A little story before beady-by time. So, as I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I have 5 kids of our own. Recently I’ve started watching another little girl 3 days out of the week. Her mom came to me and asked if I knew anyone she could ask to watch her daughter and, without hesitation, I said “I will!” I figured, hey! It’s perfect because her daughter and my oldest are good friends from church. Her family isn’t native to this country and what better way to get to know a new culture and make new friends?! I told my friends and family that we added another noise maker to the house and they look at me like I’ve lost my mind. (They looked at me that way since #3 came along…so it’s nothing new to me.)
I’ve enjoyed parts of it and other parts I’ve wanted to pull my hair out. The parts I really enjoy, though, are when the kids get together and they decide to put on performances for me. I see the influence of this other little girl working it’s way into my kids and it’s so much fun to watch! It reminds me of when my brother and I would put on plays and concerts and roller skating shows for our mom and dad. (He was more like forced into doing it, because I’m the artsy fartsy one in the family, but we both enjoyed it….I think.) Anyway, their biggest thing is putting together singing performances for me and the younger kids.
There is something so sweet about the sound of little voices singing! You know how you watch talent shows on TV and there’s this little kid that just leaves you jaw dropped by the sound that comes out of their little lungs?? Ok, it’s nothing like that. Those super strong singers at such a young age is really amazing and they have an incredible talent, but those little voices are still going to go through a lot of change in the years to come and will require a lot of work to maintain. These little voices, though, it’s like watching floppy puppies first learn how to walk or the sweet cries of a baby (before they find their spine tingling screech). It’s sweet and innocent and full of so much emotion and uncertainty.
One of my daughters is quite talented. She’s my mini-me in so many ways! My other daughter is just SO full of heart and compassion that I wonder where in the world she got it from. It has to be from her dad because I was never the one to call every person I saw in passing “my friend.” She has a gigantic heart and it comes out in the songs that she sings…just slightly off pitch. If you catch my drift. Anyway, this other little girl has one of those super beautiful voices. Not talent show strong, but full of potential. As they’re singing their songs about Jesus and Love and whatever ditty they learn in Sunday school, I’ve watched my oldest daughter try to copy the singing style of her friend. It’s almost silly because I think she sounds so much better when she sings in her own style.
Today, as they were performing, it had me thinking about Heaven. How, when we are called home, we will join the choir of angels in an eternity of praising God and lifting our voices up in song to Him. How I can’t wait to hear what that sounds like and to add my own voice to the mix! I’ve always felt most connected in church when I’m singing and I grew up singing in church choirs and humming hymnals as I went about my day. I even used to keep a book of hymnals in my room and would flip through them whenever I wanted a song to sing or some sheet music to practice sight reading.
My mini-me is pretty secure in her identity, I think. At least for now….we’ll see how that goes when the hormone fairy makes a visit. However, my oldest? Not so much. I pray that she’ll one day feel secure in who she is and what her strengths are. That she knows that I love her just as she is and above all, that Christ and her Father love her infinitely more than me! Because it’s her true voice, whatever that may sound like, that they want to hear rejoicing in the awesomeness of God and of her love for Him! Now….if I could only get them to hold off singing the christmas tunes for another month or two…. *wink.
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