Nothing – I repeat, NOTHING – would cheer up Miss Serafina after the Seahawks’ loss today.
So we took a bath. For 45 minutes.
During those 45 glorious minutes, we talked to all the critters, lined them up in color order, squirted the tub wall with them, and, in true almost-5-month-old fashion, chewed on each. Partway through, Ben came in to check on us.
Looking at his 2 favorite gals hanging out and having a great time, he remarked, “She looks so happy.”
I smiled at him and then looked back down at the adorable little girl playing in the warm water with me.
“We need to always remember this, especially when she’s a teenager and arguing with everything we have to say. And whining about her curfew. If only we could keep her this happy. It’s then we’ll be reminding her, ‘We love you so much and just want the best for you. When you were first born, your mom didn’t work and we took a huge pay cut. She does lots of things she doesn’t want to do when you nap and sleep at night so she can stay home with you*.’ Sweet Serafina, we love you so much,” he said as she looked up at him with her huge eyes and an even bigger grin.
He turned on the heater, gave me a heavy smile, and shut the door behind him as he left.
It’s times like these I am reminded that even though we have less than $200 in our bank account after paying all our bills, nearly all of Serafina’s clothes and toys are hand-me-downs or gifts, and we make decisions about visiting folks based on how much gas it will cost, we are truly blessed. God gives us everything we could need or want without us needing to ask (including the perfect person to walk through life with who has just the right perspective precisely at the time(s) I don’t).
As long as we’re faithful to tithe and
be good stewards of what we’re given,
we can rest in the promise that
He will always take care of us.
[Insert your worry here.]
We serve a good and marvelous God.
*I got a part-time job doing online work to help make ends meet. Once I’m done with my ProCert, I’d like to get my Etsy shop up and running to help supplement our income as well. I also make a little money coaching middle school rowing in the fall and spring and high school girls basketball in the winter.