Now people were even bringing their babies to him for him to touch. But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. But Jesus called for the children, saying, "Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."
Our three granddaughters, Virginia Rose, Savannah Jane and Alexandra Nancy, are such unique individuals. Though they hail from the same parents, the variations in their looks and temperaments never cease to amaze us. The girls give a whole new meaning to the term "gene pool."
Virginia, age seven, is at one point, a silly monkey -
and at others, quiet and gentle, as when she reunites with her beloved cat friend in Oxford, the one she dubbed "Princess" during our last Thanksgiving visit to my mother's. Let's compare this year's photos with last year's.
My, how she has grown!
Virginia is outgoing, laughs easily, and loves to give hugs even more than she likes receiving them. And though she talks a LOT, she listens well, too, and is always ready to help around the house. Smart as a whip, Virginia can whoop me at Uno or Sorry! in a heartbeat!
While all three girls adore their Daddy, three-year-old Savannah is truly a Daddy's Girl.
We worry, however, that by the time she turned three, she is hardly talking; what she does say sounds like gibberish, or perhaps, a language of her own invention. Thank goodness her speech has vastly improved, although unlike her big sister, Savannah doesn't talk much.
At home, Savannah is just as happy to play by herself as with her sisters. Her imagination, it seems, runs in overdrive; she can find joy and contentment in her own little world. If any of the girls has earned the right to be called mischievous, it's Savannah. Just ask Virginia! And hugs? Right now, only if they come from Mommy or Daddy.
Alexandra, at age two, has a mind of her own. Like Savannah, she's not keen on the hugs from anyone but her parents. When her Uncle Daniel asks for a hug this past holiday, she simply grins, waves her arms in the air, and declares, "No, no!"
She may be the littlest, but Alexandra isn't shy about trying to keep up with her older sisters, whether it be running around the house or out in Mom's spacious yard. As you can certainly see in these photos, she is the only brunette in the bunch. Though all three girls have blue eyes, hers are darker in hue; her candid stare has an uncanny way of peering right into your soul.
But there are two things that all three girls share in common: Their love for the outdoors -
and kitty cats!
All so different. All so adorable. All so precious in the eyes of Jesus.
And you know what, friends?
So are you!