Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The little things...

Tonight Rob escorted Alexa on a date.  She was so excited!  She jumped and squealed when he told her about it the other night.  She could hardly wait. This morning she asked me to help her get down her "perfect dress" from her closet to wear on her date.  Then she needed a necklace and her hair in a ponytail...

When they got home tonight, Alexa wrapped her arms around her brothers with the overflow from within her little heart from her special evening.  Rob told me that she did not stop talking the entire dinner date!

Isn't it the little things that make the biggest difference?

Last summer we took a two-and-a-half week vacation - headed to the Pacific Ocean - hauling our tent trailer and camping at different destinations along the way.  Just a few days into our trip, Alexa was melting down, becoming quickly aggravated by her brothers.  I sensed her just being out of sorts.  With my arms full with 3-month-old, Madeline, Rob was on it.  He walked over to Alexa and offered her his hand.  I remember Alexa willingly putting her little hand in his and the two of them walking off into the distance.  I don't know what they talked about, if at all.  I just know that they came back about twenty minutes later and she was better. I can't recall another meltdown after that.

When finally home, fourteen days and a half a dozen destinations later, Rob and I asked Robby and Alexa what the favorite part of their trip was.

Robby said his favorite part was the river rafting, caving, and learning to ride his bike.

Alexa said her favorite part was going on a walk with daddy to the beach.

In her words:
(To me) "It was so special because it was just daddy and me,"


 "That was the first time I liked daddy the bestest."

(To Rob) "That's why I love you."

Such a small thing that made a huge imprint on Alexa's heart.

It doesn't usually take much to romance a child's heart.  It just takes a little time to get to know their heart. 

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