This weekend my husband made the most beautiful wooden step stool for Marlee. I knew she would love it. She is at that precious age teetering right on the edge of babyhood. She loves to help us with things and her curiosity grows everyday. We try to encourage this, showing her how things work instead of isolating her from our grown-up world. I knew this step stool would be the perfect way she could take more responsibility for herself, washing her hands in the sink or bringing it into the kitchen to watch me cook and help me stir bowls of flour and water.