I transferred myself and the blanket to the couch and let the girls curl up with me as I read them their newest favorite book from the library. Then we had breakfast and Amber asked what I was doing earlier. I told her that I was about to read my book when I was interrupted by two little fairy princesses. Amber said, "I have an idea. Why don't you take a long bath and read your book in the tub."
It was a great idea, I knew that. And Amber was a sweetheart for suggesting it. Still, my gut reaction was to just get a quick shower and put off my quiet time until later today. Then I paused and thought, "I have plenty of time this morning. I should take my daughter's suggestion." I filled the tub and grabbed my book and coffee that I had yet to finish drinking. As I trotted off toward the bathroom, Amber got out the play dough for her and Autumn. She turned to me and said, "How's my idea working, Mom?" Speechless, I gave her a big smile and marveled at how blessed I was to have Amber, my daughter who is very often filled with compassion and gratitude and a giving heart.
It was perhaps the best quiet time I've had, not because of the warm bath or because I got to sip my coffee for once or because I got great insight from a good book. It was the best quiet time because of the selfless suggestion of a 7-year-old who demonstrated kindness beyond her years.