The “I’m Blessed By You” NoteBy
One of my greatest desires in life is to be a true blessing to my children. They sure are to me! Today, my son John, put his hand on my shoulder as he towered above me and said, “I’m really glad you’re my mom.” (insert tears)
I responded with, “You’re still my favorite.”
To which he then retorted, “You’re still my favorite mom.”
As much as we really do love our kids, we often don’t take the time to tell them in ways that really speak to them. Last night I was reading a book by Barbara Corcoran called, If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails & other lessons I learned from my Mom This quote really stuck in my head,
And that was my mother’s genius. She kept her house going by putting her finger on the special gift she saw in each of her children, and making each and every one of us believe that that gift was uniquely ours. Whether it was true or not, we all believed it.
As I was taking a bath today I was thinking about ways that I could bless my children like that. Ways that I could let them know they are loved and that they each have such a uniqueness about them and that they can really do anything they set their minds to do.
I thought of each of my children and could even see their smiles as I thought of how unique they are. This is when I came up with the idea of writing each of them a thank you note, but more like an “I’m Blessed by You” note. I’m going to sneak in their rooms while they are out of them and put the handwritten note in an obvious place, taped to the computer screen maybe, or perhaps replace the bookmark in their current read, or I’ll simply place it on the pillow of each child. My heart has been filled with such love and gratitude for my amazing children, it’s almost bursting out of me!
A few weeks ago I began a routine as I left the house by saying, to no one in particular, “I love you.” Sometimes the words aren’t spoken for the benefit of the hearer, but the benefit of the person speaking the words.
Now that the kids are getting older they often come and go a lot. Another thing I want to do is make up a cute little “exit note” by the door. It would simply say, “As you go into the world, KNOW that you are loved by us.” I want to laminate it and hang it just above the light switch. Perhaps as they read it on their way out the door, it will fill them with great feelings – knowing they are loved.
What are some little ways that you show your children that you are blessed by them, simply for who they are?