And how has he been doing at our Rule of 7?
Well, if you ask Luke about how he has been loving God, he will say, “I haven’t been loving God.” This would break my heart completely (and admittedly disturbs me), if his actions did not speak differently. For, yes, Luke protests going to Mass, often tells me he said his morning prayers in his head “already” and, at times, refuses to join us in verbal grace before meals. But, he also demonstrates interest in both learning about and practicing his faith. He thoroughly enjoys (and even requests) Bible songs, prayers and stories at Morning Circle time, and he sometimes includes his own versions of these in his dramatic play times. So, hope remains: Our little man evidences love of God even if he obstinately refuses to speak of it lately.
Indeed, inside over the past couple weeks, his favorite playthings seem to be dinosaur figurines, Little People figures and Mega Bloks. Luke spends long periods constructing walls, castles, homes, volcanoes – you name it – with the blocks to enact all variety of dinosaur dramas in. Just the other morning, he strung a long lace with wooden beads to add to one of these structures and started balancing little dinos across it, saying it was a log to help them cross the "scariest beyond”. How fun it is to watch Luke’s skills and imagination come together like this. It is truly a treat when we take the time to let him lead play – or simply observe him at play.
With all the play, work and learning, Luke definitely loves movement each day. Although he has yet to truly master tricycling and jumping, he is improving at both, and he certainly gets plenty of exercise both with focused "heavy work" -- including vestibular and proprioceptive activities -- and simply playing freely as a curious 4+ year old boy!
We are truly thankful for our little man. What are you thankful for today? Link up at Spiritually Unequal Marriage to share.