Day 8 (Dolls & Animals): 30 Days of Thankfulness

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

I Peter 3:8

I am thankful for baby dolls and stuffed animals. It’s such a joy to play with Little Bit and watch her care for her pretend friends. She feeds them, bathes them, doctors them, takes them for walks and plays with them. And I absolutely adore the squeaky little voice she uses when “talking” for one of them. We rarely go somewhere without one of her mini companions riding along.

Most days, she wakes up, finds one of her friends, sticks it in her doll stroller, and comes to say good morning. I smile so big every time I hear the wheels rolling through the house. Not only do I get hugs and kisses from my sweet girl, but I also receive snuggles from the baby or critter she is wheeling around! Then, said critter will go to breakfast and hang out with us for most of the morning. Last week, one of the cats played games with us and had to have his own turn!!

And I love that she calls them all by name. Some of her collection came with names on the tags or boxes, but there’s a good number that didn’t. And out of those, there are several that are named after her favorite foods! There’s a lion named Tortilla, a doll named Candy, a set of two bears named Sausage and Sausage, and a tiny mermaid named Lemonade. Other pals are named after the real person who gifted them to her, or for a characteristic of the toy itself, but there’s always thought put into the name.

What I love most about all this is that I get to see such a caring and compassionate side of our little girl. She loves people, but like a lot of littles, gets shy when they talk to her. When she’s taking care of her daycare/zoo, all the sweetness is released without a care. I pray she will always have this soft side and grow into a young lady who will let the love of God flow through her and spill over onto all those around her.

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