What a weekend! Just 10 days after celebrating my grandson, Nate, turning four years old, it was time to celebrate the little lady, Rylee Ann, who turned 2.

I praise the Lord because it has been a glorious time with this sweet little girl. It’s been 20 years since we’ve had a little girl in our family, so I had to brush up on the skills that come with raising them.

My heart melts when the little one sees me and begins running towards me while raising those little arms and yelling, “Me-Me! Me-Me.” I scoop her up and we hug like we haven’t seen each other in years. She loved to snuggle when she was born and she still snuggles today.

“Okay Lewis family gather round,” I say, “it’s time to read a story.” She just cackles when she hears this. She loves to listen to a story and turn the pages. At this point, I know several stories by heart.

Rylee also loves her baby dolls. She carries them around everywhere, and uses all of her baby equipment. Sometimes they sit in their high chair, or their pack-n-play, or their baby seat. Of course, when she has to go out, I get to babysit them.

Recently, I bought her a Barbie doll and the way she says. “Baaaa-bie,” is so sweet. She carries this doll around by its feet, and I’ve probably changed Barbie’s pants, shirts, shoes, and accessories more during these last couple of months than I have my entire life!

Rylee’s has a mind of her own. She knows what she wants to wear, and she expresses it very well. Her mom generally puts out two dresses, and Rylee will choose one. I think it took me three tries to get her dressed the other day, and boy does she dress. When hanging around the house, I’ll have on shorts and a T-shirt, but my little princess is going to be dolled up whether she is going out for the day or hanging around the house.

It’s not all about the dress, she is already the princess of accessories. On any given day, she may have on a neckless or two, a couple of bracelets, and I can’t forget the bows. True confession; it took me a minute to figure out how to get those bows in her hair. It’s always worth the effort because a little girl with a bow in her hair is just precious.

Rylee is not all girl. With an older brother, and two boy cousins who hang out on a regular basis, she has to be tough. I can attest that no one is going to take a toy away from her; no one is going to take her food, and she will be the one to sit next to Me Me or Paw Paw if and when she so chooses.

Two years have come and gone so quickly, and the next few years will fly by as well. While we have a great influence on them during this time, I realize pointing our children and grandchildren to Jesus is more important that anything we will ever do for them.

How do I do that? I not only tell Rylee how to treat people, I show her by modeling kindness to others. I want to teach her to give people grace because none of us are perfect. I want to show her how to love others and let her know the importance of keeping the Lord at the center of my life. Jesus is more than a Sunday/Wednesday thing; it is a daily walk with our Savior.

Today, I am so thankful for this little girl who came into our lives two years ago, and I’m grateful to the Lord that He is teaching me how to do my part, so she will walk with the Lord all the days of her life.

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