Squirrel’s Birthday Sleepover

Here’s Canon’s 6th Rabbit & Squirrel story. This story refers back to Rabbit Finally Wins (where both rabbit & squirrel build a robot) and Squirrel’s Wonderful Tail (where we learn that the tail is THE pride of a squirrel!) You can read all of Canon’s stories at the following links:

Squirrel’s Birthday Sleepover

It’s November 8, Squirrel’s birthday.

Squirrel: Yahoo! It’s my birthday! Rabbit and I are having a sleepover!
Squirrel calls rabbit…
Squirrel: Let’s have a birthday sleepover!
Rabbit: Okay, let’s do it. When can I come over to your tree?
Squirrel: 5pm. I’ll serve dinner. And I’ll remember to put the ladder out for you.
Rabbit: Okay, it’s settled. I’ll bring a birthday present. Do you want me to bring cake too?
Squirrel: Sure, but you know I love cake, so DON’T FORGET IT!
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Squirrel’s Wonderful Tail

Canon’s written another one… and it’s pretty funny :-) If you’re bored and like reading stories written by 8-year-old boys, then check out his other rabbit and squirrel stories:

Squirrel’s Wonderful Tail

Rabbit wants to play a trick on squirrel.

Rabbit (thinking): Oh, I am going to get squirrel …so bad!
Squirrel: Hi Rab-

Rabbit whips a paint ball out from behind his back and throws it right at squirrel’s tail.

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Rabbit’s Birthday

Canon continues his tales of Rabbit and Squirrel with this latest installment. From now on, it’s important to know a little of the history between rabbit and squirrel! But if you don’t want to take the time to read: Why Rabbit makes Squirrel Run, How Flying Squirrels Came to Be, and Rabbit Finally Wins – just know that in the last story, Rabbit and Squirrel each built a robot.  Rabbit’s robot has a TV in his chest, and squirrel’s robot can make hot cocoa. (Which robot would you like best?)

Rabbit’s Birthday
It’s January 13, rabbit’s birthday.

Rabbit: Yahoo! It’s my birthday baby!!!!!
Squirrel: Yeah, that’s really exciting. I’ve already built you a birthday present.
Rabbit (with a mischievous look on his face): So what is it?
Squirrel: Well, it’s a… whoops! Not supposed to tell.
Rabbit (thinking, “oh come on”): Well, let’s call all of my friends and tell them I’m going to have a birthday party.
Squirrel: How about we say it’s on Saturday, because everyone won’t have presents for you yet, except for me of course.
Rabbit: Okay. I wish I still had my robot (he took it apart so he could build something else). He could go get the phone for me. Guess I’ll go get it for myself.
Squirrel (sighing): Oh fine Rabbit, I’ll go get the phone for you.

Squirrel got the phone and Rabbit calls all of his friends. On Saturday, all of rabbit’s friends come over to rabbit’s burrow.

Rabbit: Welcome to my birthday party! We’re going to play games first.

First, they do rabbit’s favorite game, Leap Frog (because he’s a great jumper). Then they play his friends’ favorite games.

Squirrel: I’ve been waiting for cake the whole time. Can we have cake NOW?
Rabbit: But wait, we haven’t done your favorite game.
Squirrel: My favorite game is that the birthday rabbit blows out the candles and everyone eats the cake.
Rabbit: Okay, it’s settled. We’ll eat the cake.
Squirrel: Thank you. I think I’ve lost a couple of pounds.
All friends: Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Rabbit. Happy Birthday to you.
Squirrel: CHA-CHA-CHA!

Rabbit blows out the candles, and they all dig in. Squirrel eats the most!

Rabbit (thinking… I really can’t wait to open squirrel’s present): Let’s open presents now!

Rabbit opens the presents, but he couldn’t find the present from squirrel.

Squirrel (walking in with a huge box): Anybody looking for a present from me?
Rabbit: Uh, Yeah. I’ve been dying to know what your present is!

Rabbit opens squirrel’s present which is a …….. ROBOT!

