Sunday, March 9, 2008

This little girl...


I often think Grace's name should have been Joy. The word joyous would be a very accurate description of Grace. On Friday she and I were getting ready to leave for Grandma and Grandpa's house for the day. I had taken a shower, gotten dressed and was in the bathroom starting to put on a little bit of makeup. Grace is just fascinated with this whole makeup thing, and was sitting on the side of the bathtub watching me. She said, "Mom, why do you wear makeup?" I told her that I had "some things on my face that I needed to cover up." (Those "things" BTW are the lovely dark circles under my eyes, and I was putting on some concealer.) Grace then said, "Mom, you don't ever need to wear makeup...you are sooo beautiful and you don't need it." She was so genuine the way she said this to me, and the comment even brought tears to my eyes. I sat down on the side of the tub, sat her on my lap and told her thank you and that was such a nice thing to say to Mommy and how much I loved her. I'm not saying that parenting is the easiest job in the world, in fact it's the hardest and most challenging one I've ever had, but it's the most rewarding one and the one I've been called to. The days that I feel down about the wait, I'll remember this bit of joy from Grace. I think I'll write down this sweet little statement Grace said and put it away someday to re-read when I need it. Hmm...like when she's 14 or 15 and not real thrilled with me. I know that someday we'll go through those adolescent struggles, but for now I'm enjoying this joyous little girl. :)

13 kind words:

OH MY #6 said...

This is just a lovely post. Thank you for sharing.

Lea

Steffie B. said...

That was so sweet....Sophia says those things to me as well....now my teenager does not....save the note! lol

The Morris Family said...

...what a sweetly precious moment...made me smile... with a happy tear...thank you for sharing Gail- your Grace IS a Joy! Karen

Ashley said...

Don't you just treasure moments like that? I think you should tuck the note away...it will be a special memory. And I agree, Grace is such a joyful girl!

Christine said...

Oh, what a sweet thing for Grace to say - how meaningful!

Mob said...

What a lovely thing for her to say. Kids say the truth too, thats what makes it extra special.

redmaryjanes said...

You both are very beautiful. And yes, hold that in your heart. The boys have said things over the years that I keep with me always.

Denise C said...

Gail,
You do have such a little "joy" in your home! But I happen to adore her name...GRACE! Oh that word is so powerful for me! She is both Joy and Grace for your family....and God's precious gift!

Her words are so sweet and sincere....my Chelsi still tell me things that just make my heart melt....ans she's 11...soon to be 12.

My mom began writing a journal when Chelsi was born of sweet and funny things she did and said....and still has some entries to this day going into this book....I cannot wait for her to give it to Chelsi one day...so she can read all of the precious "things" she did over the years....I am just so thankful my Mom did this, not only for CHelsi but also for me...over the years we do tend to forget things...and I want to remember everything!

Sweet blessings to you my friend!

Mark & Terri said...

What a sweet thing to say. Comments from kids are definitely the most genuine.

Story of our Life said...

Simple Priceless!!

I really needed to read this today!! I can't wait to get to work tmw and see if it will be possible for me to leave early...so I can see Ms. full of Joy and her Beautiful Momma!!!

Lady in Waiting said...

I just love that - and by the way, I agree - you need no make up - you look great!!! :) But I totally agree - they make it worth every minute, don't they!?!?

Steffie B. said...

Hope you ahve a great day....

Kim & Jeff said...

She is such a sweet little girl and she is right you are beautiful inside and out :)

 
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