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They Make Me Smile.

(Let's try this again...last week's post got eaten by my Blogger app, a kind reader had saved this post--Thank you, Mary!--and emailed it to me!)

Last week, as we were winding down for bedtime, my two littlest kiddos were playing a rousing game of hide-and-seek...what? Doesn't everyone wind down
with a wild game? 

I called all the kiddos to come and pray and I made my
way to the girls' bedroom, which is where we say our nighttime prayers.

I knelt down, all alone at this point, and Baby Girl comes tearing into the room, barrels into the closet and becomes quiet as a church mouse (hide-and-seek, remember?) and one by one, the older four kiddos join me (the Mr. was away at a work conference).

We say our prayers (I know, I know, I should've called Baby out of the closet but I was pooped and just ready for bedtime.. ..don't judge) and, like every night, we add in a few "extra" intentions that are heavy on our hearts.

When the last person had said their "extra", this tiny, muffled voice pipes up from the depths of the closet, "I pray dat Verd gets to Heaven and dat daddy comes home safely and dat mommy is a good mama.", the laughter that bubbled up from inside me escaped from my lips and I saw 4 heads turn to
look at the closet, then back at me and suddenly, all of us were laughing hysterically...including the muffled little voice from the closet.

These are the moments that I hope are burned in my memory for a lifetime.

Oh, how we laughed, and laughed...and laughed!

And then we said "Amen"!


  1. Great story! :) Thank you for sharing!

  2. :) Love this! Thank you for the smile this morning. I think your kids just learned a valuable lesson, too. So many folks do not associate faith with laughter, thinking it is only to be practiced with great solemnity. I think God smiles when he sees us worshiping joyfully! :) And isn't it religion that involves smiles, happiness and laughter so much more appealing?

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