If you’ve read my ‘This Is Me’ page, you may remember I mentioned I was pretty sure that, at some point, you will be laughing at Aviya with me. Well, today is the day my friends.
But, as you read, please don’t misunderstand. I really do think every family needs an Aviya. However, that definitely doesn’t mean that I don’t think every family would be just as blessed to have a Hadessah and a Micah.
Hadessah is a pretty easy and chill, though energetic, kid. In fact, she was so easy going as a baby that she actually made us believe this parenting thing was no big deal. So, when she was ten months old we went for number two. Number Two (the current topic of this post) quickly made us realize Hadessah had played a cruel trick on us and was probably smiling and, if we would have listened closely, we would have heard her saying ‘gotcha’ mixed into her gibberish. And, of course, Hadessah is my sweet little girl that first made me a mama. She says I’m her best friend and she cares so deeply for me. I don’t deserve her sweet love. But she gives it and she is making me a better person every day.
And then Micah. Oh this little man has my heart. He is just so darn cute and sweet and adorable. He makes this parenting (of three) thing pretty easy. In fact, Justin has told me that if I can guarantee that the next one would be just like Micah, he will agree to a next one. I assured him I could guarantee that. He isn’t convinced and I’m beginning to think he was being sarcastic. And that I didn’t do a good job of lying.
But, on to Aviya.
Some top reasons every family needs an Aviya (in no particular order):
- If you tell Aviya that her brother’s birthday is before her’s, she’ll cut you. Ok, so you don’t
immediately believe we threaten our children or others with ‘I’ll cut you’…let me explain. Recently, when I explained to Aviya that Micah’s birthday is the day before her’s so we will celebrate it first, she looked at me and completely seriously said, ‘Don’t eva say dat again or I will cut you.’ Yeah, she went there. She had a little toy in her hand that she was pretending to cut another toy with. That’s all. Aviya helps me to laugh. Every day.
- If you just say the word dance, Aviya is bustin’ moves left and right. Anywhere. Any time. No music needed. Aviya reminds me to live in the moment.
- If you tell Aviya she is anything she doesn’t understand (bright, adorable, etc.), she responds with , ‘No, I’m da Aviya.’ Aviya encourages me to be happy with who God made me to be.
- Aviya believes with all her red headed little heart that she is the Hulk. And she’ll show you her muscles to prove it. Aviya reminds me we all have the strength to live the life God has called us to. We’ve got his muscles to prove it.
- If you are crying, Aviya will come snuggle you and make a goofy face to make you feel better. Works. Every. Time. Aviya reminds me to take the time to show love to those who are having a hard time.
- If you are snuggling Aviya before bed, praying and singing with her, she will very likely randomly lick your face. When you tell her that’s gross, she will just smile and try to do it again. Aviya, again, helps me to laugh.
- Aviya is almost always running. Everywhere. But Aviya doesn’t actually run, she just bounces. Everywhere. Aviya teaches me to do everything before me with energy and excitement. This is the day the Lord has made and he has great plans for me.
- If you ask baby Micah (who does not yet speak an audible word) a question, Aviya will answer for him in a tiny little high pitched voice. Aviya reminds me to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
Friends, Aviya will make your home louder, crazier and more chaotic. She will give you a run for your money. And all this before she’s three.
But the joy you will experience by having an Aviya in your family is beyond measure. She is full of bounce and lightness and wonder and love. She feels deeply and loves deeply. She will comfort you when times are hard and use her tiny little hands to rub your arm. And she will teach you so much about life if you take time to appreciate all the little hilarious parts of what make her exactly who she is.
And now, I will take a lesson from Aviya.
Share this post with someone who needs it or would just enjoy laughing with us about Aviya, or I’ll send her over to cut you. =) (Justin said I needed a smiley face so people would know I was joking. Well, for those of you who thought a two year old with a toy knife was on her way, there ya go.)