It was "Dad's Night" at Giovanni's pre-school, and luckily his Dad flew back into town in time for the event, so I took our daughter, Sophia, out for a "dinner date" -- Giovanni and I have shared a few of these when Sophia and Joe have had their Indian Princess camp-outs. We decided to go somewhere different--a place we haven't been to before as a family. We settled on "Zov's" -- a classy local hang-out. Sophia had never been there before and she was worth every over-priced menu item!
I am amazed at how mature she is and how much she is a "little lady". Just the way she held a conversation this evening was as if she and I were not at once connected by an umbilical cord. However, there were times when she blurted, "Mommy, I love you more than anything in this world because I loved you FIRST!" (This is in reference to whom she really felt connected to from in the womb). She is my never-ending DELIGHT! Sure there are times of challenge--where I feel like I am losing it with patience and the constant "because I told you so's"--but they are nil compared to the overflowing goodness that emanates from Sophia--she is a trooper!
Sophia went to Giovanni's T-ball practice with me the other day, and she wanted to help the coach. I told her to ask permission and he replied with "Sure!" (Little did he know that he had a little adult at his side--way beyond her years!). Sophia then ran to the car and grabbed her softball mitt--she immediately sprinted to the "Miteball" field to assist with the practice. When I saw her rolling ground balls to the boys and saying, "That's what I want!" after they put it in their glove, I almost fell over! I was silently saying, "Who is that child?" Oh wait...she is mine! She is 7, but has the heart and mind of a 30 year-old. She was placing her hand on the shoulders of these boys saying, "You can do it, I know you can!"
"Hello, God?" I am listening, and I am soooo present and aware of your gifts of abundance! Thank you!!! We will always give back to prove that we acknowledge your goodness! We praise you! I hope that Kenton knows his influence: "We were blessed to be a blessing"----and we're hoping to be just that!
Today I made a "Trader Joe's" Banana Bread--it was a mix from a box, but I added 3/4 cup chocolate chips and it was over-the-top delicious!!! You can find the mix boxed in the store. It is awesome!!!