Super Interesting Facts You Need to Know

Earthworms have five hearts.

Ladybugs squirt smelly liquid from their knees when they get scared.

If you run in the rain, you will get about 50% wetter than if you stand still.

These fascinating tidbits of information are directly from a book that my mom gave Caleb for Christmas–Weird but True, 300 Outrageous Facts (from National Geographic Kids).  Did you know that about ladybugs?  I didn’t even know they had knees, let alone the ability to squirt stuff from them.

I kind of wish I could squirt smelly liquid from my knees when I get scared.  I think that might be super useful.  Sadly, I lack the ability.

How do we know any of this stuff is true?  I could dig up an earthworm and dissect it, looking for all five hearts.  I could examine ladybugs for smelly knees.  I could run in the rain and see if I’m wetter than when I stood still.  But I think we all know I’m not going to do any of those things.  I’m going to take National Geographic’s word for it, like most sane Americans.

This brings me to the Bible I have sitting on the table next to me.  This particular edition has almost two-thousand pages of Scripture and notes, all teaching me things about God that I wouldn’t know otherwise.  Things like:

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:24, NIV)

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  (Psalm 8:1)

And the best of all:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  (John 3:16-17)

So here we have verses about God’s protection, His glory, and His deep, sacrificial love for us.  How do we know any of them are true?  I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but when faced with doubt I take one step in faith.  One step of obedience and trust.  And then God takes a giant leap towards me, proving himself faithful.  I take one more baby step and He proves himself again.

He has never let me down!  He proves His Word to be true over and over.  My prayer for you today is that you will experience this same comfort and love as He proves himself to you.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:1 & 6)

An Interview with My Six Year Old Son

I’ve already interviewed my husband and our daughter, and I couldn’t leave out our quirky and funny little boy.  Interviewing a six year old is sort of interesting; I hope this makes sense!

Mom: Caleb, how old are you?

Caleb: Six.


Mom: What grade are you in?

Caleb: I’m in first grade. 


Mom: What is your favorite part of school?

Caleb: Ummmm….lunch time.  But I don’t know why.

(Mom’s note—it’s his favorite time because he gets to see his beloved mother while she works, I’m sure.)


Mom: What else do you like about school?

Caleb: Recess time.


Mom: Who do you play with at recess?

Caleb: Zander.


Mom: What do you play?

Caleb: We just fight.  There’s some bad guys and some good guys.  Hahahaha!


Mom: What book have you been reading lately?

Caleb: A cookbook- The Basics and More Cookbook.

(Mom’s note—and when we say “reading” I mean he’s read me every ingredient of every recipe until I finally hid the book.  Because I just couldn’t take it anymore!)


Mom: What part have you been reading?

Caleb: The breakfast section.  And I read some of the Bread and Yeast part.

(Mom’s note—he sure did.  Yes indeedy.)


Mom: Which recipe sounded the best to you?

Caleb: Caramel Pancakes. 


Mom: What else do you like to read about?

Caleb: Star Wars.


Mom: What is your favorite Star Wars movie, and why?  Who is your favorite character?

Caleb: Episode 3—Revenge of the Sith.  Obi-Wan Kenobi.

(Mom’s note—we have been living and breathing Star Wars for three months now.  He’s watched all the movies with his dad, because his sister and I just don’t quite get them.  This does not stop him from telling us, in detail, about the movies and then making us watch select scenes.)


Mom: What does Obi-Wan do?

Caleb: Fight. That’s all I can think of, because he fights a lot.


Mom: Audrey gets to stay up an hour later than you do each school night.  How do you feel about that?

Caleb: Sad.


Mom: Can you say John 3:16 for me?

Caleb: “John 3:16 for me.”  (That is a direct quote, I swear.)

Mom:  “No, you goose.  Quote the verse from memory!”

Caleb:  (Looking up at the blackboard where we have it written…) “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begone Son, that whoever believes in Him shall never perish?  But have eternal life.  John 3:16.” 


Mom: Can you show everyone that Lego thing you’re building?  What is it?  

Caleb: It’s a fighting group.  They fight a lot.  I don’t know why, though.  Like bad guys.  This is a robot.  I have two robots and a guy in a ship. (Holding them up one by one…)  I made this as a robot, this is a ship, this is a boat, and this is a guy in a little gunning ship.

(Mom’s note—someone please tell me this obsession with fighting happens with all little boys.  Because I swear that his dad and I don’t run around the house fighting.)


Mom: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Caleb: Candy store man, and a doctor.  A dentist.  A librarian.  A hair cutting guy.  Oh, I’ve got one more.  I want to be a hotel man.

(Mom’s note—as long as these careers make enough money to support us in our old age, his dad and I don’t care.)


And there you have it, the final installation in my “Let’s Interview the Family and Put It On the Internet” section of the blog.  But be prepared—now I plan on interviewing friends and other relatives…you could be next.  Who wants to be interviewed??  Let me know and I’ll put you on the list.