Mae had so much fun. She said so many words and kept on saying words after therapy was over. Sadie even got in on helping at the end when they had her do a few activities to show Mae (and Mae then did things she'd previously been refusing to do!).
Apparently last night's storm wasn't small since a tree also fell on one of our neighbors' house.
So we were late... but we made it... and here are a few of the pictures I snapped of our little Saint Therese, Saint John of the Cross and Saint Scholastica:
She's pretty good without one, but I'm amazed at her focus when she has it up to her ear. It definitely makes being present at Mass from behind the glass doors in the narthex easier.
You see, today I came across a clearance 70% off Halloween costume in my size. It was for $13 and I thought, hey, why not. I knew I'd be changing the neckline a bit to bring it up higher, but that would only take a few minutes. And I had a feeling that the girls would love it if I joined in with their dress up games once in a while.
I had no idea how right that thought was.
I told Sadie about the dress and she begged me to try it on. I did. Mae's face lit up. She was so excited. She started dancing around the room singing. I'm not sure I've ever heard her sing.
And then she grabbed my hands and stared into my eyes, repeatedly, a huge smile on her face. We spent a lot of time holding hands and dancing around the living room together.
I couldn't believe it. This child who wouldn't look when her name was said, who wouldn't look for loud noises and who had mastered the art of looking just past everyone was voluntarily gazing into my eyes while I played with her.
Then I thought I'd try something new. I asked her to clap. They've been trying to get her to clap throughout her tests without luck. But when "Princess Mommy" asked her to clap, she clapped. It was amazing.
I have a feeling I'm going to be wearing this dress more than I thought if it makes her this incredibly happy (and Patrick and Sadie were both exceptionally giggly too!)!
MPRE... I cannot wait for this thing to be over. Between his third year of law school, working just slightly under the 20 hours a week allowed by the bar, and studying for this test he has been working around the clock to get everything done. It would be nice to have this test behind us.
If you have a second a prayer that he does his best would be greatly appreciated!
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