Ok Dear Ellie Spaghetti (who is now officially walking and I have the video clip to show it!!!),
Renewing the spirit sometimes means cleaning house, literally! Nothing feels better than getting rid of clutter. So far, I have packed away 5 moving boxes filled with clothes you have outgrown. Well, I realized that first, you are extremely loved and second, you are growing so fast! As for the rest of the house, you helped me clean out my filing cabinet now that taxes are done (and by cleaned, I really mean tried to eat my bills). And after you were in bed, I went through the medicine cabinets, the pantry, and the refrigerator. Ahhhhh- good feeling. Mimi is a bit of a fanatic when it comes to cleaning so I'm not sure if she does any major overhauling once a year or if she does little bits often.
Now, clutter doesn't just fill our house. I need to clean house figuratively too because clutter also fills our soul...how to fix that? Find your passion or find a new hobby that requires quiet time. After Kyle died, I tried cooking. I know I'm still not great at it but I try and I do find comfort in making my family satisfied (I like baking best of all). And you don't seem to mind when I try sweet things- like chocolate pudding! Your Mimi is an excellent cook and she loves to feed her family including you. Let's ask her about what new things she cooked for you on her last visit.
Sometimes though quiet time isn't enough and sacrifice or moderation can do the trick. That's why I appreciate Lent. It's a reason to make a full fledged surrender to devote yourself to something greater than your possessions or things that you think you are tied to. It's not about suffering; it's about limiting the chaos to understand what's really important. Uncle Ryan and Aunt Samantha gave up television last year, I bet they had a lot of time for reflection! Ask Mimi what she gave up for Lent this year, it will make you laugh! As for me, I have my semi-annual dentist appointment coming up so I am flossing for these 40 days (it's something I despise as my teeth are so close together and it's not easy getting that piece of string through. My brother, your Uncle Ryan, teases me about, what he calls, my horse teeth. But I think he's just jealous. Dear Ellie, your teeth are coming in very pretty and very large, like Chicklet gum pieces, so I think you are inheriting my gigantic mouth. So show off those pearly whites Ellie, be proud because you have a beautiful and very large smile). And remember, dental hygiene is important even if there is some discomfort! Your smile is contagious Ellie so take care of those gorgeous new pearly white teeth that you have!
You know Ellie, another trick to de-clutter life is to rid yourself of bad relationships and spend time with people who uplift you (and do you notice how you already attract people because your laugh is infectious). I promise that our house is and always will be a happy home. Right now, I am really into taking evening walks with you. Sometimes we go to the park but more often, we get some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful evenings. You love it and it makes you sleep well! I wish your Mimi were closer because she would be joining us!
I love you my precious baby!
PS The Three G's name you came up with Mimi sounds like money... isn't G a slang term for a thousand dollars?