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Magic Boy and Super Sitter

It’s hard to believe how quickly our kids grow.  This picture was taken the first day of school (this year), and I think they’ve grown another few inches since then.  A couple of weeks ago, we took the kids with us to visit Grove City College for Homecoming and Leanne’s 15th Class Reunion.  Leanne and I felt especially “older” as our kids were clearly the oldest kids among Leanne’s classmates.

One of the cool things about our visit was how our friends’ kids were attracted to our kids.  When we were walking over to line up for the parade, one of our friends’ kids ran up to Isaac and said, “Hey Magic Boy, do a magic trick!”  And he was completely serious.  He had been to our home a month or two prior to homecoming and remembered Isaac doing magic tricks for the kids.  Leanne and I often remark to each other how much of a performer our son can be.  He loves to put on shows for people.  He is the first to jump on the piano or to take out his trumpet when guests come over.  We sometimes wonder what Isaac will do when he grows up.  Perhaps, he’ll be the ring master for a circus, a musician, or a preacher or worship leader.  It’s fun to imagine as we watch our son bloom.

At Grove City, most of the kids were attracted to Hannah.  And many of the parents were putting bids on Hannah to come to their homes over the summer to watch their kids.  Hannah is a leader and a care-giver.  She knows how to take charge and how to have compassion.  She had the opportunity to hold a baby, and it was fun to watch her as the baby fell asleep in her arms.  She also was the leader for the preschoolers and elementary kids as they made up games and did crafts together.  Leanne and I often say that Hannah will have an interesting future.  Will she be a teacher, a missionary, a mom, or president of some organization?  Like her brother, it’s fun to watch as our daughter matures and becomes a young lady.

As we watch our kids grow, we have come to know and realize that time goes so quickly.  Each moment is precious as they fly by before our eyes.  It’s for this reason that I often say that Paul’s call in Colossians to “make the most of every opportunity” was about sharing our faith, but it’s also a great reminder to take advantage of the time we have with our kids.  Walking around Grove City College a couple of weeks ago with our kids was a huge reminder that our kids will be venturing to college before we know it.  We need to make the most of these days we have with “Magic Boy” and “Super Sitter.”

What characteristics and gifts to you see developing in your children?  What are you doing to make the most of the opportunities you have with your children?


October 4, 2011 - Posted by | experiences, family, life, looking back, parenting, thoughts, Uncategorized


  1. Love this post Jon. Very “real”.

    Caleb is very strong willed. He is a boy boy…and will be a man’s man. (hopefully more handy then his daddy)
    BUT, he is also very affecionate, loves to give hugs and kisses…then he kicks you. lol…j/k…but you get the personality….I don’t know what i see caleb as yet…he is only 3….but it will be very interesting watching him develop….

    Emily is a genius…my genius…she is in kinder….and she already knows some 2nd grade level stuff….I see her as a lawyer….really! ….she is always looking for her own interests (which is kinda scary…gotta keep watching this to make sure it doesn’t fall the the dark side) ….she has to have everything planned for the week. Everything has to be in order….she has to know how many hours she has to sleep, play, watch Tv, ….she HAS to be in control….YIKES!….

    I love my kiddos…

    Comment by Arny Sanchez | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hey Jon, it’s pretty cool when you turn around and you’re kids have grown into young adults. Well, not the clothes buying thing, but other than that, it’s pretty cool. Looks like you have a solid, happy family. So happy for you!

    Keep on Rockin my friend!!

    Take care,

    David Haines

    Comment by David Haines | October 4, 2011 | Reply

    • David,

      Thanks for joining the discussion and the community! I agree the growing thing is cool except for the whole clothes purchasing thing. It seems like we buy are kids clothes and they’ve out grown them within a week.

      Comment by jonstolpe | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. I have such a wide range of emotions right now… What great grandkids we have!
    How I love my sons and daughters I have gained when our boys were married. How wonderful it is to see what great parents you have become. I sure am proud of you all!

    This morning, I had other emotions when I attended Disciples Women at First Christian Church. Norm is an interim pastor there for a while. One lady shared a devotional, which really was applicable to me and my life.

    Thank you for being our family…Wish we could have time with you. You are all precious to us.


    Mom and Grandma

    Comment by Mom | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  4. It’s beautiful to watch our children unfold under the mercy and righteousness of God! I love that we get to come alongside of them and partner with God to nurture the gifts he’s placed in their hearts. I’m starting to see loyalty, compassion and creativity unfold more and more in my son and it excites me to see how that will play out in his life. You’re kids sound amazing and if Hannah lived closer I’m sure I’d be bidding on her services as well!

    Comment by Beck | October 5, 2011 | Reply

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