My four-year old daughter is a wife and mommy in-the-making. Not much makes me happier. Two things happened over the weekend to remind me of this:
We were all in the van, on our way to the Good Friday service, and from the back, this:
"When I get bigger I get to be a mommy!" (this said joyfully)
Mark and I smiled, and I turned back to smile at our daughter and said, "That's right, honey. You do! What made you think of that right now?"
She said, "I was just thinking it!"
Me: "That's a really fun thought, sweetheart. You are going to be such a wonderful mommy someday."
And that was that. But I have thought of it several times since. I can't tell you how delighted I am that my sweet little girl is excited to "get to be a mommy" someday! :)
Then yesterday we came home from church and ate a light lunch (more like a snack) before naps, because we were scheduled to be at my mom's for lunch at 1:30. The boys went to sleep, and my husband passed through the kitchen (where my daughter and I were) and mentioned, "Boy, I am hungry, though..." I turned to do something at the table and my little girl comes up to me, holding a tupperware from the fridge, and says, "Mommy. This is chicken. Do you know if there is rice in here, too?" And I said, (not knowing where this was going yet), "Um, no, sweetie. That's just chicken." I watched her then turn, walk over to the fridge and pull out another tupperware. She said to me, pleased with herself, "I found the rice!" And then I asked her, "What are you doing, honey?" And she said, very matter-of-factly, "Daddy just said he was hungry. I'm just going to cook him some lunch." And she set both containers near the microwave. I told her that was so sweet of her to be taking such good care of her daddy, and then reminded her that we were having lunch at Grandma's and that daddy would just have to wait a bit!
I was touched by her service and her industriousness: she saw a need and was moving to meet it. I am so grateful for these things I see in her! :)