Sunday, October 4, 2009


Anyone else wake up to the melodious strains of, "MooOOoomma! Wipe my POOOOOP."?

Mary-Sunshine, Jane, greets grumbly me en route, "Momma remember, 'Do to others..'"


And also, was it before or after breakfast that the children converted a half-full toothpaste into a fire hose? Apparently between the three they can siphon water from the sink. Oh, and any comments on an appropriate amount of toothpaste to ingest?

And all the while my life sleighs along past pit stops and toothpaste puddles. I lean over to Jane, "Think about the BEST thing in your day," I whisper. Camera poised, I hold my breath. And before I can capture her dewy face or still spirit, she leans around my camera. Her arm across my shoulders, {squeeze}, "THIS is the best part of my day."

I lean into her. For a moment my eyes squint shut. Oh Lord, may I be the woman she sees.


Ben and Rachelle said...

Something huge in a tiny package, the unexpected at just the right time...such is grace. And by the way, you are a great momma! :)

Goat said...

I don't know what you expect with the tooth paste tube thang--I mean you are always telling them to make their own fun HAHAHAHA. I think it was fun! Yes, I'm definitely having fun!! What goes around, comes around, uh-huh. Even that love thing--you are the woman I hoped you would be, inspite of myself--sure love you!

Craig and Bethany said...

Aw, love you too, Momma. You leave big shoes to fill. The best kind.

And love your description of grace, Rachelle! Perfect.

Thanks, guys.

Candice said...

Kaity has this certain sing song voice that she only uses when she is needing help in the bathroom. Even when I can't hear what she is saying...I KNOW...what she's saying. "Maaaaaammmmmeeeeeee. I went pooooohhhhhhppp." Classic. :)

Meli Joy said...

You made me cry.....Thank you for the inspirations. I do have news, you are the woman she sees...

We had such a wonderful time with you guys. Thanks for just being you, the breath of fresh air that you bring with you is contagious. Meli