As we begin a new year, I love to look back at our daughter Michaela’s best quotes from the year before [tweet that!]. She turned five in August, and you can find her quotes from 2015 here and from 2014 here. From January to December 2016, here are Michaela’s cutest, cleverest, and most comical comments.
When Mark walks Michaela to her bus stop for kindergarten, he often tells her Bible stories. One morning, he was describing what happened in Genesis 1 and 2 when Michaela said, “Wait! These people sound a lot like Adam and Eve.”
After I made Michaela popcorn one day, she said, “I think you’re the best mom ever and so cool that you need a reward.” A few minutes later, she brought me a Tinker Bell figurine. “I got the perfect reward for you!”
In April, Michaela was sitting in her chair holding a bunch of balls. One ball fell out, and she yelled, “Assistant!”
Her one-year-old sister “Beanie” quickly retrieved the ball.
“Thank you, assistant!” Michaela said in her best magician’s voice.
At Vacation Bible School this past summer, Michaela learned a lot about Jesus. Unfortunately, she got a couple things confused about His death and resurrection. “Jesus died in the road,” she told me, “and fairies visited His tomb.”
This summer, my brother Tim and his wife Natalie got a Newfoundland puppy and named him Neville. One day, Aunt Natalie was showing Michaela pictures of Neville on her phone. When they came to one where Natalie was cradling Neville, Michaela said, “Did Neville come from your tummy?”
I featured a ballerina in my novel and took dance lessons as a child, but Michaela’s more into superheroes than princesses. In January, our friends invited us to see the American Ballet Theater perform Sleeping Beauty. Ten minutes into the show, Michaela said, “When is it going to be over?”
In November, Pop and Grandma Necie treated the Brunke Bunch to a trip to Disney World. While we were there, we saw a musical called the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. “It’s sad that Ariel had to leave her Mommy and Daddy to be with the man,” Michaela said afterwards. “She should’ve stayed with her Mommy and Daddy.
Our first winter after we moved to Maryland, we got three feet of snow.
“Look, Beanie,” Michaela told her sister the day before the blizzard. “The big snow is coming tomorrow and the second day.” She pointed outside. “But there’s some snow I got you to hold us over.”
After a day at Vacation Bible School, Michaela told Beanie the story of the prodigal son. “He spent all his money on food, drink, and adult toys.”
One night in January, Michaela was outside with Pop and Necie.
“Look!” Michaela said. “It’s like half a moon!”
“Yeah,” Grandma Necie said. “It’s a half-moon tonight.”
“Quick! Let’s find the other half!”
Which quote’s your favorite? Comment below.