A Dad Full of Patient Reminders

This is a guest post by Mark Terborg

One Sunday night my oldest daughter at 5 years old was trying to get to sleep. She called out from her room, “Dad, can you read me a Bible story?” What dad in their right mind would say no to that? 😉

I start reading her a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible (highly recommended!). We started reading the story about Jesus teaching not to be like the pharisees who pray really loud and use really big words.

She looked up at me with a big smile and said, “Dad, I think this is the same story we had in kid’s church today!” I told her that, “God must really want us to hear this story! :)” and she giggled.

I was completely excited and so was she! I was excited because it reminded me of so many times in my life where God gives me little clues and reminders that he wants me to focus on something.

I’ve had so many times where God will bring up a verse or topic 2, 3, or even 4 times all within a couple of days or so… through various sources.

I was so excited that God is starting to do that in her life too! I know for certain that GOD LOVES MY DAUGHTER!


Do your kids listen to you the first time you tell them? Neither do mine. Do your kids learn from their mistakes, without you helping them? Neither do mine. God is our loving Dad always reminding us of things through his Word. He isn’t trying to force rules upon us. He is trying to explain and patiently remind us how life works best… Just like we try to do as parents.

God is my Dad who is consistently, patiently, reminding me of things because he LOVES ME! He is showing me that through my kids, and it makes me want to be more like that to my kids.


My oldest is just like me. She loves to be festive! She makes decorations, banners and anything crafty. So the week of the forth we did everything we could think of red, white and blue. We proudly put out our flags and celebrated our independence.

Of course we started with the nails! A priority to the 5 year old.

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After putting out the flags, baking, nails, making signs, making matching bows, and stars and stripes outfits, we were ready to celebrate.


Why doesn’t anyone want to take a picture when we are clean and matching?

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Ok, so she isn’t screaming, but there is still sun in my lens!

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Are we having fun yet??? LOL

I must say, we usually have a happy baby, but she is at that age where she is getting a mind of her own and doesn’t understand – do what mommy says and we can all be happy! 😀


Here’s our happy baby girl!


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They love each other!

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This boy’s brilliant idea…shoot bottle rockets out of his bike handle and call it “bike cannon”.

He sets it all up. Go stands by Mom. Daddy lights it. He is amazed by the explosion and does it over and over!

He is A BOY!

While we girls tried to make pretty designs out of sparklers…



It didn’t go as planned! You need to be lighter experts to pull something like that off. We were too slow.

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And finally our sweet family picture. Minus the baby – she was in bed.

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Just Dad and Mom.

Yes, we are dorks!

They are tiny flags. Can’t you tell?

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A few more of our day. Realized we forgot to take pictures at the pool party. I can’t have a picture of EVERYTHING! 🙂

We had a fun day. We celebrated with family and friends and made more memories.




Helpful Kids

For the last couple of days we have been getting ready for The Fourth of July.  The kids “helped”  me make cupcakes and red, white and blue strawberries.

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This boy loved the blue sprinkles!

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The kids always love to help in the kitchen.

It ends up a huge mess. It takes me twice as long. My patients is tested. They usually end up arguing about who does what. It would be so much easier to put on a movie for them and do it myself!

The kids asked to take pictures of themselves with their cupcakes. They were proud of them. They had fun. We spent time together. We talked.  I showed them how to follow directions.

It was SO worth it!

That is my job. Teach them. Love them. Take time for them.

So, next time they ask to help. I hope I remember it’s worth it!