Kids eating supper:
Miss E.: "Mom, I love you sooooo much! I'm so glad we got you for a mom."
Others chiming in (Tiny Girl, shrieking in agreement...seriously, is that the only way she knows how to communicate???)..."Yeah! We love you soooo much!"
E.W: "We love you more than...more than...than...THE DECK!!"
In other news, I just have to say that there really are angels among us. During our trip to hell, I mean, Sam's Club...T.G. was melting, and since shrieking at eardrum bursting decibels seems to be her favorite way to communicate, we were treated (as was the rest of the store) to a full force, all out, shriek.
Suddenly, this elderly gentleman (a customer), with a very gentle way about him approaches our melting daughter with arm outstretched and a tootsie roll peace offering. Immediately, and I mean, immediately she quiets, looking him right in the eye and gently takes the tootsie roll.
Ahhhhhh...thank you, sir! He tells me a story about giving things away, 'cuz the angels don't let you take them to heaven, and this is why he gives away his tootsie rolls.
As he leaves, he grants me a warm, gentle smile and says, "There is nothing more precious than the smile of a child."
Big A. then reminds me...we have met this man before! And at Sam's Club nonetheless! A few years ago, a few less children with me (and those present were much better behaved) the same sweet man stopped us, offered our kiddos a tootsie roll and gave me a card...I know I saved it, and now I must find it! On the card was a kind of prayer, I believe, about children and butterflies, and how they quickly flit into and out of our lives.
I really feel God placed that sweet angel there for me. He knew I would be struggling and sent me someone who would remind me how fantastic...how fabulous...how precious, my children are. Even when they misbehave.
Yup, definitely there are angels among us.