1-Maddie loves to get up really early, and even earlier now that Martin (our Elf on the Shelf) is here. I can hear her rushing around upstairs, brushing her teeth and feeding her fish before she runs downstairs to find him. She just laughs and screams and talks to him, then comes into my room to tell me where he is. Some mornings (like this morning when I was still asleep) it is a little annoying, but I do enjoy our mornings together. We sit on the couch and she watches cartoons (Christmas cartoons this time of year) while I pray and do my morning devotion, she with a mug of hot chocolate and me with a cup of coffee. Even though she does sometimes wake me up earlier than I would like, I do treasure that time with her.
2-Charlie was sick yesterday. I know there should be nothing good about this, but I secretly enjoyed it. Last week he became embarrassed to hold my hand. I grabbed his hand on our way into church, and noticed that he wouldn’t grasp my hand. Then, without looking at me, he shook my hand off. I laughed at him (but may have gotten a little teary-eyed when I told my friend about it a few minutes later).
I hate that he was sick, but I will admit that I loved being able to give him some attention. The two of us stayed home from church so I could spoil him back to health. 😉
In the midst of this busy holiday season, I feel the need to find the good in the quiet, mundane moments. Because….