Squirrel: Did you like your new robot?
Rabbit: Duh! I loved it!!! Everybody, time for TV!

Rabbit whistles. His robot pops the television out of his chest, and everyone watches ALL the episodes of CARROT WARS. It was rabbit’s best birthday ever.

Rabbit Finally Wins!

Here is Canon’s 3rd installment in his “Rabbit & Squirrel Story Series.” If you haven’t yet, check out his first and second stories too :-)

Rabbit Finally Wins!

The animals are going through an industrial revolution (like the humans did).

Rabbit: Hey Squirrel, I just bought the best building machine ever!!!!
Squirrel: I bought a machine too.
Rabbit: How about we program our building machines to build a robot. Then our friends can vote on which robot has the best function, looks the best and has the best manners.
Squirrel: Okay, but it has to be fair. Our friends cannot know who built which robot, so they will vote for the best robot, NOT the best animal.
Rabbit: Okay, good add-on. Let’s do it!

Rabbit and squirrel both program their machines to build a robot. After about 1 animal month (which equals one day to humans), rabbit comes to squirrel.

Rabbit: Okay Squirrel, I’m finished!
Squirrel: Good, I’ve been waiting two weeks for you. Watch what my robot can do…

Squirrel snaps his fingers, and the robot appears with two cups of hot cocoa in his two metal, claw-like hands.

Rabbit (wide-eyed): WOW! But my robot’s better (and it looks better too!)

Rabbit whistles and his robot shows up, with a TV on his chest. So rabbit and squirrel sit down with their hot cocoa and watch television.

Squirrel: Oh, we were having so much fun that we forgot to invite our friends to vote on the best robot!
Rabbit: Robot, phone please.

His robot hands rabbit the phone. Rabbit calls all of his friends, and kindly lets squirrel use his phone so squirrel could call his friends too. All of the friends gather, and squirrel addresses the crowd of friends…

Squirrel: These are the rules of the vote. You will not know who built each robot. You must vote for the robot that you like the most. There will be two boxes over here by this tree with the picture of each robot on the front. We will give out cards. You will write your name on the card and then place it in the box of the robot you like best. There are pencils between the boxes. LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN!

The robots perform for the friends, and the friends vote. After the votes are counted, Rabbit’s robot wins.

Squirrel: Well you won. I guess it’s fair, since I won the flying competition, and you did say that you would win next time.
Rabbit: Well thanks. I only won by one vote.
Squirrel: I guess animals like television more than hot cocoa!
Rabbit: Well television lasts longer and doesn’t get cold.

How Flying Squirrels Came To Be

Here’s the 2nd installment in Canon’s “Rabbit & Squirrel” Series. This one might be better than the first.  Check it out:

How Flying Squirrels Came To Be

The animals are all trying to make flying machines like the humans did 100 years ago….

Rabbit: I bet I can make the best flying machine.
Squirrel: Bet you can’t. Let’s have a “Build-Off.”
Rabbit: I’m in!
Squirrel: I’m going to tell you the rules:
1. You have a budget of $100. You can’t hire more than two helpers.
2. It has to be your idea. That’s it.

Rabbit: Okay. How long will the “Build-Off” be?
Squirrel: It will be exactly two months (that’s two days in human time).
Rabbit: Starting when?
Squirrel: NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They both scurry off in different directions. Squirrel gathers a bird and a mole (to gather things for him), while Rabbit gets just two other of his rabbit buddies.

…Two days later, Rabbit and Squirrel meet together in the forest.

Rabbit: I’ve got the best flying machine that’s ever been built!! …but I don’t know if it will fly yet.
Squirrel: Well, my flying machine might not look so good, but it will be the future for all squirrels!
Rabbit: Let’s see how both of our machines do in a contest.
Squirrel: You’re on!

Rabbit goes first. After two or three tries, he finally climbs a tree, straps himself into his wooden flying glider and jumps off. He drops like a rock. Thankfully, squirrel had placed a mattress underneath the tree, so rabbit wasn’t harmed.

