Today I'm choosing to unwrap a gift that I never thought I would be thankful for, my sweet little one being sick. I know it sounds strange, it's never good when your children are sick. They just break my heart when they're not feeling well. They just look tinier, they talk in these soft, small voices, and they just have that look on their face that makes you want to scoop them up and hold on tight.
Hubby and I both had to work today, so when the little one woke up not feeling well, we decided to tag team it. I went in to the shop to get the day's orders out, then closed up and came home so hubby could go to work. I found myself frustrated for those few hours I was at work. So much to do, but I needed to leave. Worry over customers that may come or call and find the store closed. The chaotic rush as I tried to work quickly so my hubby could get to his job as soon as possible.
But then I came home, and the little one lifted up her arms and gave a weak tiny smile. I curled up on the sofa with her and we snuggled while we watched Sesame Street and Elmo. I rarely, if ever, sit down with the girls during cartoons. I don't know why, other than that there always seems like a million things to do and watching cartoons, as an adult, just seems like a waste of time. But today, I realized it wasn't a waste of time at all. It was the perfect time to snuggle, and talk here and there about the funny parts, the colors, the letters. We had some very precious time with just the two of us, time that happens way too infrequently.
Then when my big girl got home from school, the little one was ready for another nap, so we got to play a game together for a couple of hours uninterrupted. Just for the record, Monopoly Jr. is a lot of fun!
At the end of the day, I am thankful for this day, and thankful for my time to love on my little one, and spend time with my big girl. And yes, very thankful that she is feeling better and back to her regular self!!
I listened to my big girl's bedtime prayer tonight with a smile on my face: "Jesus, thank you for today, and that it was such a wonderful day. And thank you that Mommy and I got to play Monopoly, even though Mommy won. And please keep K with us forever and ever. And thank you for such a wonderful day. And for Monopoly. Amen."
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