"You're always pretty, Momma," Jane announces one morning. "Even if you were uglier than ugly, you're still pretty," she says.
I catch Daddy's grin, "Aw, thanks," I say.
Later, Jack jangles down the hallway. "I saw happiness in her eyes," he says, "and I knew she was grinning at me," he cries. He points to Rosie, hops with both feet onto the living room rug.
"I feel the bump on your tummy," Jane adds. "It always just seems to be there, even a year later, and even when you're not pregnant," she hugs me around the waist. I smooth her hair.
Later, bedtime and prayers, we collect in the bedroom. "Jesus," Janie prays, "help us to love you more tomorrow. One reason." She pauses, rubs folded hands on her forehead, "You made us," she says. "And we love you. Amen."
They cuddle into blankets. I swing into bottom bunk. "I like the boy you are growing into," I say and snug my arms around Jack.
He clicks the flashlight off, "I like the girl you're growing into," he says. I kiss his forehead and smoosh my cheek against his. The moment fades and the night wisps away like a puff of air.
And so, another week, here it is. May the moments greet us pretty and full of love.
After all, he made us.
487. Sister-in-laws, three. And how they've eased me into cloth diapering. Yes, I never thought I would do this.
488. The astounding number of diaper related things you can actually MAKE.
489. And that I like it.
490. A big dinner of fried chicken and fixin's at Grampa and Gramma's house. Football and cheering and knitting.
491. Friends that my kids say are so easy to have around, ones whose daddy grew up in Kenya and momma came from Minnesota, but they live here now.
492. Hand-me-downs, the kind with bright colors and nice lines.
493. A wood stove with a belly full of wood.
494. Family dates where we pass m&m's around the car and wheel around town making errands.
495. Clam dip.
496. Curtains made of canvas drop cloths.
497. Kids' shoes mostly put away.
498. Jane's new game where Saturday night we brainstorm ideas on how to be on time Sunday for church.
499. Monday Night Game Night.
500. Old Maid and how Lulie tries to get the Old Maid and holds on to her real tight if you start to draw that card.
501. The wild ruckus of cousins and how Janie is learning to look out for her brother.
502. How Logan tells everyone he and Jack are on the WATER TEAM since they both had water at dinner.
503. And how Lulie screams every time Thad pretends to be a wild elephant that bites people.
504. A pair of striped pants I'm knitting for Rosie.
505. The hope that every day we're a little more the people God wants us to be.