In the morning while we are getting ready for our day, I mentioned to Charlie Mae that while reading on our Kindle (we share), an APP popped up which had a baby on it, I clicked it and the baby was crying because it had poo'ed. Charlie Mae asked "did you change her?" I said "No! I didn't change her, I tried to click on the shower and the diaper and nothing happened, so I clicked off the APP!" She looks at me, half silly and half sweet "Mom, and you really think I'm going to trust you to watch my real children someday?" and she giggles. I say HA!
A little later she asks "Mom, how many bridesmaids can you have in your wedding?" Me, puzzled answer "How ever many you'd like. Well, but then that depends, are you going to Vegas or are Mom & Dad paying for the wedding?" She smiles "Funny! 'Cause I was just thinking I have a few really good friends I'd like to be in my wedding and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings." I share "You have a very long time until you have to worry about it, like I'm talking thirty years!" She looks at me. "Mom, in thirty years I'll be thirty nine!" I reply "YEP!" and long pause.... Then she says "And mom, you will be seventy three!" To which I quickly spin around, a bit light headed I think and say "PERFECT!" but feeling so very old in the moment. Charlie Mae looks back at me. "Ummm Mom, I was hoping you would be one of my bridesmaids. If you are seventy three I'm going to have to have someone push you down the aisle, really you wanna be pushed down an aisle?" I laugh, "What? You don't think I'll be able to walk down an aisle at seventy three?" Giggling she says "Mom, I want you to look good on my wedding day, not all old" To which I couldn't help but laugh.
My sweet Mini Me proceeded to share her "dream wedding" and how excited she was to someday ask her best friend (She ALWAYS clarifies, her "kid" best friend, because mom is her best, best friend) Stella to be her maid of honor.
Charlie Mae and Stella have been friends for some time now, and are in the same classroom this year. They are stinkin' adorable together. What one doesn't think of the other will.
For Christmas Charlie Mae received a visa card, so she could go shopping for herself. It warmed my heart last week when she was on CLAIRS a website of jewelry looking for "best friend" necklaces to purchase, because Stella is having a birthday in February. She searched and sifted and got everyone's opinion on which necklace she should order. In the end, she ordered two! And the wait was on. Could not hardly stand not being at home when the mail arrived each day and when the box didn't arrive, sad face set in.
Last night upon pulling into the driveway THE BOX was on the porch. I don't know that I've ever witnessed my child run so fast to the front door ever... full bladder included! She was SO excited to see the gift for her BFF had arrived and couldn't wait to open it. We get inside and she does just that, opens up the box and peers in BIG SMILES and SO EXCITED. So proud of her selection for her BFF.
I shared during this time that Stella's mom had contacted me earlier in the afternoon and shared Stella has the flu. Charlie Mae quickly gets my phone and proceeds to check in on her "bestie", who was not in class today.
They began texting back and forth and Charlie Mae was sharing the excitement in having the necklaces finally arrive. Stella kept sharing "how sweet" it was of Charlie Mae to order them and she couldn't wait to see them. They agreed, they would share the BFF Necklace before Stella's birthday so they could wear them together. Their final message of the night was Charlie Mae wishing Stella to get well because she didn't like life without her and Stella telling Charlie Mae she loved her. "Love you so much bestie"
As I watched this friendship through the evening, I so appreciated my daughters excitement to love and share with her friend. To want to be kind and caring, to want to gift her a token of how much she means to her. I equally appreciated Stella and her sharing her feelings as well. To know my daughter has such a caring, loving and giving heart, I thought I would burst.... BUT! It gets better.
Charlie Mae prays out loud with me each night. I so appreciate that she not only prays over her friends BUT she also prays over their pets! It typically cracks me up a bit because I think WOW couldn't we say "Stella and her family" in place of Stella and all of her pets and their names. And then I smile, God love this precious child who doesn't care how long it takes, as she prays over her friend.
Last night as she was prayerful, she said a special prayer that Stella would feel better today. When we were done, she asked "Do you think God heard me say I really hope Stella feels better?" I replied "Of course! He hears all your prayers, even prayers you don't say out loud and only think about" To which she gave me a silly look. "What?" I asked. "Nothing" she smiled. I look at her again questionable. And she says "Really? Because I think about things kind of like I'm praying but I don't want anyone to know, God hears that too?" I say "Yessss" and she looks at me and smiles BIG and says "that's so cool huh mom?" YES IT IS!
So thankful this morning for a child who loves her friends, loves her momma and without any question or hesitation, loves her Jesus!