My precious love has come into the age of verbalizing her emotions. I am floored and humbled by the profound simplicity of her self expression. Listening to such a small being earnestly trying to describe her feelings is a privilege and blessing unlike any other I have ever known.
Her simple, yet weighted declarations grow bolder everyday. In the past, she would ask me if I was happy or sad, to which I would reply that I was happy. She would then respond, “I happy too mommy.” Now, my sweet girl doesn’t need to mirror my emotions. With confidence she shares, “Mommy I so happy,” or after a crying fit, “I sad.”
I love the way she processes the emotions of those around her as well. When we chat about her baby friends, she now describes them as either happy or sad. If they are deemed sad, it’s humorously because they “poked their eye mommy.”
It seems only natural that during this period her singing ability has also taken shape. She sings bits and pieces of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or the Itsy Bitsy Spider, but the song that she enthusiastically sings all of the words to is Jesus Loves Me.
This was the song I would sing to her daily, during the fifth hour of those lovely colic days. By that hour, I was crying myself, and would tearfully sing this song, convinced that it would bring us both some comfort. Thankfully, colic is long gone, but our love for singing this song has remained intact.
It’s in the moments before bed, when we are rocking and giggling as she snuggles up against me, singing Jesus Loves Me, that I can’t say enough thankful prayers for being blessed with a child who describes herself as happy nine times out of ten, and who loves singing a joyful song of praise.
A Prayer For My Daughter:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing me with a child filled with your love and joy. I pray that her sweetness and integrity will remain intact as she matures, tempered by blessings of your wisdom and confidence. I pray that she will grow in hope and joy, fueled by a firm and unshakeable faith in you. I pray for the wisdom to guide and encourage her, and praise you for the love and laughter in our lives. Amen.
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise , and rejoice , and sing praise” (Psalm 98:4 KJV).