Thursday, April 25, 2013

You Matter :)

"Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart." - Winnie the Pooh

Before I had children, I spent a lot of time with other people's kids. And as much as I enjoyed the jobs that I had, I distinctly remember thinking, "This is going to be so much better when the kids I'm taking care of are my own." What I never anticipated happening was that having my own children made me love ALL children even more.

Love is deep and a little bit mysterious, and I don't pretend to know all about how it works, but I do know that it possesses transformative powers that make you see the entire world differently. Love is patient. Love is kind....It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I adore how easily children can love and how with their every move they are seeking for someone to love and accept them. They are so open and vulnerable to it, which is why it is so important that there are people in their lives who are ready and willing to give it.

Children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends...we all know a child. Some of us love a child more than we can even explain. But. There are moments, sometimes days, sometimes even phases, when it's hard to feel "patient" and "kind" and all of the wonderful things that love is. As kids try to figure the world out, they are also pretty good at trying one's patience. :) And it's easy to feel like you're just not doing enough. How can we be loving when there's so much correction and discipline to dole out in a day?

There are days that I feel trapped in a hamster wheel...picking up the same toys, correcting the same mistakes, folding the same little laundry. Over and over and over again. What are my children learning from that? Are they learning anything? I get pretty down sometimes, and I feel like I'm not the parent that I want to be. Then a song plays on the radio just when I need it.

If you have ever stopped what you were doing to give a kid a hug, if you've shared a smile, made a meal, played pretend, listened to a long story, attended a game, high-fived, read a book, held hands, or shown a child in any way that you cared about them, it mattered. Despite what could have been a crazy day otherwise, your small gestures can and often will speak the loudest to them.

So today I'm passing on something that encouraged me when I needed it, in hopes that it might do the same for you. Our kids love this song and had fun helping! From us, to you. :)

Thank you to everyone who shared your families with us this week! I loved going through all of your pictures and memories. I can't tell you how many smiles your children brought me in the last several days. As the girls and I like to say to Reagan, they are all "precious little gifts from God!" :)

In a world that can be a scary place sometimes, keep spreading that love around. Have a great day, friends!


sblind2 said...

LOVE IT - thanks for the reminder!!

Cassie said...

you are one seriously awesome and amazing person lady!! i am blessed to call you and friend and to have gotten to know you and your family.

those three kids are LUCKY and so is eric.

keep up the awesome, awesome work!

big hugs!

Sara Simpson said...

This is just adorable!! Love it!!!!!!!!

Heather said...

Awww Adrien! That was awesome!! Just when I needed a smile!

Adrien said...

Thanks guys - your words always mean so much to me. Thank you for your awesome encouragement. Love!!

Meagan said...

Oh my goodness Adrien!! As if I wasn't already a hot mess today while crying from watching Dancing with the Stars (I know right?!) I go and watch this and the tears just keep on coming!

You are seriously the most sincere/thoughtful/genuine/caring/sweetest person I have ever known and I hope that I can make at least one person feel half as good as you make others feel!

Melissa Cheek said...

Awesome, loved every second of it! Cried the whole time and then Amelia cried because I cried. We are one emotional family! Great job!

Adrien said...

Well, now I'm crying! Haha. Thanks, girls!

April Robert said...

Very encouraging video Adrien!

Christine Pettijohn said...

You are awesome!!! I love this!!! You said what every parent feels several times through out raising a child. Great job Adrien!


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