So...to honor her...I thought I'd let you know what she's been up to (aside from gluing her hands together!):
She's still madly in love with her Bible...and reading, in general. She has a "Young Readers" Bible that is a bit more challenging than a typical Children's Bible and yet not quite as difficult to read as the regular Bible. Zoe found out that both of her Grandfathers have read through their Bibles at least once. She decided she'd like to do the same..with the Young Reader's Bible (400+ pages). And Shane told her he'd reward her with something. Her "prize" of choice? A cover for her "real" Bible (that's what she calls it). Sure enough, Zoe finished back in May and Daddy came through and took her to The Bible House to pick out her reward. She immediately went straight to the cover she wanted (apparently, best friend Maeve has the exact same one) and of course, she needed a highlighter. Then she saw a devotional. And how do you say "no" when your 6-year old asks for a devotional? So...Shane didn't. When they got home, Zoe went to bed and brought her new prized possession...
While we're on the topic of "new possessions", Zoe also graduated to a bigger bike. She is growing so fast...(sniff sniff). Granddad Christgau was here (our resident Bicycle Guru) when Shane found a perfect bike for Zoe on Craigslist. So the two of them (Granddad & Zoe) went off to pick it up. Quite a bonding moment for them.
Also new for Zoe is a neighborhood playmate. We've lived here for almost 7 years and we've been on the hunt for a girl for Zoe to play with since she started having playdates. We're surrounded by boys. EVERYWHERE. Even though she's older, Kenzie is fun for Zoe, but she's temporarily in another town while they rebuild her house. Then I found her when I was on a run: Olivia! She was playing frisbee with her Dad. Olivia lives right around the corner and the girls have gotten together NUMERous times. From all early reports, they are 2 peas in a pod. Olivia is a year ahead of Zoe in school, but that doesn't seem to matter to them...
Zoe's taken over my roll-top desk, too. Honestly, I can't exactly remember when I got the desk. I know it was at latest...4th grade. I can remember watching MY grandmother stain it in our garage in Anaheim. It's so special passing something down to my oldest child. Zoe loves having it in her room. She sits there and makes lists gallore! She even does her homework there.
And finally...Zoe's taken on a new "task" that she likes to help me with: Changing diapers! She panics only slightly if there's poop. She does an AMAZING job and it's quite helpful to me. Zoe likes to get the babies dressed and the other day, while Shane was getting the babies ready for bed, Zoe offered to change some diapers. I can't say I would've have let her, but Shane's just crazy enough to give her a shot. She did great! The video is pretty funny, but I promised not to post it, so you'll have to settle for a picture.
I'm really blessed to have Zoe as a daughter. She's so much fun and has so much energy. She's very helpful and LOVES to help. She has a heart for Jesus even at this young age. I can't wait to see how she grows into a young lady (I'm sure it'll happen very quickly!)