Then Squirrel climbs up into the tree (with a lot easier time than rabbit had). Squirrel straps two leather wings from front paw to back paw on both sides of his body. He then jumps with his four legs spread as wide apart as possible. Because of his leather wings, he glides 100 yards (more or less).

Rabbit: Well… You fairly won my friend.
Squirrel: Thank you. Yours did pretty well too. (He had to be nice, didn’t he?)
Rabbit: Well… I’ll win next time!!!

Rabbit & Squirrel Stories

A couple of months ago, Canon had a composition assignment to write a dialogue between a rabbit and a squirrel.  He had so much fun, he decided he wanted to start a series of stories about Rabbit and Squirrel.  Well, he’s gone crazy lately.  He’s written five stories, and he has ideas for 3 more. They’re actually pretty funny. Here’s his introduction to Rabbit and Squirrel…

Why Rabbit Makes Squirrel Run

A rabbit and a squirrel see what looks like a UFO in the sky. As they are backing away, they bump into each other.

Rabbit: What in the world is that?
Squirrel: I have no idea. I guess it could be one of those flying plates that you see humans reading about in their comic books.
Rabbit: You mean with those “so-called aliens” and stuff?
Squirrel: Yeah!
Rabbit: RUN!!!!!!!

They run as fast as they can, a ½ mile or so.

Squirrel (while panting): Do you think we ran far enough?
Rabbit: Tell me if it’s right behind us.
Squirrel (while panting): OK, I’m telling you. IT’S RIGHT BEHIND US!!!!

Because squirrel is tired, they run ¼ mile this time.

Squirrel (while panting): Now is it gone?
Rabbit: Yes, it’s gone. It might have been a rain cloud.
Squirrel (while panting): You mean we did all that running for nothing!!!
Rabbit: No, I’m just saying that it MIGHT have been a rain cloud.
Squirrel (while panting): OK, I’m tired. I’m going home now.
Rabbit: I’m not tired – just hungry. I think I’ll run over to the farmer’s house and steal some cabbage and carrots.

The End.

P.S. It really was a rain cloud.

Squirrel (while panting): I can’t believe that rabbit made me run so far – FOR A RAIN CLOUD. I’m gonna go beat him up.

A deposit… of things to come

I was just outside playing basketball against Canon and Kate. I was guarding Canon, and Canon yells, “Down low, Kate – go low.” Canon and I turn around to see Kate kneeling down “low” to the ground. We both burst out laughing. For you basketball newbies, “Go low” means go toward the goal and be ready for the ball. We were playing while Eric was inside putting Anne to bed. (And now Eric is playing basketball with Canon while I stay inside with Anne…)

This is just one example of how the dynamics have changed within our family. Because Anne gets so tired in the evenings AND because of her disability… Canon and Kate are together alot.

In the beginning, this was difficult because Canon projected his grief onto Kate. There was lots of bickering. Now that Canon understands the true source of his grief, he has prayed for his relationship with Kate to improve – (which is AMAZING. My jaw almost hit the floor when I heard him praying for that!)

The other day Canon said, “God has changed my heart towards Kate. I really like playing with her now.” It’s true. They have so much fun together!

Even though their relationship is wonderful, and brings me much joy… lately I’ve been more aware of Anne’s absence in their play – which has made me sad.

Last night, Anne had an extra boost of energy, so she was able to stay up later with Canon and Kate. Instead of two kids playing, it was three. They were all wrestling and tickling each other on the living room floor. There were lots of squeals and laughter.

As I watched the THREE of them playing, I felt especially aware that this was God’s gift to me – a deposit, if you will – of things to come.

It is so hard to accept this new life God has given us. I’m tired of feeling sad. I just want to submit and accept and move on. I still feel like God’s hand is pressing me down into grief – like I have more work to do – more wrestling. It WILL end, and God will help us to submit and rest – all in His timing.

