My Two-Year Old Grandson and an Evening with Alexa

I love my two-year old grandsons. Not long ago I was getting preparing to read Enzo a bedtime story. He shrugged off suggestion after suggestion. No Cat in the Hat. No Digger Dozer Dumper. Finally I realized, he was asking for Alexa.


“Grandma’s here to read, Enzo, and you’re asking for Alexa.” Yep, Alexa.

“Alexa, read Cat in the Hat.” “I’m sorry. Cat in the Hat is not in your library.”

“Alexa, read Digger Dozer Dumper.” “I’m sorry. Digger Dozer Dumper is not in your library.”

“Alexa, play lullabies” “I have five.”

Enzo looked at me, all smiles. In minutes he was asleep, knowing he’d outsmarted his grandma.


Enzo is surrounded by people who love him, talk to him, play and walk with him. I’m not concerned about his socialization, but it did make me wonder about our own interactions with God. Any times when we slip into “command” mode? “God, what’s the forecast?” “God, play a pretty tune today.” “God, how long until…?”

I flinch, because the underlying, not-so-subtle tone is “God, do it.” Not something I would have EVER said to Dad and certainly not something God should EVER hear from me.


I love that lullabies were at the ready for Enzo. I love that God will be with him in every way. He’s there for you and me, too, not because He’s told to be, not because He’s programmed to be, but because He loves us and wants to be.

And our WOLK with God includes words of both loving kindness and great gratitude.

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Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author


Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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