Disclaimer: I am posting this today mostly as a reminder to myself about all the things that make Marissa great and why my life is so blessed just by having her in it. She and I are having "one of those days" today and I am finding it hard to keep these things in mind. Writing it down for you all to read really helps. My apologies for the incorrect grammar, I didn't really feel like taking the time to make it "presentable". Thanks.
*she always wakes up in the morning with a smile.
*she sometimes wakes up from a nap grumpy.
*hearing her "chirping" in her crib when she wakes up
*when I am working in the kitchen, she prefers to be right in there with me, on her favorite spot ~ the ac/heat vent on the floor.
*when she "talks" and she sounds so grown up
*when she "reads" her books
*when she sings along to songs she loves
*when we say sorry to her for something, she kisses and hugs us
*her belly laugh
*the way she claps and cheers when she hears loud sounds like sirens, fireworks, or loud animals at the zoo, when many kids would be scared and cover their ears
*the way she takes on the challenges in her life ~ with persistence and grace, not getting frustrated too often
*the way she dances, especially when she doesn't know we are watching
*the way she rolls her eyes and looks exasperated when I ask her to do something (she sure is good at copying me ;)
*the way she has to hug and kiss her "Christmas Bear" over and over again before taking a nap
*her feisty, strong fighter's spirit.
*how she puts her upstairs toys away and gets so excited just to be able to go downstairs to watch Elmo or Signing Time in the morning
*how she gets excited over the littlest things like going upstairs, going somewhere in the car, going outside.
*the way she teaches me a different lesson about life everyday
*the way she has made me see God differently ~ in ways I was not able or ready to see Him before
There are many, many, many more but I have to attempt to put her down for a nap now. Wish me luck. And no Mom, we didn't make it to Wal-Mart today, maybe we'll have a better day and be able to tomorrow. ;)