Last Friday morning Danny and I woke to footsteps coming toward our room. It was Sophie. As she climbed into our bed she told us that it was too dark in her room and she wanted company. It was 5:00 a.m. so we cuddled up with her between us and tried to get a bit more sleep. Very quickly I could hear her breathing slow and I knew she was in dreamland. I closed my eyes and was just at the brink of sleep when I heard her call out, "Yes Mom." She spoke/yelled as if she was down the hall from me in such a cheerful tone it brought a smile to my face. Danny glanced over to me and mouthed the words "so cute" and we tried again to fall asleep. I lay there with my thoughts. The sound of her cheerful voice yelling "yes mom" left me thinking. My three girls, they really do listen. The trust that they give me to lead and to guide them is great. They are following me. They follow those things that I intentionally teach them. But I am afraid, what is even more influential is my example. They watch my actions and soak in all they see (the good yes...but also the bad). I lay there wanting to be the mother that they deserve. Some of the first words I read that morning were these:
"Have a grateful heart~ be conscious of your treasures"
Yes. Being conscious of the treasures that are found in family,
that certainly is a step in the right direction.
Thank you Sharon and Jason for helping take these pictures and sharing your swing xoxo.