We went trick-or-treating last night, with a tiny cowboy and darling cowgirl in tow. It’s so fun to watch them enjoy all the fuss and hoopla, and my daughter’s neighborhood really comes out for the kids, making it even better.

Once the cowgirl’s boots were getting a little too heavy, and her pumpkin overflowed, she stopped in front of me and said, “Mimmie, it’s too early for me to walk,” holding up her arms. She gets hot and cold backwards, and apparently early and late, too!

I picked her up and as we walked she studied my face quietly. After a while, she said, “Mimmie, you’re beautiful to me.”

Visibly moved, I said “Lilli, it’s our love that makes us beautiful. You are very beautiful to me, too.” She smiled, then laid her head, hat and all, on my shoulder.

That’s when I thanked my God for the way He works…even through a three year old girl in a fringed skirt, bandana and red cowboy boots.

“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

“She is more precious than jewels…” Proverbs 31:15