Today was filled with the tenderest, sweetest moments. Maybe it’s because I knew I’ll be blogging about it later, but today I truly slowed down and noticed the most kindest actions my little toddler did. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones, or God growing my heart just a little bit bigger to allow me to love another baby soon. Regardless, I am thankful that I took the time to notice these tiny acts of pure tenderness from little Sue.
I woke up with my hubby at 5:30 am feeling refreshed and completed a few things online while Sue was still sleeping. When she woke up at 7:30 am we played, had breakfast and made a quick trip to Lowes. Since starting to blog I’ve either been reading too many minimalist articles or thinking to much about preparing for Advent and cleaning out my home and heart, so when I walked into Lowes, filled with Christmas decorations and gadgets and all kinds of things to buy, I was a little repelled. I feel this strong desire to clean my life of anything distracting me from Christ or my family and the thought of buying more stuff to put in my house made me want to turn back and go home. Similar to the feeling you get walking into a buffet restaurant after you just had a large meal.
I returned the bag of fertilizer we did not need and exchanged it for a bag of salt and a gallon of paint, to seal the play yard outside and prevent Sue from getting splinters. A few minutes later we were back home!
We played and she showed me how well she knew where her ears, head, tummy feet, nose and teeth were! So proud of my little girl. I can’t believe she actually understand me! What a little precious human!
She also loves arranging the peg dolls in our bedroom. It’s a great way for us to remember and talk about the saints too! I highly recommend doing a peg doll craft exchange; it’s worth the effort!
She napped. I napped.
After waking up we went to the playroom where she is allowed to play with markers. She knows that only in that room can we draw, as I don’t want to find markers all around the house and prevent her from drawing on furniture. I’ve limited that activity to the play room. But today she was creative and started to draw on her doll house, a hand me down from my sister. Yes, the doll house is in the playroom, but I gently moved her hand and told her to draw on the paper, not on the doll house. She nodded her head in understanding. I was sitting close to her reading a recent post by Jenny from Mama Needs Coffee and when I looked up she was drawing on the doll house and I said in a kind but loud voice, “What are you doing?”. You should have seen her jump almost a foot in the air! She looked at the marker in her hand accusingly, clearly thinking “What are you doing here marker? It was you! You led me into temptation!”. She abruptly threw the marker on the carpet showing her guilt and then proceeded to throw herself on the ground. I found the entire scene very humorous! This was the first time I’ve ‘caught’ her doing something wrong and she knew it! She knew she was doing something she wasn’t allowed to do and she knew she was caught! What a funny experience for me, before today I did not know clearly that she knew right from wrong. I hugged her and cuddled her and all was well with the world again. She felt bad enough.
Daddy came home and we went for a walk and had dinner. Like always, he ended up sharing his dinner with Sue because she thinks his food tastes better, although it’s the same food she had on her plate. Maybe she just likes using the daddy fork instead.
Almost forgot to add this, as John and I were praying the blessing before we ate Sue folded her hands in prayer (so adorable!) and when we made the sign of the cross, she tapped her little heart with her fingers. I just melted, I wish I could bottle up that feeling forever!
Then instead of getting on our computers after dinner, John suggested we read a bit before he had to go to his Bible study. Sue and I played on the carpet as he read to us in her room. It was a sweet and relaxing activity and one I hope to incorporate into our Advent season. I can’t wait to write my post on Advent on all the activities I don’t want to do and how I want to slow down and make room for Christ. So excited about waiting for our Savior!
And now for the most tender moment of my day. As I was sitting by the edge of the bathtub bathing Sue she stood up and ever so gently stroked my face from the side of my eye to under my chin. She did this a few times and just stared at me with her big, sweet, blue eyes. I started tearing up. Again, probably the pregnancy hormones, but goodness, God gave me the most precious little girl. I can feel the love she has inside of her and I see wonderful things in her future. I know she will love Christ immensely and that is my only wish for her, to be immersed in His love.
It was a beautiful day. I am so thankful to Kathryn for suggesting this “Week in the Life” series. It is because I knew I would be blogging later that I was so alert to the sweet moments of my day. Thank you!
Please comment below, this has been by far my most favorite day of the week!