26 July 2006

Beware, The Holy Sprit


:The Mystery:
We pulled in the driveway one day to this message scrawled before us:

Beware Ellie, Rebekah

go into the bushes

Love,

THE Holy Sprit

These are said bushes.

So, what would YOU do?

I'll tell you what my kids did. They freaked out. For 3 solid days they contemplated this message from the Holy Sprit. "Did The Holy Spirit really write that, Mom?" "Why did he say 'Beware'? What's wrong in the bushes?" "He said to beware but then He told us to go into them. " "Mom, why don't you crawl in there for us and make sure it's safe?" They wouldn't go near those bushes! (Which had previously been a wondrous green land of hideout joy to them.)

:Observations:

1) My eldest daughter needs to quit reading so many Nancy Drew books. "Beware" is a term of keen import to Rebekah this summer. Things always heat up for Nancy when she encounters that word.

2) Apparently God still speaks in signs and wonders. And sidewalk chalk.

3) The Holy Sprit could do with a little spell checking. Unless he really IS the Holy Sprit and not the Holy Spirit. Then I think we're ok.

4) If you want to get someone's attention and invite them to join the fun, "Beware" is probably a poor choice of words.

:The rest of the story:

After I continually denied my children's request to crawl in the forsythia to make sure the coast was clear, they got up enough nerve between the 2 of them to check things out. Lo and behold, they found a lovely picnic area set up for them by the neighbor girl- complete with an old blanket for a rug, 2 lawn chairs to sit on and a basketful of books to read in their little retreat. That Holy Sprit sure is kind!


We're hitting the beach next week so I won't be around, but I'll leave you with this beautiful example of sisterhood.

10 Comments:

Blogger relevantgirl said...

This was such a great post!!!! Made me LOL!!!!

I love that Holy Sprit!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Relevantgirl,
The bushy hideout reminded me of Mara.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

What a great story. It reminded me of a birthday party sleepover I had at a friend's house onece. We watched Nightmare on Elm Street (I know, I know). We happened to look out the front window a little later - about 1am - and there on the front walk were the words "Happy Birthday" scrawled on the sidewalk in blood!

... Ok, well it wasn't really blood, it was red toothpaste but we didn't know that until later. None of us slept that night. The prankster: My friend's older brother.

Oh, I realize now that my story isn't as sweet as yours : ) What a wonderful neighbor to do all that for your girls. And what a fun mystery!

Enjoy the beach!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

What a fun story!

Have fun at the beach! Maybe the Holy Sprit will leave a message in the sand...

Love your blog,
Cyndi

3:55 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

The Holy Sprit! Too funny. But I'm glad it turned out well. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

5:39 PM  
Blogger San said...

I laughed out loud. The photos were the best! Hug those silly girls for me.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

It's amazing what we can learn from children: trusting the Holy Spirit when the risk doesn't make sense.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Donna J. Shepherd said...

Oh, that was a fun post to read. Made me laugh out loud. And I love the pictures. Makes me nostalgic for the times when my little girl and her cousin played so hard they literally fell into bed. Thanks for sharing. - Donna

5:19 PM  
Blogger Donna J. Shepherd said...

I meant to add...I like the name of your blog, and your slogan. Very creative!

5:20 PM  
Blogger nikongirl said...

Erin - that is AWESOME! Totally cool. Probably would freak me out too. I LOVE the photo of your girlies sleeping together. Reminds me of my own. Please share more!
Kimmy

9:21 AM  

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