Sunday, July 22, 2007

The {thirsty} Princess

There is a sweet princess sleeping in the next room. These days she falls asleep rather well. There were days, mind you, that it was pure torture. I am serious. I remember them without fondness. Training her to sleep in a toddler bed was crazy. She is nothing short of strong willed. When we would tuck her in she would just get up. I remember the nightly battle.

After a period of time she would stay in her bed she would just scream until she would finally sleep. Some nights we could add some wall banging to the sound of blood curling screams. Those nights I would sit on the opposite side of her bedroom door and pray. "Lord please put this child to sleep"...The Lord always provided because he knew my lack of patience.

Time moved on and the baby girl continued to grow. We stretched to the stage of requests before sleep. Oh yes, the requests. "Please read me one more story" "I am hungry" "I'm thirsty"...the list goes on and on.

One night during this fun stage she requested a drink. "I'm thirsty" "Mommy, I am thirsty". Can you hear her calling? "No, Carly, you are not thirsty..." After doing the back and forth for a while her cuteness peeked.

She looked up with her big beautiful brown eyes and said to her daddy "Daddy, Jesus lives in my heart, right?" Ernest replies tiredly "Yes, Carly" "Well Daddy...Jesus is thirsty and he wants a drink..."

Out of the mouth of babes.

Needless to say, she got a drink that night. By all means...Jesus was thirsty.

It is true, I do not miss the nights full of screaming torture. My baby girl is growing up. Some days I miss the little one that could get away with such cuteness. There are still nights when I walk out of her room and praise my sweet Jesus for a peaceful night. God made her feisty and I love him all the more for it.


Tina said...

Cute! I remember those "mommy" conversations back then! Where does the time go? We are raising men and women of God, oh Lord, that they would follow you! Praying for ya! ~~Tina

Caleb said...

You told it! Thanks for sharing.

jen said...

I love that picture of Carly. She is such a sweet sweet girl. I'm gonna miss her! Our boys are in that "thirsty" phase, it does get old after a while. :) But it's funny to hear all the different ways they'll ask for a drink or a snack. And usually right after we cave and give them what they want, they fall asleep. Silly boys. :)

Jesus is thirsty... smart smart girl.

Shelly said... in the world could you ignore that plea!!!


dreamingBIGdreams said...

I can't even imagine my kids being that old! Thanks for being a great mommy influence on me.