Monday, August 11, 2008

More Lessons from a 4 Year Old

We are constantly amazed at how much Abigail is able to understand and how much she actually teaches us. This week, there were a couple of major lessons learned from her that stand out.

1. She has an aunt that is having the same problems conceiving a child that Paul and I went through. I understand how frustrating and heartbreaking it is. Well, I was telling Abby that we needed to pray for her aunt to help her have a baby. She said, "We will have to pray a LOT!" I agreed and said something like, "Well, she is lucky to have you praying for her because your prayers count extra, I think." She looked at me like an adult would and said, very gently (so that I would truly understand), "Mummy, Heavenly Father listens to everyone's prayers because he loves everyone." (Silly, me... she's right, of course).

2. I was having a really rough day physically on Sunday. Every time I stood up to do anything, those dumb, Braxton Hicks "practice" contractions would start and let me tell you, they can be painful... plus I had pulled a few ligaments and the babies were working together to try to stretch me out and make things as uncomfortable as possible. The last straw came when I started making sandwiches for lunch. The contractions started, so I pulled up a stool to sit as I prepared them. Well, that didn't work at all and after making 2 measly sandwiches, I couldn't do any more so I fell back in my chair and started to cry... I mean, if I can't make sandwiches for my family, I really am of no REAL usefulness and things are not going to get easier for months! I was trying to hold back for Abby's sake, and said, "Don't worry, I just need a drink of water and to lie down for a little while." I wasn't paying much attention, but she immediately jumped down from the table, went and got her "Cars" cup and filled it with water, brought it to me and said, "Here's some water, Mummy. Will this make you feel better?" Well, I really lost it then. I gave her a huge hug and told her how much I loved her and quickly went to my bed before she could see anymore. What a sweet girl. How did I ever get so amazingly lucky in the family department?

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

I just love Abby. Her mind and thought process amazes me!

Hannah said...

What a cute, cute girl!! She is so smart and sweet.

I hope you start feeling better. No fair that you are feeling those contractions already!!

Sarah said...

What a cute sweet girl! Sorry you are are not feeling as well as you would like

Micah and Cassidy Bate said...

Abby truly is a sweet little girl. You are so lucky! I'm sorry things aren't going so well. If you guys need anything, let us know! We'd love to help out!

Kim Tafua said...

Oh my little Bethany! I know how hard it is to be pregnant and in such pain you can hardly stand it. You've got a great little girl. I've had so many of those days it's not even funny... At least she only brought you a glass of water to help. It's bad when you're having a melt down and the first thing your kids do is run to the cupboard to get your Rx anti-depressants... "Here mommy, these will help you to stop crying!" but instead of water, they bring me a diet coke... and like you, that's when I start to cry even more. Hang in there, love ya!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany,

Abby is just such a cutie! How smart she is. I also wanted to say how great your blog is, what a wonderful way to let your babies know how much they are loved. As well as informing everyody of your lifesteps! I appreciate it and look forward to new posts!!

Tasheana said...

Awww...Abby is such a cutie. Sorry about the painful contractions. Not too much longer though right? less than 2 months for me! you are so blessed to have such a wonderful, growing family.

Lori said...

Thank you for sharing this. It brought my own emotions out as I read it. She is a sweetheart for sure and I am always amazed at how in tune our precious kids can be. You do have a wonderful family and Abby will be an exceptional big sister!