Sometimes, I swear I stop and wonder how on earth I will be able to raise a child with the insane amount of spunk, sass, and reckless abandon as that of my sweet Kennedy.
And then, out of NOWHERE, she brings me to tears with the most amazing spirit..... and then I stop and think, what did I do to deserve this blessing?
Let me set the stage.
She asked me to go on a bike ride with her tonight. Did I want to go? No. It's Sunday night and all I want to do is lay on the couch. But when he asked, she said it would be great exercise for the both of us. She's right. So I changed clothes and off we went.
We decided to race. Ok, SHE decided to race. I agreed to try to keep up. Her new bike she got for her birthday allows her to ride REALLY fast. I was struggling to keep up!
So as we rode around our neighborhood, we decided to cross Swan Lake and go into the cemetery. It sounds morbid, but it truly is beautiful and extremely peaceful. When Kennedy asked to stop and look at this one area of graves, we stopped. I have no intentions of hiding death from her. She knows that things and people die, but there were quite a few questions.
"How do we actually get to heaven?"
"Is Jesus there?"
"What is a soul?"
And Kennedy always remembers that Mrs. Amber is buried there. So she asked if we could go to her grave. She's been there before, so we hopped back on our bikes and pedaled to her resting place. On the way, more questions.
"Momma, I don't remember how Mrs. Amber died. Can you tell me again?"
I reminded her that it was cancer. She asked what cancer was, why it was called cancer, if there was a way to treat it, and if everyone who had cancer died. I quickly reminded her that Pepere had colon cancer and survived!
After answering each of her questions, my daughter completely blew me away.....
"Momma, I would like to take a piece of paper and have some people sign it and give me money so I can ride my bike and raise money for cancer."
Yes. You read that right. What I didn't know was that she saw something on TV about a girl who took pledges for a 30-mile bike ride to raise funds for cancer research.
But whether or not she saw it on TV, she decided to take action. Will she follow through? I don't know. But my heart was exploding with love and admiration for this sweet girl.
God knew what he was doing when he blessed us with a spunky girl who has the MOST loving heart of anyone I know.