Friday, December 4, 2009

Pretty much everything you might need

I am in a mad rush to finish packing before we leave tomorrow, but I had to come and tell you about this. This afternoon, I asked Ava to get together some things for her carry-on bag. I suggested some books, some things to draw on, and maybe a toy or two. It is so nice to have her at an age where she can do some of these things for herself, especially as I have a 6 month old to think about too!

Just a little while ago, I opened her backpack to see what she'd packed. So, here's what you apparently need on a 14 hour flight:
  • A Barbie
  • A little girl Barbie
  • A Barbie dressed like a princess
  • A pair of yellow plastic binoculars
  • A miniature silver handbag with a clasp top
But here's what really got me.

A sparkly fairy wand. You never know when the need might arise. And what I really love about this is that she put it in the side pouch, so that it's right there for easy access. There's nothing I hate more than rummaging around in my bag on a dark plane looking for my wand. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner!

It reminded me of a story that has now achieved legendary status in our family. One day last year I was getting the kids ready for church. Ava was all dressed and I asked her, "Babe, do you wanna wear a headband to church?" And she answered nonchalantly, "That's okay, Mom. I have a crown in my bag."

Lord bless her. I just love six year old girls. Especially this one.

(Prayers appreciated for a safe, baby-sleep-filled flight! Check ya later.)


  1. That is PRICELESS. Yes, she needs that wand to be handy in case anyone is abusing the airline's carry-on policy. You go, Ava.

    When are y'all in the air??? And which of your many channels of communication can I use to contact you once you're back on US soil?

  2. Adorable! It's hard to believe it's been "6" years.

  3. I. Just. Died. She is just too cute. I can't wait to see you guys!

  4. Ava is so precious ! Such innocence and joy in living. I think a wand IS a must have too. I can't wait to see you all !

  5. All the necessities! That girl knows how to pack.

    Safe travels!!

  6. I think you could expect a young lady wielding a wand to get only the best of service from the airline industry. And, it'll probably get right past the TSA.

  7. That's AWESOME!! I wish I could remember to take my wand with me when I went out. And I NEVER remember my crown!

    I'll be saying a few prayers for you..and thinking of you. Hope you'll find time to check in at least once while you're back visiting the old US of A.

  8. Yes, you are SO funny and, yes, your children are SO precious and, yes, a wand is an often overlooked, but definitely essential accessory but what I REALLY need to know is if you'll be visiting the Big D while stateside... :) (please say yes, please say yes, please say yes)...
    Love you, am SO inspired by you.