And oh, do I have an independent one.
She's not the first three year old in the history of the world to behave this way. But she sure does give this momma a run for her money. The determined, passionate characteristics she possesses will one day serve her quite well, I'm just sure of it. Until then, she has several opportunities a day to learn how to channel all of those passions into something productive for society.
And we do a lot of praying. :)
But oh, those moments of hilarity. This girl is funny. She reminds me a lot of her Aunt Stephanie. My sister... the funny one... who performed magic shows when she was just a little older than Tess, with her shy older sister (me!) as her assistant. Haha. Being funny did not come as naturally to me as it did to Steph. So I would hand her the magic wand while she stole the show with her one liners and crater-like dimples.
Some of Tess's funniest moments come through listening to her chat the day away. As her vocabulary expands to more complex words, she gets a kick out of hearing herself talk. Nonstop. What a storyteller! My favorite phrases lately have to do with her misuse of the word "soaking". She has heard us say over and over things like, "Your hair is soaking wet." Because "soaking" translates in her mind to mean "very" or "really", we hear her use the word like this:
"I am soaking hungry, Mom...", or
"He is soaking bothering me."
Obviously said with much girl drama.
Talk about stopping a busy momma in her tracks.
She knows this phrase well, because she gets disciplined a lot. And after she's cried and tries to feel remorse and has served her consequence, I bend down, put my hands on her sweet chipmunk cheeks and say,
"Do you know how much I love you?"
And she shakes her head "yes" through her tears.
As I was reading in Ephesians this morning, I could almost hear God saying those same words to me. To say that I was stopped in my tracks would be pretty accurate. This book of the Bible starts out with powerful phrases like:
What powerful words. The Creator of the universe blesses me with every spiritual blessing. He chose me, even in my independence much worse than that of a three year old. He has adopted me as His child, through no good merit of my own. He loves me in spite of myself.
What overwhelming thoughts that make me fall on my knees in gratitude.
Are you struggling with feeling worth today? Stop for a moment and let the words of Ephesians soak deep into your heart, and hear God say to you,