We just had a fantastic week with my sis Crystal visiting with Tony, Ashlynn and Payge. I will write about it when I have a few extra minutes, ha ha!
For now, I just want to write some things down before I forget. Sometimes I wonder if I am teaching my kids the values that are most important to me. The things that I was taught as a kid- to love others and treat them kindly, no matter what. Do they know how strongly I feel about treating others as equals even if they are different from us?
Today I went to the park for our weekly park day. Bryce was just not happy. Usually he runs around smiling and giggling and I can just watch him from afar. Today he was clingy and whiny. I finally decided to take him home for a nap. A sweet friend of mine, Ranell, offered to keep the other 2 at the park with her, since they were having a great time.
We ended up doing a little swap and when I was at her house before she left for a movie, she said, Oh yeah, I need to tell you something about Dallin.
One of the other moms has a mentally handicapped child who Dallin had never met before. Dallin was playing baseball with his buddies and this mom and her boy joined in. Dallin lovingly pitched the ball over and over again to this sweet boy. The mother told my friend that she was impressed with his patience and his willingness to play with her son.
As Ranell related this story, my eyes filled with tears and my heart swelled as I realized that yes, even thoughI am not always the mom I want to be, the message is getting through. My goal is to never be the source of someone else's pain, and if I can pass this on to my children, I will feel successful as a mom. So, I am truly grateful for Dallin and his sweet personality. I hope I can remember this when I am getting upset over trivial things.
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