15 Nov “Pretty”
“Turn round Mimi. Turn round. Pretty. Pretty.” Two years old Eden spoke and smiled as she turned around and around in a circle. She was wearing a skirt and loved watching the skirt move when she twirled. Eden wanted me to “turn round” like she was turning. I tried. Finally, I said, “Mimi can’t turn like you. I get dizzy.”
Each time that Eden moved her body, the fabric on her little purple and white skirt lifted. She giggled and announced, “Pretty. Pretty.” The more she twirled, the more she laughed. At one point, her movement showed that she was dizzy, too.
Eden and I continued to laugh. She wanted me to see her move. “Pretty. Pretty.”
I commented. “Yes, Eden, you are pretty. Very pretty.”
As the bond between Eden and Rowan grows, the love between brother and sister is evident. When Rowan is sad, Eden tries to cheer him with laughter and hugs. When Rowan and I view videos of Eden, he says, “She’s so cute. I love her.”
There are times when Eden likes to wear Rowan’s clothes. When Rowan arrives here from school, he often changes into “play clothes”. Rowan and Eden have a drawer of clothing at our house. Eden has learned to look for Rowan’s clothes and then, she wants to wear something of his. We laugh as she chooses shirts and pants that are too big for her. That doesn’t matter. Rowan is changing clothes and she is changing clothes, too, just like big brother.
A basket of hats, earmuffs, and scarves sits on a shelf in the hall closet. Sometimes, Rowan, Eden, and Bop and Mimi like to play restaurant. Bop adorns a hat and scarf and pretends to be “Mr. Periwinkle” or some other made up character. Mimi and Rowan are the restaurant people. Eden is a customer, too. She puts on a hat and scarf and one glove. The glove quickly turns into a puppet.
Bop and I continue to be amazed and filled with joy at the imaginations and creativity of these children. The mind of a five years old boy and a two years old girl are fascinating. Every day is a new adventure.
We are thankful to be able to share in their lives. And, yes, when Eden wants Mimi to “turn round, turn round” so I can twirl like her, I will gladly twirl, just a lot slower than Eden’s twirls.
Yes, Eden, you are “pretty, pretty.”
Eden and Rowan are two of the biggest blessings God has provided. The opportunity to see the simple things in life from their perspective allows us to remember to find joy in every moment. When sad times come, we can rest in knowing God is with us and those sad times will pass. When good times come, we can give thanks to the Father for His endless love and mercy.
Today is a good day. Today is a great day to “turn round, turn round” and enjoy the laughter of young and not so young.
How are you finding laughter today?
Mimi aka Melissa Henderson
JD WiningerPosted at 14:38h, 15 November
You are just going to have to send me a photo of “Mr. Periwinkle” one day Ms. Mimi. Oh, what a blessing I received. My heart laughed, sang, and twirled with you my friend. Thank you for bringing joy today. That very precious gift your grandchildren bring into your lives. God’s blessings ma’am.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 15:17h, 15 November
Thank you so much dear friend. Yes, “Mr. Periwinkle” is quite the funny sight. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Laurie LarsenPosted at 14:43h, 15 November
What joy you give and receive! You are making a huge impact in these beautiful children’s lives!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 15:18h, 15 November
Laurie, thank you so much. Alan and I are blessed. I’m sure you know that feeling. 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Joanne ViolaPosted at 15:01h, 15 November
Melissa, what a joy you are to your grands and they are to you! Just think of the memories they will always have. You inspire me to enjoy every moment of play and laughter with our own three!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 15:19h, 15 November
Joanne, thank you so much. I love how God shows us the simple ways to find laughter and joy. Have a blessed day and enjoy your three grandchildren! 🙂
Karen RuhlPosted at 15:17h, 15 November
Melissa, we have our 10-month-old grandson staying with us for a bit. I love watching him look at the world through his eyes and try to figure out how to do new things. He took his first step here and that turned in to 7 steps. Glory be to God for letting us experience the love of our grandchildren. Have a blessed day. <3
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 15:20h, 15 November
Amen. Glory to God for grandchildren. I love seeing photos of your grandson. He is adorable! He’s always smiling! Have a blessed day! 🙂
Nancy E. HeadPosted at 17:07h, 15 November
Rowan and Eden will carry the warm memories you’re making with them throughout their lives. What joys! God bless, Melissa. Thank you.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 18:43h, 15 November
