Molli came into my room dragging her sleepy feet and held her purple hippo by the foot as I was finishing getting ready this morning. Her bed head was charming and her sleepy voice greeted me, “I waked up early today Mommy, the sun is still black.” Obviously the sun is not black, but it’s just rising later so her usual 7:45 is no longer met with glorious sun. I smiled at her sweet pretence and led her to Gavin’s room where he was waiting to be rescued from his crib.
Excitement overtook him as he saw us enter his room and be began bouncing as well as he can with squeals and shrieks of delight. He handed me his little doggy blankie and acknowledged all the good things he did in his bed. The projector and mobile were playing their clashing tunes and Gavin motioned to each with a point and a “da!” as if to show me what a big boy he is that he can strike up the band himself.
Following a diaper change, Gavin demanded to be fed immediately, as usual. Molli slowly obliged but truthfully food is a bore to her. Unless it’s sweets, she couldn’t care less about meals and generally only participates for the social aspect. She is totally my daughter. My kids couldn’t be more opposite in this way. Gavin devoured at least twice what Molli nibbled on and I set them both free to play for a few minutes, pointing out that the sun was coming up.
I got Gavin dressed and realized that Molli wasn’t in her room playing. I looked over and found her sitting quietly on a stool in front of the sliding glass doors that face the back yard. She was sitting there with her purple hippo just watching. A gorgeous red and pink sunrise filled the sky and she knew that it was special. I don’t know how long she sat there but I let her just be. Finally, she turned to me and declared, “God makes things so beautiful!”
All I can do is smile. She makes me pause and appreciate the beauty that is everywhere. The other day we were on a walk and she started talking about how much she loved being outside. She danced around spinning in circles, facing the sky with her arms up and her actual words were, “I love this store! This nature store that God made for me!” I don’t know why she called it a store, but it made me laugh. She’s my little hippie child, my free spirit! I’m glad that she knows to attribute all this goodness to God and I desperately hope that she always acknowledges the beauty surrounding her.
Today I’m inspired to appreciate things a little more. I appreciate that she sings at the top of her lungs in the car and Gavin sings “la la la la” right along with her. I appreciate that Gavin still wants me to hold him most of the time. I appreciate the big toothy grin he gives me and the squishy cheeks (oh those cheeks!) that I get to kiss whenever I want! I appreciate Molli’s desire to be active but also to sit and read books together. I appreciate the family I have, the home we live in and relationships that are beginning to blossom. I am tremendously blessed!