There are many times in a mom's life that her heart just swells; full of pride, full of love and full of joy at the beauty, the sweetness and the characteristics that make up their small child! I had a couple such occasions over the weekend, but one in particular sticks out to me.
Joshua and I were busy running around for a youth Disciple-Now event, so my parents lovingly came up to watch Jovey for us, so that she could stay close to routine and I could be free to help my hubby out in an aspect of our ministry together. As usual, Nana and Granddad took Jovey out to get a happy meal at McDonald's and to let her play. The next stop, or course, would need to be a place to look at dresses for our little princess (whenever we see a dress, Jovey calls it a princess dress and would wear one everyday if I allowed her to!). Nana, found 3 to let her choose from and she chose the "pretty purple princess dress and pretty blue princess dress." Nana and Granddad were looking to leave the children's clothing area at Kohl's, when Jovey said, "Wait, Nana! We gotta get a pretty princess dress for my little sister!" As I have said before in previous posts, we are expecting our 2nd little girl in June, so not wanting her to be left out, Jovey quickly reminded them that she needed to have a new princess dress as well. Nana and Granddad looked at each other with surprise at the thoughtfulness of their not even 2 1/2 year old granddaughter and went back to pick out a pretty, yellow princess dress for her little sister!
There are many times I worry about having mulitiple children. How can I be a good mommy to more than one child? Won't Jovey feel left out when I have to share time with our new, helpless, little one? Will Jovey accept her? Will she stay sweet and kind, or be jealous and mean? God tells me again and again that things will all work out, and even in moments that I'm not there, He's preparing her to be a great big sister!