This daughter of ours is intensely adventurous!
I put her in a dress. She twirled round and round and said, “I’m a princess!” …And then this happened…
I didn’t see it, but from my own professional Mommy CSI work (Israel is very honest. Lying doesn’t occur to the boy. I love that.), I ascertained that she was either sitting or standing on the arm of the sofa and jumped or fell (likely fell because my 34lb 2-yr-old doesn’t jump … unless she’s running; then all bets are off) onto a smattering of toys on the hard floor. This photo was taken about an hour after “the incident”. Two days later, there was a bruise from the edge of her mouth to the gash — about the size of a large grape.
Israel was a wonderful big brother and quick to pray for her: “Thank you, Jesus, for your healing touch. In Jesus’s name. Aaaaamem.” I love that we’re teaching our children to trust in God for healing. They know they can turn to Mommy and Daddy for comfort, but that Jesus is the only one who makes all things new.
Candidly, I was SO nervous about taking that child in public! Seriously! I mean, who wouldn’t judge that child’s deadbeat parent?!?! Yes. There were strange stares. I found myself quickly explaining that she’s my stunt double.
After about a week, I caught myself. My little butterball is well-fed, well-loved and well-taught; and anyone who meets her sees that immediately. She just happens to think she’s the first two-year-old stunt woman ever and I love her for it.
I’m sure there’ll be another badge of honor incident. I’m equally sure we’ll share it.