Saturday, February 14, 2009

Big Day for J

This morning I woke J up singing Happy Valentine's Day to the tune of Happy Birthday. She was all agiggle. Totally blew off her healthy breakfast and she had cupcakes, chocolate and sparkling grape juice. When she pulled out her chair she found her card. When she made up the bed she found a book (we're big on books here) and when she was doing her chores she found another book. Totally rocked her world. Then she brought in mine. She bought me (with her hard-earned chore money) a huge heart balloon, the sweetest card and a present she wrapped herself containing a teddy bear. It was the sweetest thing. J is big on cards and studies for a really long time trying to pick out just the right card. Here's what mine said:

"A mother walks ahead of us
to guide us when we're small,
And then she walks behind us
with a hand in case we fall.
Then one day, when she's taught us
everything we need to know,
She points the way to future dreams
and gently lets us go."
You've taught me so much
about life and love and giving,
and those are lessons
I'll never forget.
So don't ever think
I don't appreciate you
and love you, because I do....
with all my heart.
Thank you for your guidance and love.
Let me pause while I puddle up some more.......
That had to be the sweetest thing ever especially considering our journey.
Tonight is a huge monumental night. This will be the first time she has ever spent the night with Papa and Monya!!!! She's really excited. Honestly she was ready in November but it was calving season (my dad's a CPA by day and a gentleman farmer nights and weekends) and that was not something I wanted to expose J to. Not that it's not part of life but pulling a calf from a cow in distress is not pretty and can get very intense (and dangerous) to save them both. I grew up on the farm and still managed to exempt that class.
She wants to go but is a little nervous so we worked out a back up plan. If she's scared at bedtime she can call me and I'll come and get her. If she gets scared in the middle of the night she can wake up Papa and Monya, have them call me and I'll come pick her up. Now she's breathing a sigh of relief and all is right with the world.


Kristina P. said...

What a sweet card! Happy Valentine's Day!

Torina said...

A sleepover! I am so excited for her but mostly for YOU!!! I hope she does okay and you get a night of fun and relaxation. how wonderful would that be!

Tara isn't there yet for sleepovers. Believe me...we have tried...twice. But she ended up stalking grandma and being creepy both times. Maybe next year...ahhh, it would be nice.

Kelly said...

What a sweet card. Couldn't have been written more for you if she had ordered it special made.

Hope she stays all night and can be a "normal" kid tonight. Fun! Fun! How great that would be for both of you.

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

aw that card is the best!!!

Confessions of a Wandering Soul said...

You must be truly blessed to have a blessing like her. And Im sure that feeling is mutual to both of you.Happy Valentine's Day :)

Perspective is Everything said...

Yay! An overnight sitter!

Muppet said...

That is a reaally sweet card. :)

Ahh, the Moms-a-phone-call-away safety net. I thoroughly remember redeeming that offer a few times.

Christa said...

What a sweet card! You deserved it!

Lately, I've had these romantic notions and ideas about living on a farm. I kind of wish that I did.

Alyssa's Mom said...

Just read your post and it has me in tears. I am so happy for J's progress! The other reason for my tears is that while you had such a wonderful day, ours was awful! Alyssa is on a downward spiral and my spirit is just about broke!

I need to regroup - I am a mess!

Knowing how far you guys have come gives me hope - I just wish Alyssa could look forward instead of constantly looking back! She has moments, but I just wish there were more.

Jo said...

Awwww! I was all puddly with that card too. That child has depth many grownups have yet to reach, much less aspire to.