Saturday, August 11, 2007

Reagan is 3!

Reagan Kee turned 3 years old last week! She is such a big girl now! I am amazed by what she is learning, how well she speaks, and her sweetness!

We celebrated her birthday by taking her to get her ears pierced. She was excited to be able to wear earings, but she didn't really know that it was going to hurt. I did my best to explain that there was a little pinch associated with getting pierced. However, I'm pretty sure she didn't understand.

We went to the jewelry store, and she picked out some pretty pink flowers for her starter set. Since there was only one worker there, she had to pierce one ear at a time. Unfortunately, I was hoping to have them both pierced at the same time. You know, make it easier on me. I mean her...

So, the manager pierces the first ear. It surprised Reagan at first, and then she was crying. She wasn't crying real hard, but it did kind of hurt. Then it was time for the second ear. Oh boy, Reagan was not going to have that! I told her that I would buy her an ice cream if she got this one done, she said okay, and then started crying once the manager came towards her with the piercing gun. So, I held her, tried to comfort her and find a way to encourage her.

And then the most wonderful thing happened. Reagan turned around and said, "Alright." It is an understatement to say that I have never been more proud of her. You see, she knew it was going to hurt, and she still chose to do it anyway. WOW! Can you believe that she, at 3, exhibited courage? I didn't know that would be the best part of her birthday. What an unexpected gift that was. As soon as the piercing was over I said, "Good job, Reagan. That was very brave of you. You knew it was going to hurt, and you still went for it. That was called courage. Good job!"

I am amazed by how she has grown in 3 years. And the bonus was the lesson on courage.

I pray that she will always have the courage to do what's right.

Friday, August 10, 2007