Over the past few months, I have been writing down some of the funny and precious little things Jade has said and/or done. I thought you might to hear some of them.
* She loves green beans. One night she took one in each hand decided to have a GREEN BEAN RACE and see which one could make it to her mouth first. "Ready. Set. Go!" I just want you to know it was a tie!
* One day she tripped over her blanket and landed with a belly flop on the floor. She thought it was hysterical. She now does it just for fun!
* As we were washing hands, I asked her "Who loves you?" I expected the answer of "Mama" or "Jesus". Jade said "Nancy!" who is a very good friend of mine and yes, she does love Jade.
* She likes to check things out and make sure they are what she expects they are going to be. "Mama drive car?" Yes Mama drive car. "Congcong drive car." Nooooo, Congcong tai xiao le! (Congcong's too little!) Then she laughs.
* While in the tub, Jade says to me "Poop?" No baobei, you have to wait until I am done with the shampoo before you can go poop. "Shampoop?" No baobei...shamPOO.
* Started greeting all her favorite things as she enters into a room. Hi shui (her drink)! Hi car! Hi bebe (her blanket)! Hi red lights (on the car)! Hi turtle!
* Jade are you being patient? "No...all done patient?" She has recently added "All done wait?" and "All done listen?".
* A friend of ours has been dealing with some challenges. I found myself praying for them in the kitchen, not out loud though. Jade came in from the other room and says to me "Mama, pray _____?" It is as if she knew. She continues to do this for this person periodically and seems to fall when they are in need of prayer. Sometimes even in the middle of the night, she will wake up enough to say "Mama, pray ____?" We pray and then she is back to sleep.
* She wants to know what everything is called. She will walk around rooms or places and just touch things and say "What's that? What's that?" as fast as I will answer. The most fun I have is when I hold off on answering her when I think she knows what it is called. She will then say to me "Mama! _____" and name the object she wanted me to name for her.
* Laying in bed when she should be sleeping yet singing "Jesus loves me" to herself.
* Singing along to "How Great is our God" while playing in the kitchen.
* One night, we were doing devotions in Luke 12:16-21. It is the story of the rich farmer. I told her in Chinese that he didn't love God (Ta bu ai shen). She told me "Bu hao" which means bad. She gets it!
* Someone had asked me if she wants everything she sees since she was used to so little. She HAD not. Just last week, she had been practicing "I want ____" at home. NOW, in the store it is "Congcong want this." Oh well, she can ask...doesn't mean I will buy it all.
* Disney has a new princess. Her name is Snow Wipes!
* Other creative words: oatmilk (aka oatmeal)
* She added to the Congcong drive car. Now she asks if the dvd player can drive the car or the bebe or the shui or anything else she can think of. When she is all done with her list, she laughs and says "Nooooo, only ren (people) drive car!"
* Every child tries to push back going to sleep. For Jade, she asks for one more kiss or tai duo le kisses (too many kisses). Tonight, we spent the evening dancing and singing in the kitchen. She just kept asking "One more song Mama? Sing?" How do you say no to that?
I know there are many more. I need to write ALL of them down. If you want to keep up with the funny little things she does, check me out of Facebook. She is often in my status.