My fellow blogger friend, Emily, from the wonderful Keeping Time blog, is celebrating parents on her blog today. She wants us to take a break from all the worries and anxieties involved in raising our children and to take a moment to celebrate the good things and share what makes us proud of ourselves, as parents. I want to celebrate with her!
What I am most proud of, is that I have raised my two girls to be grateful and express thankfulness. I am always telling them how I grateful I am for everything in my life. I don't want them to take anything for granted - the sun shining on a Monday morning; the sight of a big, beautiful full moon on a starry night; the gathering of our family around the table for a yummy weeknight dinner. After all, it truly is the simple things in this world, that make life worth living.
Here is a note that my eldest daughter, Anita (10) wrote for me a few months ago, in her exact words.
Thank you for everything. Thank you for making my lunches and baking cookies and helping me with my work and thank you for buying me things I need. THANK YOU!
This was written on a school night, for no reason at all, but to express her gratitude to me. If I succeed at nothing in this world, I have succeeded in raising my girls to appreciate the little things, to be thankful for everything, and for that I am grateful!
Thank you, Emily, for inviting parents to your celebration. You are a wonderful mother to your two girls! Congratulations! I celebrate you and all the other parents doing their best to raise their children to be the best they can be.
What a feather in your cap! Great job! Don't you love those sweet, unprompted out pours of appreciation?ReplyDelete
Thank you, Danielle! You're right! Those spontaneous outpours of gratitude are the best! :o)Delete
You are doing an AMAZING job with your daughters; AND, they in turn, will be good parents as well....what a great gift you are giving them and making the circle of life so wonderful!!!
I feel the same way....so hip, hip hooray for Emily and Rosinda and ALL the moms out there who make a difference and feel it in their hearts that they are blessed beyond measure!!!
Thank you so much, Joann! Love you! xoxoDelete
Oh Rosinda, that note! We give so much to our children, willingly and joyful (and sometimes sleepily and grumpily), and these concrete reminders that they *see* what we're doing -- that they notice and feel grateful -- are like touchstones, aren't they? Little reassurances of a job well done.ReplyDelete
I love hearing about your family and your sweet daughters! Thank you so much for linking up and playing along!
Emily, thank you for inviting me to share in your celebration! What a great idea you had! I too,love hearing about your darling family! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxoDelete
Ahh so sweet. You're doing a great job with those little dolls!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Nancy!Delete
We should all celebrate you great moms (and dads)! You're raising wonderful children and making the world a better place. Happy Valentine's Day, dear Rosinda! xoxoReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Janie! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! xoxoDelete