Sometimes we feel really bad for Nora. She is at an age where she isn't so "I just want to eat you up and squeeze you and listen to you talk" anymore. She has been for a while and I've felt bad about it for a while. Our relationship takes more effort - not only because of her age, but because of our personalities. I'm beginning to think that her being an oldest and me being a youngest gets in the way sometimes and I feel bad about it. I have to be very intentional about my relationship with her. Cornbread has to be more intentional about his relationship with Ryann. It is what it is. I am working on it - its hard some days. I am thankful that I recognize it - if even remotely - so I CAN work on it.
The other morning she was the only one of the girls awake. I was walking from the kitchen to the stairs to grab something from my bedroom and this is the scene that I happened upon. She set up her animals on the couch arm so they could look outside with her. All of them were looking out the window and waiting for the sun to come out (it was a particularly cloudy morning). They were all quietly and patiently waiting. Together.
It struck me that she may not have the obvious cuteness factor that is inherently a part of being 2 1/2, 3 or 4 years old, BUT she has her own cuteness at 6 1/2 - like this scene. I hope that I can be more aware and more appreciative of 6 1/2 year old cuteness from now on.