Ever since the kids were tiny little babies, whenever they were upset, sick, restless at night, hurt, sad, scared of the monster under the bed, you name it, there has always been one thing that is able to calm them almost instantly.
Josh scoops them up, talks them through whatever they are feeling, and then he sings "You Are My Sunshine" to them until the tears are gone and there is peace in their eyes. Often times they even join in towards the end, or ask to sing it again so that they can sing too. That and some chats with Jesus, and they fall right back to sleep, wipe away the tears, or get back on their bikes ready and willing to fall again if that's what it takes to learn.
It's been a hard week, and I think the kids could sense it. Right before bed last night, they both came running into my office and asked me if I could learn "The Sunshine Song" on my guitar so we could go sing it to daddy.
After about 5 minutes, they came back in, both with their toy guitars in hand, and we went to find daddy. They strummed their guitars along with me and sang with such big smiles on their faces.
And like magic, we laughed and danced and everything felt a little lighter.
To my babies,
YOU are our sunshine. You make us so happy, even when skies seem gray. I hope one day you come to know just how much we love you. How loved you are by Jesus. And the joy that you bring to those around you. My sunshines. My only sunshines.