My Girl

While You Were Sleeping

I tucked you in for the fourth time and went down the hall to retire for the evening. I heard you flick your bedroom light on and was too tired to fight you for it so I left you undisturbed. There was no noise from your room so after an hour I walked in to turn off your light. When I stepped inside and saw you fast asleep on top of your covers with an open book resting on your little pajama-clad chest, my heart filled to the brim with love for you and I fought back tears for all the time I have spent trying to stomp out the bad in you and forgetting to realize the good.

You are good and I love you.



    I love you both.

  • So sweet.

  • awwww!

  • This is so true! So, so true . . .

  • This is beautiful, and the picture is a masterpiece.

  • That was really sweet.

  • Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

    — Luke 18:16b

  • You almost made me cry. I feel the same way.

  • love that story…and love that picture.

  • crying…

    thank you! :)

  • I can totally relate to this post Amanda. God bless you and your honesty.

  • precious

  • Wow, that actually made me tear up a little bit. :\

  • You made me cry. I have had a moment like that this week too.

  • Oh my heart! I can’t take it.

  • …made me cry too. i have one of those, that i try to stomp the bad out of…failing sometimes to see the good.

  • I’ve been following your blog for a while now but hadn’t decided to comment until today. I too have a very challenging little girl, she is 2 and a half now, and I have another baby girl (3 months). I shudder to think what my two year will be like in a year as she just keeps getting more and more difficult. Everything is a crisis, most days begin and end in tears over the smallest things. Tomorrow we’re on our way to visit family and I’m riddled with anxiety about how she’s going to deal with all the changes. I’ve been debating canceling all morning.
    I read your blog because it gives me heart that we’ll make it through this, or at the least that there are still bright spots and happy moments to be had…even if it is only when they’re sleeping! You’re a great writer and you seem to be doing your best as a mom and I respect that. Keep up the good work and know that you are not alone.

    Wishing you more moments like this one,

  • awwwww

  • OMG! That made me cry!

  • Beautiful. You just made me tear up.

    You’re doing a wonderful job, Amanda.

  • Such an ethereal, angelic photo. You are so right that we have to pause in life and sometimes concentrate to see all the good in our children. It is too easy to be overwhelmed by the difficult moments.
    I love that you share the most beautiful, and the most trying moments with us. You will be so happy to have these times documented.
    God bless you and your darling family.

  • So, so sweet. And such a gorgeous photo of that sweet girl.

  • Perfect. Sometimes I really need that reminder.

  • That picture is so whimsical; I love it. And this. And you, too. Happy! Friday babe.

  • This post is fantastic. I just found your blog today and have bookmarked your site. I’m off to dry my tears!
    My mama blog:

  • Oh my goodness. EVERY MOM SHOULD READ THIS POST. Especially on the bad days.


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