Apr 11, 2016

Spring Break

What a grand time we've had!  You're such a fun gal to spend time with.  I'm thankful for this time we've had!

We went swimming, where you were so brave!  We also went to the library where you got your VERY OWN LIBRARY CARD!  (We've got to celebrate, she said with breathy awe.)

We played.  A lot.
We got to watch a little buddy, and you were such a good, big helper!

 We got to spend time with the lovely and bubbly Reagan.  You both clomped around in high heels and loved every second of it.

You were princesses and had a ball.

You were also spies, which was hilarious.  Reagan refused to renounce the high heels for her spying, so you could hear her coming a mile away.  But, hey, even spies have to make some concessions for fashion.

You've been talking about getting older.  "What will I be like when I'm 10?"  I'll answer, "I can't wait to meet 10 year old Lucy!"  She asked, "How old will you be when I'm 10?"  "40."  "I can't wait to meet 40 year old Mama."  (Possibly the only thing on the planet that could have me excited for 4-0!)

You're so fun, Lucy Joy!  I can't wait for summer!

Apr 9, 2016

5th Forever Day

How you fell asleep--with a picture of us.  My heart!

Forever I'd wanted you, even before I knew you.
Forever--how long I waited for you, just praying and hoping.
Forever I stared into your serious eyes in those first pictures I got.

Forever I'll remember the awe I felt holding you.
Your hands around mine.  Your smile, the first time I saw it.  How you were immediately part of me.
Forever I'll recount the journey to you.  
How excited I was and how precious you were when I crossed the vast ocean to find

Forever I'll be smitten by your sparkly eyes and your funny ideas.
Forever I'll praise God for the precious gift of you.
Forever I'll be for you and love you and like you so much.
Forever I'll be grateful for just exactly the you that you are, 
And that you're my daughter,

Apr 6, 2016

more about imaginary boyfriends

"I was sitting on a park bench, waiting to see if somebody was going to be my boyfriend."

(Maybe we'll have to talk about this approach.)

"A boy came up to me and he gave me flowers and he asked me if he could be my boyfriend."

(I like the flowers.  He should show he's putting in some effort--you're worth it, Lucy!)

"I said, 'Do you know the Lord?' "

(Go baby!)

" 'Do you read your Bible every day?' "
" 'Do you believe in God and Jesus?' "

(Yes, sweet thing!  These are the RIGHT questions!  Get straight to the point!)

"And he said 'yes' so I told him he could be my boyfriend."

(Thank you, Jesus!  Please, please, please, keep her standards high.  Help her to see that she is worth flowers and much, much more and that these questions are not negotiable.)

Apr 1, 2016

April Fool-ery

2 weeks ago:  Uncle John explains April Fools Day to Lucy.
She rushes in.  Mama!  On April Fools' Day I'm gong to say "I have crayons in my hand!"  But. I. Won't.   Total triumph!

March 31:  We both think it's April 1st.  (Well, she did, and it was early, so I was easily mislead.)
Mamaaaa, I have crayons in my hand!  Eyes wide, leaning forward, practically on tip-toe.  Split second later:  Happy Fool's Day!

Many little jokes like this later (Mama, I have pencils in my hand... Mama, I have eyeballs in my hand...) and I decided that it was my turn.  I knew better than to say something fun that she'd actually believe and get excited about, so I said, "Lucy, we're getting a pet...giraffe," immediately following one of her jokes.  Her eyes got shiny and she started to cheer--yikes!  "April Fool's!" I called out, and her face fell.  "Lucy, I was joking, we can't have a giraffe in the house."  Thunderclouds.  We COULD.

Today: the jokes abounded
First, in a bizarre twist on her "crayons in my hand" joke, she announced, full hands behind her back, Mama, I have a necklace in my hands!  (Which she did.)  She dropped it behind her back and yelled, Happy Fools day!

She announced to Nana that she was out of equal for her tea (which would be horrifying to Nana!).
She announced to John that there were a ton of hippos outside!  (To which he quipped, "So two of 'em?")
When John told her to look at the big deer outside of the car window, she was resolute, refusing to even flick a gaze in that direction.  No, Uncle John, she said firmly, You're just April Fools-ing me, I know you are.

She announced to me that I had snakes around my neck, that there were bears in the road, etc.

The last one of tonight was particularly funny (if a little macabre).  She shoved her hands behind her back in the car. Mama, where are my hands?  I could tell she was thinking this one up on the fly.  They're in... the woods.  Insert forlorn look.  They... broke off.     April Fool's!