Partly these pictures are a record of how cute our youngest is. And she is really really really cute.
She's also not just one handful, but two. She's a pistol, a spitfire. A ton of work.
I am so thankful for Rose. She is healthy and smart and all of those things are gifts from God.
But I also must say she is very exhausting. She's busy almost all day every day, she's very demanding, she loves to make messes, and she rarely can be left alone (except in her room, which is child proofed) for more than a few minutes.
All this is to say that parents of small children deserve a lot of patience. Some kids are mellow. I've had some. Some are less so. I've had some of those too.
I have confidence, based on experience, that Rose will mature and stop trying to destroy the house or herself. In the meantime, a remarkable amount of our time must be devoted to her personal safety.
May the Lord grant us wisdom, strength, and resolution.