Sunday, August 23, 2009

52 Blessings--Ande

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oh boy, I’m gonna get it when she sees I chose this picture to post

I knew before I asked what she would say and I was right. When I said, “Ande, what is one of my blessings that I can write about today?” She didn’t even stutter when she said, “Me.”

She’s right. She is one of my blessings. A big one. From the time she was born. Rocking her was like applying a poultice of Balm of Gilead. When she crawled she kept her forehead on the ground until she bumped into the couch, chair, toy or refrigerator and then she’d look up and smile. She still has that attitude, “Keep your nose to the ground and hurry because there is a party . . . or book . . . or trip . . . or gelato at the end.” Ande is companionable—every sibling always wants her along because she's witty, encouraging, and happy. Ande is one of my favorite blessings and I will sorely miss her daily companionship in a week or so when she heads back to school.

13 comments:

Ande Payne said...

YAY! It finally worked! Thanks for taking my humble suggestion. I love you and will miss you too.

Ande Payne said...

And you're lucky you had such a darn sweet look on your face when you pushed "publish post" so I could see what picture you had chosen or else there might have been trouble. Lucky for you I sacrifice for the cause :).

Heather @ Multiple Hats said...

Ande, you are adorable. I can see why you're such a blessing to your mom. Please, please, please come home for the retreat this fall. Please?!?

Cali said...

And mom, I'm going to be your blessing next week, huh. I'll e-mail you a picture to put up.

Cali

Emma J said...

Ande, Jane - thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. If this is hainous, Ande - ?! You're adorable and this pic captures a bit of the joyous delightfulness that Casey and I commented to each other about when we saw you most recently.

Jane - "applying a poultice of Balm of Gilead" - I know that feeling you describe - perfect words.

Anonymous said...

I'll be finding a picture so I can be your blessing after Cali for the next week!
Love, Grace

Carolyn said...

Man, I want to be your blessing. :) I saw Ande this week when I was home and she was just as sweet and cheerful as ever. She sure is a blessing.

Marie said...

I love that your daughters are battling it out in the comments section to see who can be the next blessing!

abe said...

when do i get to be the blessing? i love you.

abe

Anonymous said...

WHAT THE HE_ _ WHEN DO I GET TO BE YOUR BLESSING........cal

Ande Payne said...

NOPE IT'S JUST ME GUYS! I'M HER FAVORITE BLESSING! HA!

michelle said...

This is such a cute poste, Jane, but my favorite part is the comments!! Especially Cal's. Hilarious.

Jill said...

I wish I was one of someone's 52 blessings! What a sweet post for you to write. Seriously, "Rocking her was like applying a poultice of Balm of Gilead." That makes me want to cry.