I was cradling Kate in my arms “like a baby” at bedtime tonight. We had just finished reading a story and I was about to begin our prayers when she looked at me carefully and said, “I love your hair, Mama.”
I laughed in surprise and replied, “Oh! Thank you, Kate!”
“And I love your eyes,” she added, pointing to each of my eyes.
“Aww, thank you Kate. That is so sweet of you to say,” I replied with a smile and a cuddle.
“I love your cheeks, and your forehead, and your ears, and your mouth, and your teeth,” she added, pointing to each one as she said them.
Then she put her tiny little hands on each of my cheeks to hold my face and whispered, “I love everything.”
My heart burst as I snuggled her tight, covered her in kisses and exclaimed, “Oh Kate, I love everything about you, too!”
I continued cradling my precious girl in my arms as I began our bedtime prayer the same way I have every night for the past 2 years and 3 months: “Dear God, thank you for my wonderful daughter Kate. She is the joy of my world…”