Friday, November 21, 2008


Elsie-"Miss Jenny's hair isn't blonde anymore. I wonder how it changed colors."

Claira was pulling up to the kitchen chair one afternoon and fell, which happens at least once a day. I usually scoop her up and snuggle her until her cries fade away, but one particular day, Elsie ran to the living room and came back with her arms wrapped around Teddy. "She can hold Teddy for awhile until she feels better." It's these sweet exchanges that wrap the goodness of having two children around my heart. I'm a very blessed mother.

Each week, Elsie's dance teacher stamps the girls' hands when class is over. Last week, Elsie showed me her ballerina, and I was commenting on how nice it was and that I hoped she told her teacher thank you. "No, but no one else did either so it's okay." We spent the ride home talking about thankfulness (again) and how she should always be thankful for the good things she receives even when those around her don't. I also talked about how Jesus is the light of the world, and since we love Jesus, we should let His light shine through us. Thankfulness and good manners is just one way to let that light shine. After the next dance class, Elsie ran to me and showed me the stamp on her hand. We got her shoes and coat on and once we got buckled in the car, she said, "This time, I said thank you, and my light was so bright everyone else did too!"

Elsie-"You remember when Claira was at the hospital in that big plastic box? I want to do that again."
Claira in the plastic box:

One day, we were getting ready to leave the house, and I asked Elsie to get her shoes from the landing (our home is a split-level). When she got to the bottom of the steps, I asked if she'd bring up mine too. She said sure and made her way back up the stairs saying, "You'll have to get Claira's shoes though, Mommy. I'm not an octopus! I don't have a lot of arms. I only got two arms!"

Elsie had "foot lips" also known as Froot Loops to the rest of us as a snack today...she's been counting them to tell me how many she has left so every 5 seconds I hear, I've got 7 foot lips now! Now I've got 6 foot lips! It's making me laugh so hard my stomach hurts.


~aj~ said...

Claira was in a big, plastic box?! I had no idea!

You did a great job teaching her about "shining her light" AND being thankful along the way. 3 years old and she's already inspiring others. Amazing!

Ami said...

Aw... so sweet about her light shining so brightly! Love that!

And, 'foot lips!' That's hysterical! Although, in our house, they're not 'Froot Loops,' they're 'loop-loops.'