There is a kind and gentle elderly fellow that we sit in front of at church. He actually has a very beautiful singing voice that pretty closely resembles the Cowardly Lion on the Wizard of Oz. I'm pretty sure there has been a Cowardlly Lion in other wards I have been.
I am constantly reminded that Marley watches everything we do, but today in church she was literally watching EVERYTHING we did and then trying to do it.
She has been pretty good about folding her arms for prayers for awhile now; however, she loses interest pretty quickly and goes back to whatever she was doing. So, I have started telling her to close her eyes too. Attention span for the prayer increased about .2 seconds, but it's cute to see her cross her wrists (folding her arms) and then slam her eyes shut only to squint them open and close multiple times.
For the Sacrament prayer, I told her to fold her arms and close her eyes and she did, but then squinted to look at Nathan, who was rubbing the corners of his eyes with his thumb and index finger so she started doing that. Funny, and increased the prayer attention span .2 more seconds. She is up to .6 seconds!
She seemed to be having a problem with her sock inside her shoe, so I pulled her up on my lap and pulled her socks up as high as they would go and then folded them down. She loved that and then started pulling her socks up and then trying to fold them back down. Over and over. She has the hardest time folding them back down.
I had one arm folded across my torso and my other elbow resting on that hand, My other hand was at my face, with my fingers at my forehead and my thumg by my chin. Marley tried to mimick my position and it was hilarious. With her thumb on her chin, her fingers don't quite reach her forehead so she kept alternating which she would touch.
After the meeting the family in front of us stood up and the mom looked at Marley. Marley put out her hand so Sister Waite shook it and Marley had something very appropriate it say as they shook but none of us knew what it was. It was really funny.
We used to go to church at 1pm and now we go at 9AM. I already LOVE going at 9AM better than 1PM. Booya!
Have you ever taken a Love Language Test? Nathan and I took one in Sister Pulley's Institute class. This was before we were even dating and we both admitted later that we both tried to see what the other was marking. Ha! Young love [sigh].
My Test Results:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service