Training your child to leave you.

My days have been emotional. This whole Kindergarten thing was harder than I thought it would be. I cried the night before. In fact, after Melody fell asleep I just went into her room and held her.

She was the one I quit my job for. She was the one that woke me up in the mornings and snuggled with me in bed until she was so hungry she couldn’t stand it anymore. She was my house cleaning break (every 5 minutes) so that we could play Barbies. Who would beg me to eat candy for lunch now? Who would be my grocery store partner begging for every thing on every aisle?

Then it hit me… This is day one of what we are training her to do: Leave us.

So Melody, as you embark on this new journey – remember these things:

You are not alone. There will be days when everyone wants to play with you. There will be days when you are the line leader and get to be the teacher’s little helper. But there will also be days when no one wants to play with you. There will be days when you are “stuck” in the back of the line with everyone facing forward – remember you are not alone. Jesus is always with you, even at the back of the line.

You can do it. The world is full of people waiting to tell you that you can’t. Remember it doesn’t matter what they say. All that matters is what Jesus says – and He says, you can do it. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Be “that person” – the one that makes sure no one is alone. The one that hugs the kid that’s sad. The one that helps up the kid that fell. The one that stands up for righteousness.

Always give it your best. There will be times that you don’t meet certain expectations. You will get some answers wrong and you will miss it at some points. Our expectation is not perfection, we just ask you to always give it your best.

Talk to Jesus. He is your best friend. Don’t leave Him out of your day. And when people wonder who you are talking to, tell them.

I love you, Melody Truth. Always remember that greater is HE that’s in you than he that’s in the world.

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Meeting Mel

If you’re anything like me, you like to know about the people being referenced to in conversation. If someone is telling a story about “Joe” and I have no idea who “Joe” is, then the story has less affect…right?

So with my blog being new, I feel like it’s much better if I introduce my family. And since this afternoon has been a “Melody afternoon” around the house, we’ll start with her:

Starting with why I even had afternoon dedicated to Mel: the truth is, sometimes I can be hard on her. At the moment, she’s “an only child” and although she won’t always be, we aren’t sure when the next one will come. I’ve always had this dread of “only child syndrome”developing and it’s naturally forced me to be over-bearing towards her at times. The good news is I usually catch it, apologize to her, and have “a Melody afternoon.” We laugh, play, snuggle, and have special mommy/daughter moments.

Melody is 5 and super smart. I’m not just saying that because she’s my kid either. She can already add and subtract in her head… (I’m 29 and still use my fingers…) she writes the alphabet and she partially reads. She absolutely loves to learn. I kid you not, she has chosen flashcards over Barbie multiple times.

Much like the majority of other little girls, she’s a daddy’s-girl. She always chooses to sit with daddy instead of me. She always wants to ride with daddy. She wants daddy to tell her the bed-time Bible story. Lots of mom’s aren’t okay with this. Me? I love it. I wasn’t close with my dad as a child and from the time I was a little girl and began imagining my future, I knew if I had a little girl that I wanted her to be close with her dad.

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