Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day Before Work Daddy Day

This girl right here knows EXACTLY how to put my heart in a chokehold. The girls knew today was my last day before heading back to work. And Meron was determined to love on me as much as possible.

When she woke up from our "movie night sleepover" she crawled in my lap and we spent the next two hours watching the Justin Bieber documentary on Netflix. Good times as usual.

Next - Laura came to load up the girls for a trip to the YMCA. Meron respectfully declined and said she was staying with daddy. We decided on Starbucks for breakfast and we both headed off to our bedrooms to get dressed. A few minutes later - fully dressed and carrying her piggy bank - she came to me and said:

"Daddy - how much do you usually have to spend when we go to Starbucks? For my smoothie, your coffee and we can split something like walnut bread or something...???"
I asked her why and she said:
"Because I am paying. I am taking YOU on a date!"
Uh... awesome!

On the way there we were chatting it up until a Big Daddy Weave song came on and I was hushed as she sat back there in the back seat singing at the top of her lungs:
"I am redeemed, You set me free,
So I'll shake off these heavy chains,
Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I'm redeemed"
Seriously. My mind was twirling looking at her in the mirror. Thinking for some reason about her life and how far she has come. From 5 years ago being hungry, weak and alone in an orphanage to singing about her redemption in the backseat of a car on the way to take her daddy on a date.

She caught me smiling big at her in the mirror and said with a HUGE smile:
"I love you daddy...!"
Heart chokehold move right there... One of those moments where God feels so present that you could almost high-five Him.

We split some marble loaf while we colored some Barbie dress thingies. She addressed hers to "Daddy" and mine went to her. Then we headed out. Morning date over - memories forever etched in my mind.

She came along 4.5 years ago - a divine prescription to heal the broken hearts of our family. And she hasn't let up one bit or lost any of her potency.

Daddy loves ya Meron and I will NEVER forget today...

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