In order to combat the onslaught of self-narcissistic gluttony that constantly assaults those living in these great United States, we talk to our kids often about children who live in the rest of the world without the comforts and blessings we have. When we tuck our kids in at night we pray for children without moms and dads – without houses or food or schools.

In the midst of watching some TV last night, a 3rd world assistance commercial came on. I noticed Eva seemed particularly concerned. But I didn’t say anything, wondering if she’d bring it up later. Some more humorous ads passed before our show came back on, including Terry Crews’ Old Spice commercial (in which his “mind gets blown”).

Finally at dinner Eva brought up the ad she’d seen.

“Daddy, did you see that commercial with those little kids?” she asked.

“Yes, Eva, I did,” I replied.

But before I could go anywhere else with the conversation, Luik added, “Daddy, did you see that commercial with guy’s head exploded?”

And there goes the mood. Jenny and I completely lost it.

Boys will be boys.

The worst part is I thought the commercial was hilarious too. He’s so my son.

As a closing comment, it’s worth noting that Luik is extremely grateful to live in the US. Just the other day he walked in the kitchen and asked, “Daddy, can I go to America someday?” (I think he’s been watching a little too much Fievel Goes West).

“Want to know a secret, Luik?” I knelt down close to him.


“You live in America.”

His jaw dropped and he literally couldn’t talk. ch:



Megan J. · 16 Jan ’12 at 9:21 am

Mood killed… but Eva still got something from it. πŸ™‚

Also, Lui and the America question. He then came into see me, and I asked him “Lui, have you ever been to America?” He looked at me and said, “We live in America! You’re so weird…” And rolled his eyes. Ha!

Love your kiddos! All their seriousness and goofiness included!!

(P.S- Sometime I should tell you about the little talk Eva and I had about friends that don’t believe in Jesus… She is such a bright little girl and is going to do amazing things!!)

    Christopher Hopper · 16 Jan ’12 at 9:32 am

    HAAA! Love it. I’m chuckling behind this keyboard. Thanks for loving my kids so much, Megan.

Beth · 16 Jan ’12 at 9:40 am

I simply adore your kids! They come up with the most random stuff and aren’t afraid to ask questions. My fav thing on a Sunday morning is watching them engage in worship. Eva was so adorable yesterday, as she sang along to me she seemed older than 6.
I’ll never forget the Sunday morning when she asked me to pray for her, them Lui did the same & few minutes later I felt 2 little hands on my back as they prayed for me. They remind me so much of you & Jenny. Keep up the good work, your raising awesome kids. πŸ™‚

    Megan J. · 16 Jan ’12 at 10:01 am

    So true Beth! They are doing a fantastic job! Their kids really do know what’s up. They may be young, but they have a whole lot of Jesus in their heart, and do a great job showing it!

      Christopher Hopper · 16 Jan ’12 at 11:25 am

      “Their kids really do know what’s up.”

      Ha, I like that.

    Christopher Hopper · 16 Jan ’12 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for your kind accounting of them Beth. Means a lot.

reenie · 16 Jan ’12 at 12:50 pm

Eva has a heart already for the needy and lost, It will take her far in the days ahead. Children have a heart for the Father’s compassion. I love it when I see kids reaching out to help others. We should take our cues from them πŸ˜‰ As far as the exploding head…… yea He is YOUR son πŸ˜‰ hahahah! love ya Christopher!

    Christopher Hopper · 16 Jan ’12 at 4:27 pm

    Ha ha, thanks Reenie. Appreciate your words, too.

gabe · 16 Jan ’12 at 1:30 pm

great post, great reminder

bytheway, i just realized you named your main novel character after your son! cool!

    Christopher Hopper · 16 Jan ’12 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks Gabe.

    And yes; but Luik was named after the book Luik.

    gabe · 16 Jan ’12 at 8:03 pm

    oh! lol

Miriam Woodruff · 16 Jan ’12 at 4:17 pm

“Daddy, I’m coming to America soon.” Lololol – Hey, got some cute items if I get a chance to see them. We will need to make a plan! Can’t wait to hear what they might ask me. Should be fun. “:0)

    Christopher Hopper · 16 Jan ’12 at 4:28 pm

    Keep a recorder going when they do. πŸ˜‰

IsabellaKiss · 16 Jan ’12 at 4:38 pm

wow. Luik’s comment about America is just priceless. πŸ™‚

Brian Fetzner · 17 Jan ’12 at 12:08 am

Actually laughing out loud. Kids are great!

Taisia · 19 Jan ’12 at 1:27 am

That’s hilarious! Your kids are so adorable.

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Jan ’12 at 11:40 am

    Thanks! I think they’re pretty cute myself.

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