I arrived in Dallas on Tuesday and it’s been awesome. There’s been some funny moments like when my grown daughters left the family bathroom with Elle, but left me in the stall alone. The door unlocked. . .and another family came in. Surprise, surprise to them when I emerged from the bathroom stall. My girls were standing at the foot of the stairs at IKEA, their hands over their mouths, laughing hysterically. Somehow they thought if they watched the door from a distance they would have time to let someone know it was occupied. Um, no. That doesn’t work.
And then there was baby swim time with sweet Elle. It’s a little community class where babies get over their fear of the water and spend fun time with their moms.
Right now as I type I’m preparing for an interview with Carol Davis, WMIT, Asheville, NC 106.9 The Light. I’ll talk with her this afternoon about The Mom I Want to Be: Rising Above Your Past to Give Your Kids a Great Future. Elle is beside me in what we call her “control tower”, her Exersaucer. Her momma is catching a few minutes extra sleep after an early morning feeding and this is pure Gramma-Elle time.
Never do I see how and what God has done than when I look into the eyes of this beautiful stole-my-heart baby girl. For the prayers of a once young hurting girl were answered. “God, I want my family to laugh. To be normal. To not fight or be broken.”
And He did. It was hard work. It was overcoming. It took time. It was–and continues to be–one of the most amazing adventures of my life.
I love this thing called family.