Then we waited...
The winsome tree began with a simple question. The little ones had dug the tiny black seeds from an apple's core. As they plunked the seeds hopefully in the dirt, I asked:
"What will grow from those seeds?"
"If you plant a lollipop do you think you'll grow carrots?" I asked with a grin.
So, we cut the white stem off of a dum-dum and I thanked the Lord for a fun way to teach a simple Biblical truth.
"Hey, buddy," I said to my little farm boy as we talked about our lollipop plan. "Did you know that Jesus has something to say about planting things?"
Joshua peered out from under the brim of his green John Deer hat.
That three-year-old brow wrinkled up again as my preschooler pondered his mom's words. I prodded a bit more, "So if you plant angry words, what do you think you'll get?"
Josh looked at me and then whispered, "A Mad Brother." Ahh.. we were gaining ground!
"Yup," I agreed. "But if you plant hugs what will you harvest?"
Joshua threw his soft arms around my middle in response.