Two nights ago Aiden and Apple were sound asleep and Ainsleigh comes tiptoeing in. With her Ainsleigh grin. Ainsleigh used to be our best sleeper and right after Apple was born she discovered that she got some one on one time with me (or me and Chris) if she woke up when the other two were asleep. And I am not going to lie..it wound up being a sweet little time that we cherish(ed) with her.
So the other night Chris was out of town on a shoot in Temple and Ains and I were up…she was talking and smiling so big (she has the sweetest dimples of all time that can melt you two seconds flat) and I was thinking about how in life…. not many of the people who know us as children, know us as adults. I mean, my own husband won’t know what it is like to sit down with a tiny Casey…hear my small 4 year old laugh or see my heart as a small child. Very few of my best friends either.
I almost wonder if we could see the “child” in each other if we would treat each other differently. The small, sweet, innocent child that giggles at bubbles being popped in the front yard.
I sincerely hope that people always cherish my babies like that. Even when they are grown.
I cherish this sweet little girl with all my heart. I want to protect this tiny little two-year-old Ainsleigh and prepare her the best I can for the world.
I want her to be cherished as an adult, the same way she is as a child.
I pray that her future spouse adores her and cherishes her like no other. I hope that the characteristics that I love so much now in a tiny Ainsleigh are fed and fostered so that when she is older they are directed in just the way they were supposed to for who God intended her to be.
I also pray that as my Ainsleigh (and Apple & Aiden too) grows, I am able to cherish who they are becoming and that I can encourage and love the teenage and adult Ainsleigh in a way that she feels as special as the tiny Ainsleigh.
My prayer tonight Ainsleigh Kate. That even when you are 30 years old, with babies of your own…that you are cherished like the little 2 year old wearing her tinker belle costume, plastic high heels that loves to dance & jump in the rain.
I know that I always will.