I watch Holland and excitedly anticipate all of the milestones that she will be experiencing in the next coming months: first tooth, first meal, first step, among many others. All of these are important steps that help her blossom into maturity. Recently, at only three months, she has discovered her gift of laughter. But even before that came the first magical smile. I remember it well. It was news to relate to her dad, grandparents and whomever else would care to listen. Before that smile it was all work and no play--diapers, feedings, and naps over and over again. But when she smiled for the first time, the work mindset diminished and transformed into service unto a fellow being.
Because I smiled back. And then I laughed. I find it very interesting that the very first skill we all learn as human beings is the simple act of smiling. And yet, it is probably one of the most important skills we will ever have. She can't walk, talk, roll over or even eat on her own and yet she still smiles. She is a happy girl. When I have an especially down day, I count my blessings and am grateful to my little babe to remind me that a smile can make all the difference.
Yesterday was just a wonderful day. I love Sundays, especially if there is a long lazy afternoon attached to it. Brooklyn and Roman sang in their Primary Program and then we enjoyed a delicious, slowly cooked pot roast after church. Then I made cinnamon rolls and the kids helped deliver some to our neighbors. To top everything off we all played hide and go seek as a family before bedtime. (In which we learned that Roman is a very creative hider.) Even Holland played, pretending at one point to be a doll for camouflage.
Well, Halloween is over. Costumes have been worn and children worn out. Pumpkin buckets have been filled and (already!) emptied. The children's blood sugar level is to an all-time high with all the candy they've consumed in the last 24 hours.