I just had to photograph Elle the other morning.
I admit- I have been perusing a lot of European style blogs lately.
Maybe it`s the fact that I will not in the near future be traveling…
Actually I`ll just say never. I mean, we are going on a family trip when school let`s out and I am so excited (!!!)- but I meant like traveling the world, traveling.
I will likely not be doing that- until we are empty nesters and dying of broken, child -gone, hearts (G and I.)
Anyways- so I like to look for a little “Paris” in my every day life.
If a little girl dressed in brown, with big bed hair does it for me- please let me?
I think she looks kinda Brigitte Bardot-esk here.
I kinda want to talk about Elle in my post here about her.
You know how you always love your child, but one day you realize that your love for them went to the next level.
I am just so crazy about her right now- I could just kiss her all day.
If you know me/us at all you will say that she is a naughty little girl.
She was and oh, she still is!
When she was little- she was the biter.
She pushes. She hits with the best.
Sometimes she`s the one the other kids run away from. Probably because of fear.
Maybe no one would notice this but her mother- but lately I can see her growing up.
She is becoming a lot more tender (finally) and aware of other`s pain.
Whenever we see a picture in a book of someone with a sad face or someone that looks mean, she always says,
“That`s makes me real sad, mom”
“That`s sad for me”.
When Laila cries (like when she wakes up from a nap) and I don`t hop to get her right away Elle says chidingly to me,
“Mom can you get her?”
And when we leave to go in the car-or are anywhere and she can`t see Laila, she`ll say,
“Where`s Laila, mom? We have to find Laila!!”
The other morning just Elle and I were awake, and when Laila got up too, Elle said,
“Mom! She is so ADORABLE. She`s so cute.”
“Am I cute too?”
She will be 3 this summer.
She is OBSESSED with umbrellas, goldfish and flashlights.
Whenever we go to the store she finds them. I have skirted all buying requests by saying: “Maybe for your birthday. “
She don`t really know what a birthday is- except that it`s the time/place where you finally get all the stuff you ever begged for.
It is the Polish Off. The Mountain Top.
She loves to talk about Jesus. If she is watching a movie and there is anything in it that is not happy or looks bad,
She will say to me,
“Jesus doesn`t like that”.
Or take the movie out and bring it to me.
The other day our car battery was dead- and it was completely- DEAD. In one last desperate effort to get it started, I said,
“Elle can you pray that Jesus would start our car?”
Because mommy`s prayer He may not see fit to grant, but HOW could He resist the quaint prayer of a 2 year old?
She rambled on about the car, and then anything that came into her mind. Always vague, and quite creative slash random. She usually adds something at the end of all her prayers about “Dawn and Brent`s baby” or the word “Gracie” or “Hailey”. This one ended with Hailey flying somewhere. I didn`t catch the logistics.
So I should wrap this up with a tender story of God hearing little Elle`s prayer, and our car battery BLAZING to life.
What was really cool was, God saw to the innermost part of Elle`s heart, and I know it was telling God,
I wish my momma would slow down and do something fun with me, and just enjoy ME…
Well, God answered that prayer.
We ditched the car.
We walked to town with the double stroller to run our errands, got some sun, and spent AGES at the park on the way back.
We swung in a carefree way, not a “got to get back soon, Elle” kind of way.
She loves swinging, I bet she swung on the same swing… as I pushed her… for 45 minutes.
We talked about stuff.. and just enjoyed eachother.
In a way we never would have done- in our air conditioned car, hurtling down the highway, erratically running errands.
I like that about God.
She`s sitting here with me now and she said,
“Can you read that? Read that how Elle has peeps?”
Her prize for letting me take her little brown pictures, above.
Because she is still not above bribery.