January 04, 2018

To The Cheesy Little Girl On The Messy Kitchen Table...


Yes, you...the cheesy little girl on the messy kitchen table. I absolutely adore this picture of you. I love it so much that I am going to have it framed. It's not the normal picture I would get framed... it's not neat, put together, or planned out. In fact, the clutter of the kitchen table kind of announces my failure to live minimally and organized (I'm really working on that). Your wiggly self is not entirely in focus. Some people would cringe that I let you sit on the table, feet and all. But this picture of you is oh-so-perfect in my eyes. 

On this day, we baked Christmas cookies, a tradition we will do for years to come. We made snickerdoodles with red and green sugar. I was prepared for a chaotic mess of ingredients everywhere, but you were surprisingly careful and orderly during the process. You let me roll the dough, then you dipped it in the bowl of cinnamon and sugar and placed each ball of cookie dough on the pan. I know that you're having fun any time your chin puckers out in that irresistible under-bitten smile. That sweet dimple on your cheek and those squinty eyes tell us that you are thrilled. 

Your little life has already revealed so much. You've shown us our strength and resilience, yet at the same time, you've shown us our utter dependency on Christ to sustain us. We have laughed a lot harder than ever since you've came into the world (seriously...you are freakin' hilarious). We have balanced and juggled more. We have learned to live more selflessly. And if I can really sum up why I love this picture so much, maybe it's because you've shown us that life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful. Our lives mirror the messiness and joy shown in this picture. 

I look forward to baking with you again soon. In the meantime, I trust that you will help me find the perfect place to display this picture of you. 


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