Day 2…no paci’s…”That was a good story Daddy,”

Tonight we were telling bedtime stories like we always do and after the story you started crying and asking for your paci. To try to distract you I asked if you wanted another bedtime story. You said yes as your cry became a quiet pout…” tell me a story about animals”…

Daddy:  Once upon upon a time there was a little girl…

Audrey (interrupts like you always do):  named Audrey and Amelia and mommy and daddy Martin. 

Daddy:  That’s right, Audrey. The little girl named Audrey had a paci and she was going outside to play. She went out in the backyard and she saw a little cow that had a paci in her mouth. Audrey ran over to see the cow and said ” you silly cow!  Why do you have a paci?”  The cow replied, “I just had a birthday and I turned 3 years old.”

Audrey (interrupts again):  I’m 3 years old too daddy. 

Daddy:  Wow!  That’s so cool. You and the cow are the same age! (We continued the story)…the cow told Audrey “Now that I’m 3 years old, I need to give my paci to a baby cow that needs a paci”. Audrey and the cow looked around the farm and saw a baby cow crying over next to the barn. So they went over to see why the baby cow was crying. Audrey asked, “Why are you crying baby cow?”  The baby cow said, “I don’t have a paci and I’m really sad!”  Then the little cow said, “I just had a birthday and I turned 3 years old!  I’m a big girl now and I don’t need my paci anymore. Do you want my paci baby cow?”  Baby cow cried, “Yes, I’m a baby cow and I need a paci!  Big girls like you and Audrey don’t need paci’s anymore!”  Audrey looked at the little cow and said, “She’s right little cow!  We’re big girls now and we don’t need paci’s!”  So Audrey and the little cow gave their paci’s to the baby cow and she was so happy!  The End. 

Audrey:  That was a good story daddy!

I don’t know if it was a good story or if I successfully distracted you, but we sang Jesus Loves Me like we do every night and you went straight to sleep…without your paci. You’ve been saying “that’s a good story daddy” almost every night lately after we’ve made up bedtime stories. I hope to catch your sweet voice saying those words on video because they melt my heart every time. I love you Audrey!  Holding you at night, telling stories, singing “Jesus Loves Me”, and laying you in your crib…I don’t take these times for granted. They’re memories I will cherish forever. We may have taken your paci away…but you’ll always be my baby girl!

We took your paci’s😂😂…wait for it…

Day 1 of no more paci’s…you got a card in the mail…we asked you to read it to us.

The pre-story… we planned on taking your paci’s on Valentines Day so we told you Cupid was going to get them and give them to little girls that didn’t have any paci’s. in return Cupid was going to give you some good candy. Unfortunately, you got sick around Valentines Day so we didn’t take them. 

Mrs. Rita got you a gift card to Build-A-Bear for your birthday and mommy seized the opportunity to ask you if you wanted to give your paci to your new teddy bear (named Pumpkin…pronounced Punkin).  You excitedly said yes so we let you put the paci inside the bear. You helped put the stuffing inside the bear and then tied it up!  We ran into Mamaw Debbie in the mall and we prompted you to show her your new teddy bear and tell her about it. You told her that you put your paci inside. At that point, you realized that you didn’t have a paci and a mini breakdown ensued. Then you reminded us that you had more paci’s at home so mommy reminded you that Cupid had came by the house while we were gone and got all your paci’s for the little girls that needed them.  When we got home, we checked the mail and told you there was a card for you. We asked you to read it and mommy got it on video. 4-8-17

How quick things change…

Last couple mornings I’ve left Audrey crying for daddy as I had to go to work. Breaks my heart. This morning she’s doing the same thing. As I’m trying to figure out how to slip away Kelsey ask Audrey if she wants to go to the park…Audrey looks at daddy…quits crying and says…”you go to work! I go to park! Bye daddy!”😂😂. How quickly I was traded for the park!😂😂

Teaching you to pray

A lot of people struggle with praying because they believe they need to use the right words or feel like they don’t know how to pray or what to say. I’ve been told by many people of getting extremely nervous about praying out loud with others. Some seem to think they have to know and use phrases  like “How great thou art oh Lord.”  Or they think that they must use King James Version verbatim when talking to the Lord.  Or maybe it’s that they want their prayer to sound elegant or maybe even impressive to someone else. The Bible gives many references on how pray, why to pray, and even examples of prayers.  (Luke 11:1-13, Matt. 6:4 & 9-13,  James 4:8, Matt 14:23, Mark 1:35, and many more)  For now, I just want my little girl to learn that God wants to talk to you and he wants you to talk to him. It’s as simple as that.  Gods not concerned about your proper prayer format or the words you use. He just wants to hear you!  

With all that said, your mom and I have been praying with you everyday since the day you were born!  We pray before every meal and mommy helps you with a bedtime prayer every night.  We always keep it simple. We thank the Lord for our family. We thank the Lord for our food. We sometimes thank the Lord for your toys and even Disney World😜. Mommy prays for angels to watch over you and protection. Most of the time you close one eye while squinting and peaking out the other at mommy and daddy. I think you’ve caught us doing that to you because we’re trying to see what you’re doing😍. Our purpose has always been to teach you that talking to Jesus is easy and important. 

Last night, your mommy and I were blessed with you saying your first prayer! We ask you all the time if you want to say our prayers but until last night you have always smiled and said no. But last night, at the Dairy Dart, after being served cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, Mac and cheese, and French fries… bowed your head and prayed…

“Jesus, thank you for mommy! Thank you for daddy! Thank you for Audrey!  And thank you for this food!  AMEN!!!!!”

My heart overflows with joy continuously because of you.  I’m so proud of you!  I love you girl!  

Sick or Trick?😂

You were running a fever Monday but you still wanted to play outside and it didn’t seem to phase you much, other than your appetite. We laid you down at normal bed time and you went straight to sleep. All was well until about 1 am, you woke up and cried. Since you were running a fever, we quickly brought you to bed with us which was a struggle because you didn’t feel well and were very restless. Next morning, mommy takes you to the Dr and they say you have strep throat!!  But, once again you were a champ all day and it didn’t slow you down a bit!  You played outside with mommy and was in the best mood when daddy got home!  After a mild bath, you weren’t even running a temp at all. We go to put you down to sleep and you weren’t having it!  Mommy held you and rocked you for about an hour. Once she thought you were asleep, she tried to lay you down, but nope, you started crying. So daddy came in to relieve mommy. I held you and rocked you for another hour or so, but you would not lay down in the crib. Every time we tried to lay you down…you cried and cried!

So…finally, mommy comes in and says “let’s just put her in our bed.”  I carry you in our room, I lay you down in our bed…you reached down and grabbed the covers and tucked yourself in!!😂😂. It was as if you looked up at me, smiled and winked, and then pulled up the covers and went straight to sleep. Mommy didn’t even get in bed right away as she went to the bathroom to get ready for bed, but you didn’t mind a bit. You were like, “I’ll be right here in yalls bed when you’re ready!”😂😂. 

This is a memory I hope to remember forever. You’re sweet face as you pulled those covers up!  Mommy and I have laughed all day about it. I wish I would’ve got a picture. I love you girl!

Stay at home mom be like…

“My baby’s got this funky rash and I googled it and I think she might have -“insert crazy medical term here”-”

“Girl, you usin’ that Johnson and Johnson?!? Oh no you didn’t!”

“No, I’m not gonna tell daddy, but girl she had to eat 15 Popsicles while he was at work today. I know, right, I had to. She was bouncin’ off the walls today!”

“And she had the nerve to tell me that she only got 5 hours of sleep last night…do what?!?  I was like, girl I haven’t had 5 hours all week!”

“You won’t believe this…Shelia told me she just went and turned the baby monitor off!?!  Uh-uh, oh no!”

For real though, stay at home moms be like…the most amazing women ever!  In my opinion, a stay at home mom is like a mix between a navy seal, a ninja, MacGyver, Betty Crocker, Wonder Woman, and maybe even a little Benny Hinn.  A navy seal because you are tougher than nails and seem to be prepared for anything. A ninja because you can magically rock a baby to sleep, get up and walk to the crib, and lay her down without her ever even knowing you were in the room. MacGyver because your diaper bag is filled to the brim with any and every possible contraption needed to resolve any possible situation. Betty Crocker because you can whip up a healthy meal with any ingredient you can find. Wonder Woman because you can function on little to no sleep but still have the energy to be the best mommy a child could ever wish for. And maybe, just maybe, a hint of Benny Hinn because you can magically heal almost any boo-boo with the kiss of your lips. (Thank the Lord, it’s your kiss and not your forehead punch or we’d have to call social services!😜)  If you don’t know Benny Hinn watch this. All puns aside, you are truly, absolutely amazing!

I think most people don’t realize how much you do everyday. For those of us that have an 8 to 5, we got it made because you are on call 24 hours a day. Your normal day starts around 6, maybe 7 (if she sleeps) and ends when you get her back to sleep at the end of the day (that is if she sleeps, of course). You’re a chef, a teacher, a comforter, an entertainer, a chauffeur, a planner, a nurse, a counselor, the list goes on and on but most importantly you are a mother. You are an amazing woman with amazing talents!  Most people hope to have at least one gift or talent, you however are gifted in so many ways!  

Dear Audrey, 

You are blessed to have one of the best stay at home moms!  Everything mentioned above describes your mommy plus more. She’s the one that calms you when you’re crying. She’s the one that you call out for at night. She’s the one who cooks your every meal. She’s the one that takes you to the park. She’s the one that teaches you something new everyday.  When daddy wakes you up in the morning, the first thing you say is, “where’s mommy?”  Even though daddy tries so hard, sometimes he just can’t compete with what you and your mommy have.  The bond of a mother and daughter is something amazing to see. Your mommy loves you more than anything in the world. And it doesn’t take long to see that you love mommy like that too. We’re so lucky to have such an amazing stay at home mom. God is Good!

Love, Daddy

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:”. ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”  Proverbs‬ ‭18:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.”  Proverbs‬ ‭31:10-12‬ ‭ESV‬