And This is What I Worked on During Naptime…


We spent the morning at the park and Lydia almost fell asleep in the car on the way home.

I was sure she was sound asleep in bed.
But apparently she wasn’t.

She found her sister’s stamp pads and managed to decorate every room upstairs in a matter of minutes.

Side note–we don’t want her to think this is “cute” or “funny” (or to send mixed messages by taking pictures), so I told her I was taking the photos to send to her dad at work because he would want to know what she did (and because they’d be having a talk-time tonight).

I was kinda smiling in a crazy-nutty-crying-lost-it-sorta-way.

And this is what she did…(about 25% of the damage that I actually documented).



Pretty much every room.


And she was quiet.
REALLY quiet.


Every doorknob.


Her sister’s desk.


Two lampshades and several walls in her sister’s room.


Her sister’s dresser.


My bedspread…
(and other bedspreads).
But that was right before she tried to clean up the mess with our white bathroom towels.


The moment where I told her this photo would be shared with dad.
She loves her daddy–
A. Lot.


The irony (beyond the “always smiling” shirt)…
I had just returned from a summer-in-the-park-study where we were talking about giving thanks.

…give thanks in all circumstances.” ~ 1 Thess. 5:18

So here it goes:

~I’m thankful she didn’t get hurt.

~I’m thankful I had several bottles of Spot Shot on hand.

~I’m thankful for the conversations Laura & I had while we were cleaning.

~I’m thankful for my friend who cautioned me about sending mixed messages by taking photos…  I almost didn’t take the pictures, but felt it was okay in this scenario because Lydia knew they were being sent to her dad and she took that very seriously.  But still–I know God has used my friend to help me be more careful in this area.

~I’m thankful all the ink came out except for the lampshades (and maybe the bedspread).

~I’m thankful this happened today instead of tomorrow when Colson, one of our sons, has surgery.

~I’m thankful that I had enough laundry soap to wash everything.

~I’m thankful that I was at a great Bible study this morning, where God softened my heart before this happened.

~And I’m thankful for Lydia.  I really am.

She is an amazing gift from Him and she adds joy (and excitement) to our lives daily!

With Love,

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