Me: Are you God's child?
Her: Yes. Everyone is God's child.
Me: No, not everyone is God's child.
Her: What? (sounding someone more awake than 20 seconds ago)
Me: God made everyone, but they are not all in His family.
Me: How do you know if you are in Jesus' family?
Her: He's in my heart!
Me: Right. Well, not everyone has Jesus in their heart. But the ones who do are God's children - they're in His family.
Her: Oh. Well I have Jesus in my heart. He gave me a NEW heart. So I'm His child.
Her: And did Jesus give you a new heart?
Her: And did Jesus give daddy a new heart?
Her: And did Jesus give Savannah [little sister] a new heart?
Me: We don't know. She doesn't have any words to talk to us about that yet. But we are praying that Jesus will give her a new heart.
Her: Right! (look of wheels turning...)
Me: I'm your mommy, and you're my daughter, so you're my child, right?
Me: How about your friend *Name*? She is your friend and we love her, but she is not my child. She is a person, but she is not part of our family.
Her: She's not in Jesus' family either.
Me: She's not? (wondering if now our family is the only part of Jesus' family)
Her: No, she's in Santa's family. (Confirmation that the discussion of Santa we had from November until last week is getting in there...)
Me: You can invite her to be in Jesus' family.
Her: I can?!?! I want to do that!
Me: You tell her what you know of Jesus, then you ask her she wants Him to come give her a new heart. If she does, she can pray and ask Him for a new heart that loves Him.
Her: Okay, I'll do that. When she gets back from vacation. Mom?
Her: I'm tired. I love you.
Me: I love you too. Goodnight.
These are the sweet moments of motherhood.