Monday, July 8, 2013

Which Way is the Right Way to Eat a Lollipop?

Jake and Lilly turn three today, and I couldn't be more thrilled that God picked me to be their Momma.  There are times when I think He’s confused me with some other woman much more qualified and suited for this job, but at the end of the day, I’m so thankful it’s me. 

These two are about as different as night and day.  Recently, someone asked me what I meant by that.  I’m pretty sure these pictures explain it all.  My great big kind-hearted, generous, rule-following, strong-willed, sweet-as-sugar boy takes a rather different approach to eating a lollipop than his witty, fun-loving, think-outside-the-box, play-outside-the-box, live-outside-the-box, affectionate, dramatic and creative sister.  

He bites, sinking his tiny teeth into the sugary goodness, causing cracks and crunches that quite honestly make my own teeth ache.  After a moderate amount of chomping, he hands it back and says, “I’m done.”

She takes her sweet-Miss Daisy-time, licking in slow motion and tossing in a dramatic “Mmmmmmm” here and there for theatrical effect.  She will never, ever hand it back. Never.

Sometimes, if not for the fact that they look so much alike, I could be swayed to believe that they have nothing genetically in common.  Lilly eats just about anything we put in front of her and most nights her plate holds as much as mine does.  He eats cheese, crackers, chicken, and hot dogs.  Seriously, that’s it.  No fruit.  No veggies.  Not even a little ketchup for his hot dog or chicken.  Each time I put some new food on his plate, he quickly takes it off and politely hands it to his sister, who will most assuredly consume all of it right after expressing a sweet “Thank you, Jake” back across the table.

He naps.  She doesn’t. 

She swims at the pool.  He splashes at the pool.

I could go on and on. 

One quick glance at these two reminds me that God makes each of us so incredibly unique.  They might share a birthday, but He could not have created two more different little people than Jake and Lilly.  I absolutely love that they are so perfectly different... in a million and one ways. 

Happy Birthday to my two stink bugs!  You have brought so much color into my life!  I love you to the moon and back! Love, Momma