Monday, November 29, 2010

Two little girls in their first baking experience at Mawmaw's house last week.
Wearing dresses they got from the dress-up bin at my house.
Dresses picked up from the consignment store. Christmas dresses that someone, somewhere grew out of...and oh, the joy it brought to them.
The oldest one picked the "santa dress" as she called it.
The youngest one knew immediately she wanted the black knit one with lots of glitter, even though it was much too big. Straps were knotted in the back to make it fit her.
They both wore their fun dresses all day.

They discovered, via me, that they could actually bake in their play bakeware. So, I mixed up some blueberry muffin mix and eagerly they filled it all.

I marveled at how they worked so well together. Pride filled me as I watched them kindly stir the batter, fill the pans and cooperate with each other. You know the feeling.

They moved their chairs and the youngest lost interest for a moment. I watched the older on straighten and organize the tray of ready to bake goodies...
Trouble was brewing and I could see it all transpiring before my eyes...

Little one pulls up chair to resume her chore and proceeds to organize pans to her liking.

They contest for front row chair location, and older one is determined to win. Mawmaw's pride suddenly disappears.
Isn't this just like life for all of us? Everything can be going along fine with family, friends, co-workers and then all of a sudden someone gets what we really want, and it is all downhill from there.
"Jealousy"...what a powerful and devastating emotion that affects each of us in one way or another almost daily.
It will be a life time of learning for these two. I know whereof I speak...even if you are wearing your favorite consignment shop Christmas dresses:)

And, in the end good can still come out of it all...that is real grace and mercy.

ps. thanks to my daughters for their expertise in giving me a blog decor update and a music update, and thanks to my two little girls for another valuable life lesson. What would I do without them!


Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I know whereof you speak! But they are so sweet...smiling or scrapping. You caught them in the moment...and they will laugh at the pictures one day.

debi said...

Judy that was so adorable !! What great memories they will always have of time spent with you.

Love how you tie it in to a life lesson for all :-)

Looking forward to your next....


Sonja said...

Smiling right alongside of you, at this picture of life! I have seen my own 6 do the same, just as we did it at their age, and even sometimes now??!! :)

Precious memories you are building with each one of them.

Jeane` said...

SO sweet. That black, sparkly, fitted number that M. loved so much made me laugh. Thanks for including the ENTIRE memory...not just the sweetness! ;)
Love you!

lindsey said...

They did a great job of wont be long before you are photographing and blogging dinner parties and table decorations that these two young ladies put together. Yes I know onl too well of the sibling battles that go on over items wanted by both siblings!

LDH said...

Your blog looks beautiful! I love stopping by to visit with you! Sweet little ones learning about their journey in loving one another.

Look at those yummy muffins!

Corners of My Life said...

I think baking would be more fun for all of us if we wore Santa dresses and evening gowns!

Stacey said...

Absolutely adorable! I think those pictures should be framed and placed in your kitchen. :)

Melanie said...

What priceless pictures!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

What a beautiful header you have. It reminds me of Christmas' gone precious.

I also LOVE the pictures of your grand-daughters baking in your kitchen with you. WHAT amazing memories you are creating for them.

Once again, you display such an amazing heart and example of how to love, and be an amazing Grandma.

Happy Tuesday to you!

Tracy said...

Sweet photos and yes, a good life lesson for me, too! Thanks for capturing those moments and sharing them with us.

Hope you and your family had a wonderful and special Thanksgiving!

Miss Debbie said...

Sweet post and great life lesson! It is wonderful that you make your time with them so special. I have determined to be more intentional about that when I have my grands here with me. I remember my grandmother was the one who taught me how to make "hand squeezed" biscuits! I want them to remember our time together, too!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love this post, Judy, as you showed it like it often is! Children close in age will always be rivals as well as friends...but as you said, they learn a good life lesson about sharing and cooperation this way!

I will be visiting my grandson soon for his second birthday! I'm so excited. It's hard to live so far away from him.


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