I really do. It is a tiring job for sure and I have the circles under my eyes to prove it. But, there are those moments that make it all feel so worth it, like I won the lottery of life.
A few favorite moments with MissE this past week include:
1. Watching her read chapter books and I mean speed-read, just like her momma. Her goal was to read a book a day. I think she made it through 4 books and then lost steam. Still, 4 chapter books in 4 days is a feat for a five year old. I can’t wait until she sees what we got her for Christmas. Ssshhhh. It’s the Felicity book series.
2. Taking her to the secret shop at school to buy Christmas gifts for all of us….all by herself.
She was so excited. She wrote out a list and I could tell she was really thinking through what each of us would like. She would randomly ask questions like, “Mom, what is your favorite coffee?”
Ah, she knows what I love!
I dropped her off at the ‘shop’ and picked her up with a bag full of wrapped gifts. She said, “Mom, I can’t wait until you open your gift. You will give me a big hug. I can’t wait until dad opens his present. He will love it so much he will jump out of his chair!”
I can’t wait to see what she bought us, either! I feel like a kid again, longing to shake the packages and see if I can peek in through the cracks.
3. Hearing what she wanted to give her teacher for Christmas. I asked MissE what she thought we should get her teacher for a gift. She said, “Mom, I never hear my teacher talk about Jesus. We should get her a bible. Maybe then she would know Jesus and talk about him.”
I explained to her about it being a public school and that there are rules about teachers talking about Jesus and how some students might not believe in Jesus. She thought about it a minute and responded, “Well, I still want to give my teacher a bible, because I want her to know that I do believe in Jesus.”
~ I’m not sure what to do here. Any tips? On one hand I absolutely love her resolution and pure faith. On the other hand we don’t know her teacher, I have been a seriously delinquent parent as far as school goes, and I don’t really want the reputation of being one of *those* families. Although, truly, we probably are *that* family.
4. Lastly, I picked up the book Heaven is for Real for kids from the library.
MissE has been pouring over the pages. I wasn’t all that impressed with the book and was somewhat surprised when I realized she loved it. She has been talking about how she can’t wait to get to heaven to see God. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I look forward to heaven, too.
This is a good life we have here, but this is definitely not our best life.
Can I get an Amen?!