My little girl had her dollie cradled in her arms.
She rocked her back and forth, making a strong shushing sound right in her ear. She reached for the empty plastic bottle and put it up to her doll’s lips.
“Is the baby tired?” I asked.
I was interrupted by a “Shhhh.” Olivia then made a snoring sound, the kind we make when I am pretending to be a sleeping princess and she wakes me up with a kiss (or the other way around). She wanted to let me know the baby was sleeping, and- come on mom– to be quiet.
She turned her attention back to her dolly and looked into her eyes intently, so tenderly. She started to hum.
My heart beamed to the point of bursting.
She has seen me do this a million times, with her and with her little brother. I quietly handed her the little blanket and she finished putting the baby to sleep.
“Olivia”, I told her, “I love you. I am so proud of you. When I see you taking such good care of your baby I know that you have a loving heart. It shows me that you are so kind, and that makes me very happy. I can tell that you have been watching me. You are so smart! You remember everything you saw me doing when I put my baby to bed- and you are doing such a good job being just like mommy!”
I gave her a big hug!
And then I got chills.
Because for a moment, I heard God whisper “I feel the same way about you, sweet baby girl. I’m so proud of you when I see you loving your babies. It tells me a lot about your heart. Keep learning from me. I love you.”
This simple act, mommas, of rocking our babies, of late night tears (theirs and ours) of all that is entailed on the journey of mothering- is truly an act of love. Our daddy is so proud.
1 John 4:11-13
Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we reside in God and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit.