I have started doing a Mommy daughter devotional with Ashlyn everyday. It has been awesome! We have had great conversations and I have seen her put into practice what we have been learning. Each day it focuses on a different story in the Bible. Then it has some real life questions for Ashlyn to answer and then it has a Mommy’s Touch section. I have to share stories with her about when I was a little girl.
The other night after we had finished we were just laying in her bed talking. She said, “Mommy, you are the best Mommy in the whole world!” But then she paused and said,” Well, actually, I don’t know if that is true because I don’t know all the mommies in the world.” You gotta love a child’s honesty!
Emily has always been a Mama’s girl but lately it’s been a little ridiculous. Tonight at dinner Chris tried to give her some more milk and she wouldn’t take it because she wanted mommy to give it to her. Bedtime has been hard too. She only wants me to read, sing, and pray to her. I feel so bad for Chris because he loves spending that time with his baby too.
Tonight, I was reading to Ashlyn and asked Chris to read to Emily. She lost it! Emily started screaming and telling Chris no. It got bad and Chris had to discipline her. After she calmed down he held her and rocked her. As I was walking in her room to see if everything was okay, I saw Emily look up at her Daddy and say, “You forgive me Daddy?” It was the sweetest thing and I almost started crying. What a sweet little baby God has blessed up with!
I don’t know what dinner time looks like in your family but here is a little glimpse of what it looks like at our house.
Ashlyn spends the entire time talking about her day, when she woke up, what she made at school, and who she played with. Emily tries to jump in the one way conversation by talking about absolutely nothing, and Chris and I inhale our food and are finished by the time the girls finish their first bite.
Now I know that the dinner table is the place to sit down spend some quality time hanging out together and catching up. But all I seem to do is rush through it and continually tell the girls to eat. I am working on this and today Ashlyn came home from school with something that will help me slow down and really enjoy that time.
It’s a paper cup full of simple questions that they made up at school. You pass the cup around and take turns answering the question that you pull out of the cup. We tried it tonight and had so much fun. It was neat seeing Ashlyn and Emily really think back on their days to answer the questions. I told her that after we answered her questions for a couple of nights that I would make up some more that we could do. Here are some of the ones we talked about tonight.
- How did you help someone today?
- What did you see today that God created?
- What are two things you can thank God for today?
- What was the best part of your day today?
My 2 year old Emily is known for her sense of humor and funny things she says. I really believe she was born trying to make people laugh.
Tonight we were at the mall eating in the food court. Emily had already finished her dinner but was still hungry. (this happens quite often with her.) She looked at my husband who was eating chips and asked, “Daddy, may I have some your chips. I promise I won’t eat them all.” She acted serious while she was saying it and then started cracking up after Chris let her have a few. My new favorite Emily saying came last week while we were playing in Ashlyn’s room. She was talking to me about something and I told her that she was funny and she replied, “Funny weird or funny ha-ha?”
Grandparent’s Day was this past Sunday and for the first time we remembered to celebrate it. We invited the grandparent’s over for dinner (we missed you Popa). The girls were so excited to make cards and a banner for them. Nothing fancy, just some balloons and crayons. They wanted it to be special and to let their grandparent’s know they are loved. It was a first that I hope will turn into a yearly tradition!