The opportunity arose for my cousin Karen and her husband John to tour Israel and I was honored to be asked to baby-sit their four boys at their home in NC. Realizing that I needed help, I asked my friend Emma Isitt from Oregon to come with me because of her zeal for working with children and like-minded desire to encourage them in righteousness.
We were blessed with safety on the drive down and were warmly welcomed when we arrived. The days that followed were filled with wonder, excitement and discovery! It truly was a joy because of the Godly training the children have received in displaying good manners and playing together kindly.
The time passed quickly reading stories, flying kites and playing invisible baseball with our big helper Josh (6), giving horsey and piggy back rides to Caleb (4), and holding the sweet twins Jonathon and David (2) who loved “helping out” and playing peek-a-boo.
It was amazing to see all the character qualities the boys demonstrated. They greeted us with enthusiastic good mornings when we finally let them get up. Josh was diligent in his school work. Caleb patiently waited for meal time and contentedly played by himself. They all exercised responsibility in cleaning up their toys.
One evening we were having a marvelous time playing Bible charades. It was all very exciting from Goliath crashing to the floor off of his step stool to rocking back and forth in an armchair on the stormy Sea of Galilee. To everyone’s great disappointment, bedtime came which meant clean up time. So to break the monotony of normal bedtime routine, we announced “Grand Inspection”. If their rooms passed inspection they would get a “Grand Surprise”. The anticipation mounted as everyone enthusiastically put away their toys. With imaginary magnifying glasses in hand Emma and I inspected every nook and cranny. When they passed with flying colors, we gathered in the kitchen to announce the “Grand Surprise” (drum roll please) ICE CREAM!!! (Cheers and wild clapping!) What fun!