Thank you Nancy. I am blessed to be their “Mimi”. Have a blessed day! 🙂
June FosterPosted at 17:22h, 15 November
Melissa, indeed the Lord has blessed you with those 2 precious grandchildren. I love the way you are able to find joy in them and to see the Lord working in your life through their little lives.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 18:43h, 15 November
Thank you June. When I think of Rowan and Eden, I instantly smile. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Jeannie WatersPosted at 18:12h, 15 November
I enjoyed your delightful post, Melissa. Keep the stories coming.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 18:44h, 15 November
I appreciate your kind words, Jeannie. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Janet from FLPosted at 18:22h, 15 November
Grandkids have a super power. It’s making us laugh!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 18:45h, 15 November
Love that! A super power! I agree. They make us laugh. 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Barbara HarperPosted at 19:54h, 15 November
Time with grandkids is such a fun. We forget how to just play for fun sometimes, and grandkids remind us to slow down and do that. I hope they’ll cherish those memories. I still have fond memories of my grandmother even though I am a grandmother now.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 20:47h, 15 November
Precious memories are being made every time we are with the grandkids. Alan and I are thankful to God for His blessings of grandchildren. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Melinda Viergever InmanPosted at 06:29h, 16 November
I love your family stories. They capture the love you hold for your grandchildren and the. Leadings they bring to you!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:13h, 16 November
Thank you Melinda. Rowan and Eden are true blessings. Have a blessed day! 🙂
KarenPosted at 07:25h, 16 November
Precious story. Precious grandchildren. Precious memories. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving! xoxo
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:14h, 16 November
Thank you Karen. Yes, precious. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Yvonne MorganPosted at 18:05h, 16 November
Once again I smile as I picture the scene. Grandkids are a true blessings in our lives and something I thank God for allowing me to enjoy their twirls and laughter. Thanks Melissa
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 21:15h, 16 November
Yes, grandkids are true blessings from God. I’m smiling as I think of the fun we will have this week when Rowan and Eden come to play. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Ava PenningtonPosted at 00:00h, 17 November
Love how you take time to notice the small joys in life!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 12:53h, 17 November
I am thankful God allows us to notice and enjoy the small joys in life. 🙂 Have a blessed day!
KrisPosted at 17:07h, 17 November
Grandchildren are such a blessing! Thank you for sharing this sweet story and reminding us to enjoy the everyday moments, especially those with our wonderful grandchildren! ❤️
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 20:48h, 17 November
Yes, I agree. Grandchildren are blessings! 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Jessicajbrodie@gmail.comPosted at 18:36h, 17 November
I can feel the joy in your stories, Melissa! What precious children!!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 20:49h, 17 November
Rowan and Eden bring great joy to the world. I’m thankful to be their Mimi. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Lynn J SimpsonPosted at 21:19h, 17 November
Children have a way to make us snap right back into the present! What a dear present they are!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:35h, 18 November
Yes, yes! Children are precious gifts. We can learn many valuable lessons from them. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Katherine PasourPosted at 17:07h, 21 November
Loved you message–what a day brightener! My grandchildren bring me joy. God truly blesses us to the utmost when He sends us those precious children. Happy Thanksgiving, Melissa and family!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 22:51h, 21 November
Thank you so much Katherine. Yes, grandchildren are blessings. Happy Thanksgiving! Have a blessed day! 🙂
Debbie WilsonPosted at 16:17h, 29 November
I smiled all the way through this. What a special connection you have with your grandchildren. I had that with my grandmother. A gift you carry your whole life.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:52h, 30 November
Thank you Debbie. These are precious moments to enjoy. 🙂 Have a blessed week dear friend. 🙂
BrittanyPosted at 19:51h, 12 December
These moments are so precious indeed.