After our company left last weekend, we decided to have some family time to reconnect with each other. Jeff built us a campfire out in our woods, and we relaxed around it and interviewed each other until well past dark.
Question 1 (Mom): What was great about having company?
Dad: Loved that Elias warmed up to him so well.
Mom: Loved spending time with family.
James: Loved Elias's admiration of his fighting skills.
Jonathan: Loved having Lyla and Livie to play with all the time.
Question 2 (James): What are your three favorite songs?
James: "Perry the Platypus" from Phineas and Ferb, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, and "It's Our House Now" by the Disney Villains.
Jonathan: "Yakko's World" from Animaniacs, "Higitus Figitus" from Sword in the Stone, and "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.
Mom: "Take a Chance on Me" by Abba, "O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus" as performed by Enfield, and "The Love I Have for You" by Jeff Frame.
Dad: "Lead Me" by Sanctus Real, Derek's Depravity Songs, and "If I Stand" by Rich Mullins.
Question 3 (Jonathan): What are your three favorite TV shows or movies?
Jonathan: Animaniacs, all Looney Tunes, and Phineas and Ferb.
James: Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension, all Star Wars, and most Disney movies.
Mom: Almost all musicals, all Jane Austen movies, and Getting Married in Buffalo Jump.
Dad: The Matrix trilogy, adventure movies like National Treasure and the Indiana Jones movies, and heist movies like Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job.
Question 4 (Dad): Name three sports you don't like, and three sports you like.
Dad: Doesn't like figure skating, cricket, or cross-country skiing. Likes golf, volleyball, and football.
Mom: Doesn't like curling, sumo wrestling, or boxing. Likes figure skating, baseball, and football.
James: Doesn't like golf, soccer or basketball. Likes dodgeball, baseball, and swimming.
Jonathan: Doesn't like football, hockey, or golf. Likes sumo wrestling, basketball, and baseball.
After the interview, we each picked a song ("It has to be about God," insisted Mom) and had a little bit of family worship.
Jonathan picked "Do It Lord" which we sang at church for a little while. We couldn't remember the verses (something about love overtaking hatred and widows shouting out praise), but we remembered the chorus:
Do it, Lord, we are praying, that Your glory may be seen
This is our prayer, O God, this is our desperate cry
In these days that we're living now
Let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done
James picked "We've Just Met Jesus" from Hotel Bethlehem, the musical the boys are doing at church this season. Neither Jeff nor I had really heard it before, so the boys sang it to us.
Mom picked the arrangement of "Jesus Loves Me" she learned in Young Life, which we frequently sing as a lullaby at bedtime.
Jesus loves me this I know (this I know)
For the Bible tells me so (tells me so)
Little ones to Him belong (Him belong)
They are weak but He is strong (He is strong)
Hallelujah, Hallelu, Hallelujah
Dad picked "Sometimes By Step" by Rich Mullins, another bedtime favorite.
O God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days
Then Jeff prayed for our family, we put out the fire, and we all went to bed. A perfect benediction to a wonderful weekend. Thank you, Jesus.