"I gotta tell you, I slept SO peacefully. Like, I didn't hear nobody. I was so tired."
"I saw this and I thought of you cause you're da best mommy in da world."
Watching Mary Poppins, "We'll start with raspberry ice, and then some cake and tea....":
"That's not very healthy. They must be having dessert."
Mommy: "I am so lucky to be your mommy."
Emerson: "And I love being your child. But I'm ready to grow up...."
Mommy: "Emerson, will you pick up that grape-something off of the floor?"
Emerson: "Stem. It's called a stem. Apples have stems...grapes have stems...."
Mommy: "Isn't it fun to think about what you might choose to do someday? You might in the band or be the twirler or play a sport or something else!"
Emerson: "Well, I really want to do both."
"When I was a baby I knew about God, cause I was still in His hands."
"I really wanted to watch tv before bed, but I got distracted by the iPad!"
Handing Emerson Cream of Wheat, cautiously warning about temperature:
Mommy: "Careful, it's hot...."
Emerson: "That's why it's called hot cereal."
Emerson: "I'm thinking about Daddy."
Mommy: "You'll feel safer once he's home, won't you?"
Emerson: "Yeah." (Smiling, but fighting tears and emotional.) "He's super strong!"
Mommy: "Someday you may choose to ask Jesus to live in your heart forever."
Emerson: "Well, I think Jesus already lives in my heart."
"Dear Mommy, I love when you say 'I love you'. Or 'I love you, Brennan'. It doesn't really matter. But don't forget that I was your baby. Love, Emerson"
Interrupting mid-prayer at bedtime:
"And pray about Jesus, that God sent Him to the world, and made it beautiful, and He washed our sins away."
"You're the best mommy in the world. God made you just the way I like you."
"And thank you, God, that you didn't put us on the earth by ourselves, but you gave us Jesus."
"Mommy, pray for my disobedience."
"Mommy, I love you. And I love when you read the Bible to me."