We covet your prayers…

  1.  for comfort and rest for Anne – that she would know God’s love for her
  2. for perseverance for Anne – and for all of us :-)
  3. that we could find joy in her current recovery and trust God for her future (instead of worrying about it).
  4. And for God to continue His healing work in Anne!

THANK YOU! -kathryn

“Terrific Kid”

Award Day at school

Anne received an award at school today! She was recognized as a “Terrific Kid” who demostrates “a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship.”

Canon is a proud big brother

Anne’s teacher was very kind to give this award to Anne as a means of encouragement to her and to us, her family! We were all present and watched as Anne received her award in front of the PreK, K and 1st graders.

Anne went to her third hippotherapy session today. She LOVES riding and is showing improvement each week :-)

Thank you for your continued prayers.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” Eph. 3:20-21.


I feel like that word describes most of my life right now.

Will Anne ever walk again? Unknown
Will Anne ever NOT need diapers? Unknown
Will Anne ever progress past Kindergarten material? Unknown
Where will Canon and Kate go to school next year? Unknown
Will Anne grow out of her temper-tantrum phase? Unknown
How will God provide for all of our needs? Unknown

I could go on and on and on. I’ve never felt so out of control in my whole life.

From a wide angle perspective, that’s a good place to be… broken and dependent on God’s perfect provision. But from a narrow, nitty-gritty perspective – well, lots of colorful adjectives come to mind, but I’ll just say… it’s hard.

Bottomline… I’m struggling with trust. Sweet Canon was weeping over Anne the other day, and I go into my speech about how we are in a dark tunnel, and it’s a hard place to be, but the tunnel WILL END, and God is with us in the tunnel. And Canon just cried, “But I don’t feel Him in the tunnel. Where is He?” And I just held him tight and said nothing, because I’ve been feeling the same way.

Truth vs. feelings… Do we trust in the staff of God’s word? I will never leave you or forsake you… I am with you always. I delight over you. Have I not commanded you…be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? I lift my eyes up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from You, maker of heaven and earth.

Thank you to everyone I see that tells me that you follow us on Caring Bridge. It’s a reminder to me that we are not alone on this journey, but we have myriads of God’s people praying for us.

Would you please pray for the following:

  1. That there would be an end to diapers. That Anne would learn to use the potty again.
  2. That Anne would gain endurance and not get SO tired and difficult in the evenings.
  3. That Anne’s attention and impulsivity would continue to improve.
  4. That Anne’s desire to break the rules would wane, and her desire to obey and do what is best would improve.
  5. That Anne would sense God’s presence and know His love for her
  6. That God would give us wisdom for Canon & Kate’s schooling.

Finally, Anne has been talking alot about what she wants to be when she grows up. Amazingly, her list of professions is the same as it was before the accident. She either wants to be a “cooker” or a “teacher.” Cooking and playing school were her favorite activities this time last year. In fact, the morning of the accident, Anne had taken over the entire kitchen creating one of her crazy concoctions. It was almost time to pick up Kate from pre-school, and I said, “Anne, we have to leave soon. Please clean up EVERYTHING…now.” And she obeyed immediately, with no complaints. Sweet, precious Anne. I’ve been praying lately, that she would grow up to be a teacher. I would love it, if others prayed that for Anne too :-)

Thank you! -kathryn

A child’s grief

Anne has started showing more signs of self awareness, and she’s also asking some difficult questions…

“I’m sad that i have a brain injury, dada.”
“Mama, I’m sad that i can’t walk.”
“Daddy, why did God let me get hurt in the accident?”

And Canon has begun to process his grief….

Weeping, Canon said, “I cant imagine Anne ever getting better. I can’t imagine her ever walking. I just want things to go back to the way they were before the accident. I want to go back to that day and tell you to go a different way, mommy.”

There are no easy answers for our 6 and 8 year old children. They reflect my own questions and grief. God in his goodness has met us in our grief and uncertainty. And he will continue to walk us through this tunnel to the end.

Please pray for us as we seek wisdom and comfort.
Thank you :-) -kathryn