Thursday, April 28, 2011

There Was a Little Girl, Who Had a Little Curl...

"I have Jesus stuck in my head!" Sophia announced as I was driving her to school.  "I jest can't get him outta my mind and I'm jest always thinking 'bout him!"

"Really?"  I asked.  "What do you think about Jesus?"

"I can jest always see his face in my mind.  And when I do sumping wrong, he grumps.  But if I do sumping right, he's smiling."

And then my heart melted.  Sophia is certainly my most difficult child as far as obedience is concerned.  Strong-willed is not even a strong enough description for her on most days.  We are constantly talking about obedience and choosing the right with her, and I know she gets it.  She just struggles between choosing what she really wants to do (play in the mud even though I told her not to) and what she really should do (play on the deck or, at the very least, wear her rainboots in the yard).

Muddy Buddy

Surely Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had Sophia in mind when he wrote the words

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
And when she was good
She was very, very good
But when she was bad, she was horrid.

But then she says things like this, and I realize she understands more than I could ever imagine.  It wasn't so long ago that she left the arms of her Savior to come to earth to be both a trial and a blessing to her mother.  She knows how to choose the right, and she knows that Jesus smiles when she does.

Sleeping Angel
She is truly an angel sent from Heaven.

(And not just while she is sleeping, either.)(In my bed no less!)(with crackers to boot.)
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Sophia my be your hardest now, but she will be your strongest later! We love that little scamp.

  2. Oh my goodness! Nate and I are laughing soooo hard!!! That is probably one of the cutest/funniest/sweetest things I have ever heard! You need to submit that one to a parenting magazine. If you ever want to send Sophia on a vacation, we will gladly take her, or any/all of your girls for that matter :)

  3. What a sweetie. You're totally right, that poem is for her. My mom used to recite it to us, but none of us had curls. :)

  4. Awh, I love that last picture.
    Sweet thing.

  5. I love that you know that poem. My grandmother used to recite it to us. And my "Sophia?" We're so close now that she lives 800 miles away and is grown up. It's all good, Lara. Lamaze breathing, baby!

  6. She's so darling---even covered in mud:)

  7. I hated that poem growing up. I am the only one in my family with curly hair, and my mother would always recite it to me... especially if I had done something "horrid." But now I love it. And it looks like my daughter is going to have curls. Which makes me very happy.

  8. I was the little girl who had a little curl in my house, and my mom quoted that poem to me (AT me) all the time, too! I love that picture in your sweet. My Sophie is quite a fireball, too, but she has learned to control it as she's grown, and she is often so tender and gentle to me now.

  9. My Grandma used to say that little poem to me....

    This post is well, it's just precious. I love it! Sophia is a sweeite :)

  10. Lara,

    I was just catching up on your blog. I love to read your blog. I'm sure you know but you are a great writer. I wish I could send some bright Arizona sun your way.


  11. That is so sweet! She is really just darling!

  12. Crackers in bed or sleep, not sure which I prefer, Sophia's right on both counts! (and a doll!)

  13. What a cutie! I probably need to get Jesus stuck in my head

  14. Awww!

    (I remember riffing on that poem before with "and when she was cold she was very very cold, and when she was hot she was torrid.")

  15. hahaha! I love that little girl.
    Oh, I so relate to this post. Our children truly are a trial and a blessing.