May 31st 2012 – 6 year old Melissa looked much more like a small 3 yr old than the first grader that she was. 28.5 lbs and 34.5 inches Melissa easily fit into our smallest toddler clothing. Melissa had a lot on her mind and a healthy set of lungs to say it with. Full of loud opinions, they never stopped coming. Melissa was not going to allow herself to be vulnerable or without a say in what was happening. To compensate for her insecurity she put others down. Laughing and making fun of her less “confident” and overwhelmed peers.
1 yr later – Men Priz An has come a long ways, still fighting the urge to boss the “weaker” around to feel important and in control, she also has grown to be aware and sensitive to the needs of others. A yr ago she would have shoved another child out of the way to get what she wanted, but today she will slide off the swing to help a smaller child on for a turn, even giving them a start up push if they don’t know how to pump themselves high. The younger kids turn to her for help, and she is always ready to stop whatever she is doing to comfort, hold, help, and share with them. Rather than steering clear they flock to her. Melissa still loves to talk! But she has many lovely things to say. She is thankful and polite. She is socially gracious, the recipient of many compliments for her helpful ways and good behavior she always responds with a smiling “mesi!” Melissa loves to sing, she loves to dance, to have her hair done, and to dress up like a girly girly. Her favorite color is pink and she loves sparkles. Her eyes twinkle with the joy of life and today we give thanks for the way her little heart seems to have been protected from the evils of this world. Every reason to be bitter and angry Melissa is not, she finds the silver lining in every situation. With a giggle that lightens the heart of anyone within earshot of her, Melissa brings a sparkle to all our lives.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
To be continued…
Posted on Sat, May 25, 2013