As I sit and drink my morning cup of coffee (which isn't what I was hoping it would be... I was spoiled by my husband buying me a pound of Starbucks Christmas Blend!) I think about some of the cute things my kids say and do.
This morning I was taking Grace to preschool and I stopped to pick up her little friend Ethan. They were totally cracking me up. "Hey, Ethan, we are girls and we are in love. We are girls in love!" Phrase repeated by Noraa and then they hold hands and sing "I Know You" (Maybe there's a bit too much Disney in our house!) "Ethan have you ever seen Prince Caspian? I saw part of Prince Caspian, but I can't tell you about it because it's really really really really really really scary!" Ethan, "I can listen to scary stories because I'm a boy and boys are really big and strong and powerful, and we are so powerful because God is a boy."
In the mornings our California King sized bed seems so much smaller. Grace, Noraa and often times Sam all come in to our bed to "cuddle". The other morning Grace woke up before Noraa and I was nursing Sammy in bed. Grace loves to be close to her brother, REALLY close. She was getting frustrated and said to me "Sometimes it's hard to cuddle a baby when a Momma is nursing him."
This morning Gracy made me laugh out loud. One night when her daddy was gone I told my girls that we were going to have a pajama party. We watched a princess movie, ate popcorn, had hot chocolate and ate a few m & m's. It was Grace's dream come true. Ever since then she wants to have a pajama party every night! Last night we finally gave in again since our last one had been over Christmas break. I put on Disney's Robin Hood and made the popcorn. We had to turn the movie off before it was done, and this morning I'm sure you can imagine what was the first thing on Grace's mind: finishing Robin Hood. After cuddling for a while, she came bounding back into our room and asked ever so sweetly, "Can I please watch the rest of Little Red Robin Hood.?"
I love those moments. The moments where Mommy and Daddy look at each other with that knowing glance of "our children are so precious". Or moments of discipline when it's all you can do to not laugh out loud and your spouse makes it harder to be tough. Or those times that you see your spouse reflected so clearly in your child. Those are the moments I live for. That instant when you feel so much love you think your heart will burst. It's in these sweet moments that I am reminded of why I do endless loads of miniature clothes laundry, wear shirts that by the end of the day are crusted with drool and who knows what else, prepare meals only for the food to be scarfed down and the sink piled high with dishes once again.
In the words of Sara Evans "These are the moments I thank God that I'm Alive, These are the moments I'll remember all my life, I've found all I've waited for, and I could not ask for more..."