Thursday, April 17, 2008

Just look inside

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When I first started writing on this blog I wrote a post about my daughter Alivia. She has lost a total of 5 teeth and 2 of them have been pulled out by her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Johnson. Alivia is now in 1st grade at a different school, but still keeps in contact with her especially when she has a wiggly tooth.

Well last night, after returning from a visit to Mrs. Johnson's home, my son asked if she was a dentist or something because I was telling my husband how quick she pulled out Alivia's tooth. Nope, not a dentist just a talented teacher. She has kids that are in older grades coming back to her to pull their teeth. Alivia might be the first one though that attends a different school and makes a house call.

Well, on the way home the tooth that was safely in the baggie when we left Mrs. Johnson's home got lost. I'm talking a 5 minute drive and even a zip lock baggie. Gone, no where to be found in the car. No tooth and a devastated 1st grader.
"Now the tooth fairy won't come and leave me any money under my pillow!"
Her brother Aaron was loving this as he had sat her down right before Easter and told her that Santa and the Tooth Fairy is really Mom. Funny how at Easter when she was the only one who got a basket, he didn't find his antics so funny. Now don't get me wrong here, we have fun with Santa and the Easter bunny , but we also teach the real deal...Jesus Christ.

Alivia was just on her way to bed feeling not only toothless, but hopeless when my sister called. In the saddest voice she could speak, she told my sister of the gap in her gums and no proof for the tooth fairy. Michelle then encouraged her to write the tooth fairy a note explaining the lost tooth...

In case this is too small to read, this is what she wrote:

Dear tooth fairy I got my tooth pulled but I could not find it please leaves some money under my pillow.

(She also drew a picture of a pillow with money under it accompanied by the words pillow and money with arrows pointing to her drawing.)

This last sentence is what got me though...
look inside my mouth if you don't believe me.

My sister is brilliant, for the note worked. After a quick potty break at 3:30 this morning the beautiful, oh so slender tooth fairy with much skill flew into Alivia's room, read the note, checked inside the mouth for an empty space, slipped some quarters under her pillow and even kissed sleeping beauty on her cheek before going back to bed.

Needless to say we woke up to a very happy 6 year old this morning!

After taking this picture, Alivia went back upstairs to get ready for school when I heard her tell Aaron, "Fine, I'll give you a quarter." How low is this boy going to go? First he tells her the tooth fairy is fake, then tries to enjoy in her reward. I'll have to make sure he never gets one on one time with Amiyah! Luckily, the tooth fairy came to the rescue and Aaron left for school with empty pockets.

Wouldn't it be great if when we get unfocused on our calling that we could just write God a note saying:

Dear God

I have lost my focus and can't find it, but please still bless me and use me for I still love you.



Look inside my heart if you don't believe me.

Thank God He isn't a fantasy.

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~Many Blessings~


MrsProverbs31 said...

That is just so cute. I feel so bad, my children always leave their teeth under the pillow but the tooth fairy always forget to come in. Now they don't believe in him/her anymore.

Heather said...

The way you tied that into our calling with God is AWESOME!!! thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Adorable! I love this story, and I may have to borrow your idea on the note to God sometime. :)

Amy said...

That is the sweetest story I have read in a long time.:)

Look inside my heart if you don't believe me.........I love that!

God Bless,

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Sacred poetry in motion! What a priceless analogy. What a precious tender heart. I know I don't have to tell you, but keep that letter and put a copy of this post on its backside.


Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

Oh, and i just noticed your signature! I LOVE it!!!

Jenny said...

I second Kelley I love your signature! Great post too!

Susan said...

Miss Tooth Fairy, oops, I mean Leila,

This was just precious. I always enjoy your life stories.

Confession: I wanted the tooth fairy to come once so I played a trick on her, and put a piece of white corn under my pillow. I told my mom this secret. Well you know, I had to tell someone?

The tooth fairy wrote me a letter and left it under my pillow. I felt so bad in the morning. In fact I still have that letter and I never played that trick again!

I'm so glad our loving Father is so forgiving and gives us a new chance each morning!


PS Be looking out for a small package next week!!

Tami Boesiger said...

Oooh, I'll pray that prayer, Lelia. Good idea.

Yolanda said...

Oh Lelia, does this every tug on my heart. I love how precious children are, and how they are so simple and yet so profound.

God does speak to us, if we will only recognize His voice.

Look inside my mouth, translated to .......

Look inside my heart......


Love you,

MrsJoeB said...

How sweet!! I just love this story and how you gave it a grown-up spiritual meaning. SWEET!! Have a blessed weekend!!
In His Graces~Pamela

Laura said...

What a toothless cutie! I love the parallel you draw between her letter to the tooth fairy and a letter to God! Aren't you glad He loves us despite what we hide under our pillows? I bet life is still crazy there! Glad to see you can still get up at 3am and still have a sweet thought to share with us! Sweet thoughts sent your way!

Joyful said...

Lelia this story is precious - and the closing prayer - so very touching. Praying the Lord will help me keep my eyes fixed on Him, and may a glance at my heart speak of my love for Him.
Have a great weekend,

Bonita said...

This is my first time at your blog and I just finished reading the story of your daughter and new granddaughter. All I can say is WOW! What a beautiful love story!

Faithful Froggers said...

I love how you can turn a precious, everyday story into a way to minister to all of us. You always bless me greatly with the stories of your family.

We've had to leave the Tooth Fairy a note at our house, too. Works like a charm everytime! :)

Julie said...

What a precious heart story, Lelia!

What a precious teacher as well....

I love seeing the pictures of your adorable grandbaby.
I know you are loving that sweet thing up!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart story.


Heather@Mommymonk said...

Oh, we've had that lost tooth moment too! Who knows where it went, but I just made sure the tooth fairy quickly put some money under a pillow. Then, I explained that the fairy must have come early. My daughter had written a similar note but it wasn't necessary!