"Are you for real?" I asked them this evening as we laughed and danced in the kitchen, gobbling up our meatloaf, mashed potatoes and cooked red cabbage.
"Nein," the little one replied, with her ornery, raspy voice. "Nein," the older one mimicked her, tilting her head charmingly to one side.
"Are you a dream?" I guessed, peering into each round face.
"Yeah," the little one squeaked again with that confident set of her jaw, face serious and hair swinging as she bobbed her head up and down. "Yeah," repeated the older one with an enthusiastic flourish of her fork, completely unable to contain her giggles.
"Well, then," I replied, "you must be the sweetest dream I've ever had!"
And even if I never have another sweet dream for the rest of my life, I will never stop being overwhelmed by these two beauties, by this double-portion of giggling grace.
Can you see the family resemblance?
My Grandma Carol (my mama's mama) sent me a bunch of family photos for my birthday and I cannot get over how much she and her younger sister Betty Jo look like Eowyn and Penelope! Penelope (the littlest one) also reminds me so much of my mom (her middle name is Shannon, in honor of Mama who passed away July, 2004). I remember so clearly how on the morning Penny was born (and even for days afterward) I couldn't shake the feeling that my mom was actually in the house--it felt like she had momentarily left the room, like she was standing just around the corner, like Penelope just had been with her and had absorbed a bit of her presence.
It's amazing to me: even when we are far away from many of the ones we love, we literally carry around pieces of them (our genes) inside of us and can see them everyday in the faces of our children. Simply amazing.
May a double "measure" of grace also fall upon you on this Monday--"pressed down, shaken together and running over"...enough to "pour" into the "lap" of your entire week! (Luke 6:38)
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