Marshmallows and Escalators

Jimmy had a church meeting one night this week, so Sadie and I decided to make it a girls’ night. It was rainy, so I had an idea. I hadn’t taken her to a mall in ages, and I wanted to see if she would like Claire’s, which is an accessory, jewelry, and toy store for young girls.

Little girl in Claire's store with cat ears headband

She loved it! From the moment we walked into the store, she was enamored with every little knickknack, stuffed animal, toy, accessory, and piece of jewelry. Her face lit up and she was smiling so hard.

I think we stood in front of the headband section alone for a good ten minutes while she tried on tiaras and cat ear headbands and put them on stuffed animals, too. I showed her what a slap bracelet was and she tried on a few backpacks.

Little girl in Claire's with backpack on

It was one of those sweet moments of doing something just for her and so thoroughly enjoying her take delight in everything. I think one of the best parts of being a parent is watching my child revel in something.

God must feel the same way about His children. When he sees us do something we’re passionate about, when we have a moment of pure joy, I imagine He probably smiles and delights in our delight, you know?

What’s funny about the night was that Claire’s wasn’t even the highlight of our little outing for Sadie. We didn’t buy anything there and just enjoyed looking around. What really got Sadie excited was… the escalators throughout the mall. She wanted to go up and down over and over again πŸ˜‚

The mall we went to also has a Target as one of the anchor shops, so we walked through and picked up mini rainbow marshmallows (Sadie’s latest obsession, except she calls them snowballs πŸ˜†) because we had run out. She couldn’t believe there was such a thing as rainbow marshmallows because she had only ever had plain ones. Again, it was such a simple thing, but so sweet seeing her joy.

We came home from our big night out with just a bag of mini marshmallows but the sweetest memories. I hope she is always in awe of the simple things in life!



  1. This is beautiful! The littlest joys with our little ones, we don’t always get to stop and enjoy them enough in our busy motherhood life. Sounds like Sadie had a lovely day! (PS I have a Sadie too!!)

    1. Aww, thank you! You’re so right, it can be easy to overlook the little moments that are actually big! I love that you have a Sadie too! Great name πŸ˜‰

    1. We really did! So funny, I got my ears pierced there, too! When we were in Claire’s that evening I saw a young girl getting her ears pierced and it brought back memories πŸ™‚

  2. What a fun outing! Oh my goodness, escalators were a huge hit over here at Sadie’s age! We would go up and down them over and over every week, haha! It’s funny how something we see as mundane is such a marvel to them!

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