Key West Bound and Lydia-isms

Happy new year, bloggers! I knew it would be a while before I wrote again, and I don’t even have time to do the Christmas roundup, but I just had to blog about Lydia tonight. I told the kids that I would be going out of town for a week – on my way to Key West for the Key West Literary Seminar – and perhaps that means something to Lydia now. After we prayed and sang before bed, Lydia accused me of forgetting more words to Jingle Bells. I don’t know the third verse, I admit it, but neither does she. I told her I thought there were more words but I didn’t remember them, and she said, “I think God knows the rest of the words!” I said he certainly does, which brought visions of God singing anything — maybe, “Tonight’s gonna be a good night” by Black Eyed Peas, or “I am a man of constant sorrow.” I wonder if more than just choirs of angels sing in heaven – maybe God joins in. Maybe he sings his own praise. Why not? If we get so much joy out of singing, couldn’t God too?

Anyway, the second Lydia-moment that was just awesome: “I love you SO MUCH. I love you even when you spank me.” To which I responded, “I love you SO MUCH too! Even when I have to spank you, I love you.” What a moment. I am very blessed to have such amazing kids. Even when I have to spank them.

I have to get up REALLY early, so it is time to sign off, finish packing, make sure the kids are asleep and then go to sleep myself. 2 a.m. is going to come very quickly.

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). My memoir, American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation, and the second volume of devotionals, The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others, will be released in 2022. Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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