We had a few overnight guests last Friday. It has been a while since my kids were toddlers and it is amazing how much excitement three little people can bring to a home.
Our daughter offered to host a sleepover for her nieces and nephew-to-be so their mom could enjoy a night out and a peaceful night’s sleep.
Lauren, Asia and Kahlil livened up our house with their questions, chatter, chasing the dog, chatter, endless energy and did I mention chatter? It was a delight having them over.
We had plenty of toy options for them to play with but the three things that entertained them the most were (in order of importance)
1. the dog
2. a magnifying glass
3. Ashley’s Pilates ball
I forgot that there was a time in my own children’s lives when a cardboard box would create endless hours of amusement.
One of the funniest moments came when Lauren had something that her big sister Asia wanted. Asia approached her and in a sing-song voice said, “Sweetie! That’s dangerous. Give it to me.” Lauren frowned and clutched it closer. Undaunted, Asia grabbed her in a death-grip and repeated, sweeter than ever, “Sweetie! It’s dangerous. Give it to me.” So cunning and charming at the same time. I like this girl!
I wanted to get a group picture of everyone there. Let’s just say, it took a while. Here are my attempts.
It’s been a while since I mentioned my personal heroes, so today I want to honor a group of people who are heroic in my eyes. To Hosanna, the beautiful mother of these three children, and all the other tireless single parents out there. You attempt the impossible every day. May you find friends who support you, strength for the task and the grace to forgive yourself when you stumble (as all parents do)!
“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.“