new toy.” Wow. That is saying a lot!!!


Creativity is a way of living life, no matter what our vocation, or how we earn our living.

– Madeline L’Engle
Walking on Water


Since I’ve been neglecting this page, I’m posting a few new quotes all at once.

A friend of mine told me this today, after expressing how concerned she was that her daughter might be getting in trouble at school even though she hadn’t heard from the teacher. She knows her daughter well enough to know that she is a talker and a free spirit. She decided to ask her daughter if she had gotten a yellow light or a red light at school. (The disciplinary method they use.)

Friend: Lucy, have you had your stoplight moved off of green?

Lucy: I don’t want to talk about it. (Mind you, she is in kindergarten.)

Friend: Yes, I think we WILL talk about it right now.

Lucy: uuuug, okay! Well, I have had the stoplight moved from green to yellow.

Friend: How many times>

Lucy: Are we done now?

Friend: How many times?

Lucy: Two times. But Mommy, God made me a forgetting girl so when it was free time I ran to the little crib with the doll because I knew this other girl wanted to play with it, too.

Friend: What happened the second time your stoplight was moved from green to yellow?

Lucy: I told you I am a forgetting girl.


My cousin to his son: Hey Cole, there’s a drawbridge coming up soon.

Cousin: Oh look, there it is.

Cole: But where is the coloring bridge?

Cousin: The what?

Cole: You said we were going to see a coloring bridge.

Cousin: ooooh, Not that kind of “draw.”

THEN, in that same family, their little girl threw up one night at the lakehouse. After she had vomited a few times, she sat upright and said: “I’m done sicking.”


The other day my son’s kindergarten teacher was reading the story of Joseph and his colorful coat. When she read the part that said his brothers hated him, one little girl cried out, “I would NOT want to live in THAT world. I would kill myself if I had to live in THAT world.” Then she paused for a second and thinking out loud she said, “Actually, I would just go live on Noah’s Ark.”

After reading about the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the teacher asked the children to tell her how they could tell the oldest Billy Goat apart from the middle or the youngest one. Some of them mentioned that he was bigger and that his hair was longer. Then, a little girl who just happens to be a twin said, “I know how…. we can tell he’s the oldest because he came out of the egg first.”


Today as picked up my kids from school, one of them noticed that I hadn’t straightened my hair. When I get out of the shower and let it dry naturally, it curls up or goes wavy… and unfortunately it’s easier to see the gray hairs. One of them commented on the gray hairs. As we pulled up to the local gourmet shop, I said, “I hope I can buy brown sugar here.” Without skipping a beat, my 10-year-old son muttered, almost under his breath, “I hope you can buy some brown hair here.” I burst out laughing. It WAS mean… but funny.


Saw this quote in Soujourner’s magazine. Love it. Want to live it.

Jesus had a remarkable way of being a friend to every person he met. We sense in him the ability to welcome the stranger, to find the hidden gift in those others called sinners, to strengthen the ability of the loving to love more. He loved some by confronting them with the ways in which they were unloving and exploitative of others. He challenged the hypocritical in those who made it their right to judge others with constant reminders that we not only must not but cannot judge another He found important ways to invite all to discover and cherish the lovable in themselves.
– Paula Ripple
Called to Be Friends


Tina Fey in “Baby Mama”: Omg, my avatar is dressed like a ‘ho.’


Me to 6 y.o. Jaden: Shut the door.

Jaden, carrying something in each arm: I can’t; I’m full of hands.


3 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. Sue


  2. Sue

    Kevin and I are laughing so hard at these quotes. Kevin just keeps saying “we need more kids, we need another boy”! lol! Also he says “those House boys are so cool”.

  3. Tammy Bonewitz Smith

    10/23/07: You can’t make this stuff up! Thanks for the belly laugh!

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