Come Snuggle.

Dear Melody,

Last night around 4AM you came into our room as quietly as you could. You drug your blanket along the carpet as you tip-toed to my side of the bed. You climbed up and over my body as you made your way between me and daddy. You climbed under the covers and scooted close to me, laying your head on my pillow…and then you didn’t budge.

You thought you had successfully snuck into our bed but the truth is, I let you.

Because I wanted to snuggle.

…and because I know when you’re a teenager you won’t come crawl between me and daddy in the middle of the night to snuggle.

The way I see it, is a few kicks to the face and the covers being anywhere but on me, is completely worth it when you scoot close and your warm little toes find their way under my legs. Or when I wake up to your sweet face saying “good morning, mom” as you lay your head on my tummy.

So for now, the answer will always be “come snuggle.”

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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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