Monday, September 17, 2007

something right


i'm not trying to brag, but its possible we are doing something right. this afternoon as the kids and i were on a run back from farmers lily said the most incredible thing. instead of heading home we decided to stop by some neighborhood friends house. so as we ran past our street lily said,"momma, we have to go that way." and i replied, "no, lily, we are going this other way to stop by carter and susans house. she didn't say anything and so we kept running and i missed the turn for their house. "whoops, we went the wrong way" i said as i turned the stroller around. and as we were walking up the hill to their house i tuned into what lily was saying cause she was trying to spit something out. "sometimes," she paused, "if you pray and ask Jesus, he will show you the right way." astounded, i stopped the stroller, leaned over with tears in my eyes, and said "lily, that makes me so happy to hear you say that, you are so right. who taught you that about Jesus?" she paused, perplexed, and said, "you!"

that's all it took- she floored me. really. it couldn't have come at a more perfect time as we just had some house guests leave. (quick shout out to the pollards- they are awesome house guests- super clean, tidy, took us out to taco temple- took amazing family photos of us- just a blessing through and through- not to mention their kids are not only super cute, and well-dressed- but very sweet, tender boys)- which leads me to my next point... and why lily's comment couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

i am aware that lily is very much a girl- it isn't just b/c of her natural inclination for dresses, skirts, high heels and the color fuchsia. its deeper than that. she is moody, contrary and indecisive- (or as my mom says, passionate, discerning and selective) all things i know about her, but seemed to glare at me having another kid around all weekend. which all leads me to often wonder, am i doing this right?

and though i know the answer is probably no, not totally- as no one is, moments like we shared today, make it all worth it. i'll take the passion even if it often comes with fury.

5 comments:

si said...

thanks for the kind words. like i told you, after 3 days house guests and fish get rotten. as much as we tried to not rot, i'm sure it's great to have the house to yourself again. we had the best time with you guys and came home feeling like we really took a vacation. you and b make parenting look easy and lily and oz are rock-a-licious. i'd say you guys are doing it right. thanks for opening up your home to us. should you ever find yourself wanting to go to fallbrook, you'd be crazy. but you'd have a place to stay. btw -- that house we told you about sold today and is in a 2 week escrow. bummed.

Eli & Mandy Stewart said...

thats amazing Holly. What a precious moment with Lils. The Lord has amazing ways of ministering to us just when we need it doesnt he?
Mucho Amore
Mandy

Eli & Mandy Stewart said...

thats amazing Holly. What a precious moment with Lils. The Lord has amazing ways of ministering to us just when we need it doesnt he?
Mucho Amore
Mandy

Jennifer Schlenker said...

It made me teary.... talk about God softening our heart to him. Jesus keep us humble!

Kelly Meirik said...

wow, if nothing else was working in life, to hear my child say THAT would really put things into perspective. Oh well if my child isn't potty trained until 5, oh well if he's super messy, you get my drift.
where is my child by the way!