I have realized once again that being a few months shy of 50 and having two active littles in the house exhausts me. I love having the girlies here but after a few days of togetherness we all start to get stir crazy. So, this morning we all got up, got dressed and headed to Goodwill. Little did I know how a couple hours out of the house would refresh us all. And in ways I never imaged.
A few years ago my word of the year was JOY. I loved living that word. I found joy in so many unexpected places. Today my world is still filled with joy and my granddaughters bring so much of it into my life. What I tend to forget is how much joy that can give others. As I am walking through the aisles with Bella in the stroller and Bailey walking along side we can across a lady who started a conversation with Bailey. Bailey is very friendly so she found out the lady's name and told her that Bella wasn't her sister but her cousin and shared their names and how old they are. Carol told me she had 9 grandchildren aged 21 to 15 months. We chatted for a few minutes and off we both went, me with Bella and Bailey both waving bye to Carol. At the checkout two older women both wanted to wait on us, because of the girls. When we were done checking out, the clerk didn't want us to leave as she was having some much fun the the girls. Joy - I got filled by watching the interaction between my girlies and strangers - and the strangers got filled just from talking to the girls. Amazing.
Here's a funny little story from last night. I was sending Brent out for McDonald's and I asked Bailey what she wanted "a cheeseburger or chicken nuggets?" She replied "a cheeseburger". I asked her to ask Bella what she wanted and Bailey told me she didn't think she knew Bella's language. I laughed and told her she was the best one to translate Bella's language since was the closest in age to her. Very seriously, Bailey leaned down and asked "Bella, do you want chicken nuggets or a cheeseburger" and Bella answered with a baby babble. Bailey looked up at me and said "Bella wants a cheeseburger, Nana!" Love, love, love those girlies and those moments.