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Friday, February 1, 2013

Afraid of the Dark?


Five Minute Friday

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Here are my five minutes on: AFRAID

This Christmas brought two fuzzy, light-bearing creatures into our home.  One a little turtle with a hard shell back now named Twilight and the other a light brown puppy now named PuttPutt.  

They are here with the intent of offering comfort.

And sleep

To us all!

Has it worked?  No!

The blue and green and yellow stars that light up the sky of my little guy’s room, much like Max’s room that becomes the wide world all-around before he sails off to the wild things, are there to calm.

But every morning, or earlier, we awaken to a small body planted firmly on our mattress.  He doesn’t seem afraid most nights, but who really knows the mind of a 4 year old, anyway.
So I dream that these lights will one day help him to stay in bed all night.

I’m afraid it may take a while, though!

Time!

Now it's your turn!



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    1. Thanks! Glad you stopped by for a visit.

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  2. Oh those little furry creatures seem so comforting and safe. I guess they don't compare to a momma. Treasure the days anyway, some day, I promise, he will stay in his bed.

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  3. Oh the acrobats we do as parents to beg, borrow and steal just a little more sleep! Love this!

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    1. Yes, begging, I do that a lot. :)

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  4. I'm smiling:) You are such a dear soul!

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad I made you smile.

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  5. :) love this! Been there too!! It always made us laugh when we would wake up and wonder how and when they snuck in:)

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    1. They develop stealth techniques that a Navy Seal would envy. I'd rather him do that than wake me up getting in. :)

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  6. Oh, sweet Max!! You and the "Big guy" are such wonderful parents. I love that he knows where he is secure- I don't love that for you, mind you, but it is a beautiful picture none-the-less!

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    1. This is one determined little boy. Tenacity is definitely one of his strengths, now if we can just get him to use his powers for good. Thank you so much for your encouraging spin!

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  7. Believe it or not, there will come a day when you will miss them sneaking in and curling up in the bed! Loved this! ...and aren't we just the same? - or shouldn't we be? When we are afraid - to quietly run to safety in the Presence of our Father! Thanks for stopping by my blog... and yes, hopefully we can 'meet up' next Thursday!

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    1. I know - on all accounts! Momentary comfort drives more of our life than it should, doesn't it?

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  8. Oh I remember the mornings waking up to an arm in my face of a knee in my back wondering how and when my little man had snuck into our bed. Most times he wouldn't even remember coming in. Thanks for sharing your mommy moment friend. Blessings.

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    1. You know! Glad I could bring back those memories.

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  9. Hahah! Love it! Just when we think we've got it figured out, that light up turtle takes over ;) Wrote about a similar theme for my "Afraid" post today--we are on the same wavelength this week, sister!

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    1. I just wish the turtle and the puppy could convince him to just go back to sleep. :)

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  10. I can so relate. My 6 and 7 years old still find a way to burrow under me in the middle of the night, even though I moved them together in the same room to prevent them from being afraid in the middle of the night. Oh well, I'll try to enjoy this season of vulnerability and closeness while I can. I'm so glad I found this post on the FMF link up.

    Osheta
    http://osheta.blogspot.com/2013/02/five-minute-friday-crazy-jesus-werent.html

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    1. So glad you stopped by. I have a feeling that by the time he's 12 he'll have none of this!

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  11. Awww, poor guy! It must get old having your little one in your bed by the time he's 4... Good luck! If it helps, you can tell him that some grownups (me!) would love his night lights. They sound cool!
    Nikki
    rushedmommy.com

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    1. We've been at this for 2 1/2 years now. Thankfully, we've had 2 nights in a row of uninterrupted sleep. Praise God for that! there is a reason sleep deprivation is used as torture. :) I don't think he would part with Twilight or PuttPutt. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. oh we are so kindred! my oldest is four and I consider it a success when he stays in his bed all night. my hubby considers it a bonus when he ends up in ours. because he gets the confirmation that he knows who to come to when the darkened corners of the unknown strike. hubs might be on to something...I might find another thing to worry about when my boy stops seeking me out when he feels alone...

    love and hugs to you, girl!

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    1. So glad you get this - I think a lot of us do! We have been blessed with 3 straight nights of sleep. It's good for all of us! I definitely want him coming to us with his worries, but I also want him to learn good sleep habits.

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