Wednesday, September 10, 2008


This is one of those moments I never want to forget - I want to put it in my treasury of memories and the best way I know how is to document it so I won't forget the sweetness of it!

Lights are out.
Lullaby music is on - as is the nightlight nearby.
Little girls are getting settled into bed.
Mama is leaving the room when one whispers that she wants a book.
As I lean down to give her the book, she opens her heart ~ oh, the things she wants to talk about.

What are we having for breakfast? (me: Cereal.)
What is Daddy having for breakfast? (me: Cereal.)
What is Nathan having for breakfast? (me: I don't know, honey - he doesn't live at our house.)
Maybe he can bring some yogurt! (me: Yes, he does like yogurt doesn't he!)
I want Nathan to come to my birthday! (me: That is such a sweet idea, honey - but he lives a long way away and I'm not sure he'll be able to come for your birthday.)
((Sweet girl is stroking Mama's face as she is sharing all the dreams and thoughts of her small and sweet mind.))
I want Brianna to come to my birthday! (me: Well, that is up to her mommy.)
I want Luke to come to my birthday! (me: Again, that is up to Miss Grace, we can ask her.)
I want Rachel C. to come to my birthday! (me: Ok, I'll talk to her mommy.)
I want a lot of friends at my birthday! (me: I know, honey!)
I want to have a princess cake! (me: Do you want it to look like a castle or like a princess?)
Like a castle. (me: Do you want ice cream?)
No, Rachel wants ice cream. (me: Ok, Rachel wants ice cream.)
We're going to eat at our house, right - for my birthday? (me: Mmmmhmmm.)
What is Daddy going to have for my birthday? (me: The same thing you have! Cake and ice cream!)
Mama, will you sleep with me? (me: I can't honey - my bed is in the other room.)
I'm ready for you to go night night. (me: I love you very much, have a good sleep!)

Sweet, sweet Emily - what a treasure that you would so willingly and excitedly share your heart and dreams with me. It makes me want to be the best Mama in the world so that you are happy. It makes me want to do everything I can to make all of your dreams come true. It makes me wish we could snuggle together every night and I could listen to you sharing the things you hold dear.

I love you, my sweet girl!

Then, as I was laying in bed it dawned on me - is this how God feels when I want to tell Him what is on my heart? Oh, why don't I do it more often!


Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

What a sweet memory and a great thought about our Father!

Anonymous said...

Those time are so very precious. How wonderful you shared this together before the gift of sleep. In the quiet of the day, i reckon that is why the scripture speaks of seeking HIM early in the morn., another very quiet part of the day. Thank you for sharin this with us-tammyp

Wendi said...

One sweet moment like that makes it worth all the days of struggle. Very Sweet!

Grace said...

Oh I have tears in my eyes!! Thankfully I am experiencing more sweet moments like that with Bri. You know the trials we have been through. Thank you so much for sharing. And what a great thought about our Lord. Parenthood sure does put our relationship with Him into real terms. You tell sweet Emily that we wish we could come to her birthday but instead we get to see her before. YAY!!

Mary said...

The last two lines stopped me in my tracks. The way I feel about my son and our special moments is the way God feels about me. Wow.

mom said...

This was indeed a precious time with sweet Emily! May there be many more times when she will want to talk to you about what is on her heart! Love you, Mom

Katie said...

Your post title really sums it up. Thanks for sharing! :-)

Melissa said...

Oh, that is so sweet! I, too, had eyes full of tears by the end. I can't wait for Jane to share her heart with me!

Chrissy said...

Precious! Hold tight to these memories...the time does fly...soak in every second.

letters to elijah said...

That was really sweet.
You are going to be so happy you wrote that down.

Susan P. said...

Monica, I loved how you tied those two things together. How true!

Amy said...

So beautiful- I am teary-eyed right now. Thank you for reminding us of these moments, Monica!

Anonymous said...

My boys are 16 and I still tuck them in and give them a hug and kiss each night. I often tell them how happy they make me and that I'm so happy they are my sons. What warm fuzzys my children give me!
Ruth, PA

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

What a sweet, wonderful memory!! And thanks for the gentle reminder at the end, I needed it.


Linda said...

Wow, Monica.. you made my day! :)

I'm sitting here, having a pity-party for myself, feeling miserable about sometimes being used as a slave by 3 y.o., but your post put it all back into perspective again.. thanks!

greetings from holland!

Sheri said...

This was beautiful and sounds a lot like our little girls... and yes, I know our Father is eager to have us share our hearts with him. What an honor to be a child of the King!

kristin said...

Thanks for sharing that, Monica. I must say that I don't feel I've been able or willing to cherish such moments myself these days and instead find myself frustrated at an interuption. Thank you for reminding me to embrace and cherish such moments as precious rather than an interuption. Oh how weak and in need of grace I am!


*carrie* said...

I wish Nathan could come for your birthday, Emily!

And by the way, he does have yogurt every morning for breakfast. =)

Jennifer said...

Aww! This post brought tears to my eyes. Made me think of my daughter talking to me last night. Since we had a bad day yesterday I didn't even see it this way. Thanks for reminding me.

Linds said...

What a sweet, sweet story, thank you for sharing. I do believe that is how our Father sees us. Oh to grasp that thought and remember it.

Mom2fur said...

Oh, my gosh, that would just melt my heart! I'm thinking back to when mine were long ago. Those truly are 'precious moments'!

laura said...

oh, that was really, really beautiful! i have a 7 month old, and my heart swells as i think of her someday sharing her heart with me. i love taking everyday events and relating them to God as well, i'm so glad He lets us see his beauty in our lives. thank you for sharing!
by the way, i love your blog and have learned so much from you!
-laura in ohio

Deb Burton said...

Boy, that's a heartstring tugger. Reminds me of the time my youngest climbed into bed after a particularly challenging day of tantrums and attitude. I was so-o glad he was finally going to bed. And as he drifted off to sleep he also was stroking my face. He looked up at me and with dreamy eyes said, "You're beautiful." Bad day? What bad day?

Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Monica:

Oh how precious! I too had tears in my eyes as I read your post.
I marvel at your insight and depth of understanding. Just this morning as I was reading my Bible, I prayed for the kind of Biblical understanding you have. It is truly a gift from God.
Precious little Emily! I can just hear her asking all those questions.
I know you'll cherish those times forever and how insightful of you to document them.
Keep up your marvelous work!

I love you, Grandma

Halfmoon Girl said...

Wow- your last paragraph caused tears to spring to my eyes. Love that thought.

Mrs. C said...

You got it right--just precious! :)

char said...

great one .. char

~aj~ said...

This is so precious. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Abbey said...

What a great reminder, Monica! I often try to be as patient with my daughter as God is with me, but I mess it up time and time again. Toddlers are a challenge and it's a blessing to get another day to try again tomorrow!

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