We got home late from church tonight and I wanted to rush getting the girls to bed. But both of them stopped me in hurry and made me pause and appreciate the moment.
I went to tell Morgan goodnight and there snuggled up next to her were her "Crackers" and Cracker's Friend, "Pretzel". Crackers was her beloved childhood duck. He's had 3 beaks and has needed several stitches thru the years. She usually doesn't sleep with them anymore, at almost 10, she's well past that stage of needing them to sleep. But tonight, there they were - all 3 of them on her pillow. I just had to kiss them all goodnight. And I said to her, "one day all three of you are going to move out and I'm sure gonna miss you all!" We then added 3 more books of the bible to her wall...as we are trying to memorize them all in order for a zone 4/5 challenge from Church and said good night prayers.
Then I went to Sarah's room, had a brief chit-chat moment, followed by her bedtime prayers. She then reached up and gave me 'butterfly kisses' and then I opened my eyes and looked at her and she had one of her giant Sarah smiles on her face. Goodness, these years are sweet! I know they won't last forever, so I have to pause and enjoy them now.
I also secretly hope that one day, they will share butterfly kisses with their kiddos, who will in return, turn around and give them back to me!!