I always pictured my life as a mom of a little girl as one filled with, well, sugar and spice and everything nice. I never envisioned the drama a little girl can bring. I never knew that a girl as young as two years old could have a total meltdown over mismatched clothes and fashion preferences. Like a lot of moms out there, I romanticized the life I would have with my little princess from the moment the ultrasound tech told me I was having a girl. But then reality hit and I had the realization that my daughter might be just like me – human and imperfect. There are days when my daughter really challenges me and today was one of them. But then a song on the radio reminded me that these little girl years are fleeting and will be gone before I know it, so I took a minute to think about the ways that my daughter delights and blesses me. Appreciating your daughter can be difficult when she is trying your patience and your confidence in your parenting skills, but it is so very important to do.
The song I heard today that stopped me in my tracks is one that always makes me cry. Steven Curtis Chapman is the father of several daughters and his song Cinderella was inspired by his experiences with them. Unfortunately, one of his sweet daughters died in a tragic accident not too long after this song was released, giving the song a new meaning to many of his fans. When I hear this song it not only reminds me of how quickly our children grow up, but also of how quickly they can leave this earth.
My heart breaks for parents like Mr. Chapman and my sister who also lost a daughter. I cannot imagine my life without my daughter My daughter can be a handful, but she is also the sweetest girl I know. I love the way she grabs my face, turns it to the side, and then plants five kisses on my cheek in rapid succession. I love her passion for dance and music. I love her wit and her strength. She adds so much color and joy to my world. Lord above, thank you for this sweet girl!
Please take a few minutes to watch this video and then tell me one wonderful thing about your daughter.