When I heard my daughters up at 6:45 this morning, I thanked the Lord for an extra 45 minutes or so of sleep. Yep, Allie's had me up by at least 6 every morning lately. Poor girl has been really sick. Now that her fever is gone, she's just coughing and feeling miserable. So we were up A LOT last night. Anyway, Avery had gotten up and seen Allie laying on the floor and I guess some maternal instincts kicked in. This is as close a version as I can remember to their conversation:
Avery: "Are you OK?"
Allie: "Yes, I'm having a hard time cleaning my nose."
Avery: "Do you know what Mommy told me a lot and a long time ago? She said that you can pray to God in your heart and He will help you. Like you can ask Him to take away your bad dreams and give you good dreams or you can ask Him to help your nose feel better."
Allie: "I'm having a hard time cleaning my nose."
Avery: "I think you had a hard time sleeping because you were coughing a lot and it kept you awake."
Allie: "I'm just having a hard time cleaning my nose."
Avery: "You can go tell Mommy and she will help you."
Allie: "Yeah, I can go get in bed with Mommy and sleep with her if I have a hard time sleeping."
Avery: "Wait here and I will go talk to Mommy." (to me) "Mommy, Allie's having a hard time."
And as they went downstairs to watch Curious George on PBS, I heard them say:
Avery: "Allie, I'll let you pick whatever show you want." (which is moot since there's only one channel with kids' shows on at our house)
Allie: "And can I sit in the soft chair?" (obviously one source of contention in our home)
Folks, kindness DOES occur in our home! Praise the Lord! You can imagine the beaming smiles Rich and I had on our faces as we listened in our bed...