Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

from two supergirls!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bye bye!

Guess who is saying her first word?

And just to be sure she's not outdone by her younger sister, Caroline is showing off her speaking skills too.

In other Caroline-related news, I have a few Caroline-isms to share:

We were in the car on the way to school the other day and out of the blue Caroline said, "Hey Mama, know what? I'm not afraid of Armadillo's" Hmm. Okay.

There are a couple of words that Caroline uses that are really not the proper way to use them, but they are endearing because they are so "her." I know she'll grow out of them soon, and I probably should correct her speech, but I can't bring myself to just yet.

Instead of saying "so", Caroline says "for". Where the correct thing to say would be, "I need you to go get dressed so we can leave on time", Caroline would say, "I need you to go get dressed for we can leave on time."

And instead of saying "really", Caroline says "very." Where the correct thing to say would be, "I really want that Barbie", Caroline would say, "I very want that Barbie."

As we're walking down the road of kindergarten applications, I am sure it would be wise to help her make those words corrections, but there is something really endearing about the little four-year-old speak that makes me smile when she talks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Early morning run down

So, if you were to walk in the door at our house at about 6:30 or so on any given morning, here's what you'd see:

Caroline drawing.

And smiling.

Charlotte eating toast.

Lots of toast (please note the double fisting she has going on). Not to mention yogurt, cheerios, puffs, some kind of fruit, and of course, a bottle. Girl loves to eat! Her sister on the other hand, not so much. Give her some white paper and a bunch of crayons (or as she calls them, "craylons") and markers, and she's good to go.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15, 2009

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Some of us open our eyes each day to remember, but knowing that so many are praying and remembering alongside us today means more than words can express.

I wish I had some meaningful words to share today, but they just aren't coming. These women (and this one), however, did a fine job and if you click on over, you'll be blessed by their words. I would really appreciate you joining me today especially in praying for those presently enduring and grieving the loss of a child.

Grace and peace.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

Career aspirations

Tonight when I was putting Caroline to bed I was rubbing her back for a few moments, and she sleepily said, "Hey Mama, you know what?" I replied, "No, Caroline, what?" She continued, "When I grow up I'm going be a builder. And a cooker. And a worker. And a doctor. And a cleaner. And a mama."

I love how her little heart comes out in those moments. Caroline is truly one of the the most helpful children I've ever known. I know I'm biased, but she genuinely wants to serve others and gets true joy out of helping. When we are baking together or when she is helping me unload the dishwasher or sweep the floor, you would think I was treating her to an ice cream sundae. Her face is abeam with the biggest smile because she enjoys being part of helping me do something. Anything. Her sharing her dreams with me and that smile are the reminder I need to enjoy those times when she wants to help, when really it would be easier to do it alone.

Caroline is an extremely sensitive, very emotionally adept little girl, so as a result, I have to be very careful how I respond to her. I have to think before I decide whether to tell her "no" about something. The question I started asking myself when Caroline was about 18 months old is, "Is this important enough for me to say no and stick with it?"

If there is really no good reason for saying no (like when she wants to help me unload the dishwasher; she is able to help, she won't get hurt, and the only thing it costs me is a few extra minutes and a lesson in patience), then I try to be really diligent about saying yes. I want to cultivate that helping, caring spirit in this little gift God has allowed me to care for and not quench the spirit that makes her who she is and who she will be.

One of my most frequent prayers as a mother is, "God please give me wisdom to raise these girls well and the patience to let your will be done in them and not mine." I think that as adults we lose sight of the journey because we are so focused on the destination. I have my list of "to-dos" and I just want to get through it, but Caroline sees each thing on that list as something else she can be part of. No offense to the wonderful women who taught me in my school years, but Caroline is definitely the best teacher I've encountered in life thus far.