Yesterday was one of those days. I occasionally have moments where I wondering if I have done everything for my children that I should be doing. Then, this happened.
While in the grocery store, I was walking with my Bear and he looked up at me and asked “Are we going with Dad tonight.” I told him “No, not tonight sweetie, you get to hang out with me because it is my birthday.” “Oh, ok.” was his little reply. “You like going out with dad huh buddy.” I mentioned. “Yeah, I do. He takes me lots of fun places and buys me lots of prizes.” was his little answer. “That is great Bear. Do you think that we do fun things together?” Here was his reply: “Well, you tell me what I need to do and what I shouldn’t do. When I am with you I have to read and do my math and brush my teeth. You help us. You love us and you know what mom, I love you too!” What better answer is there.
Later that night, a friend told me the following story. Nena and her daughter are the best of friends. While Nena as playing at her house, her friend put on a movie. Nena was a bit nervous and told her friend that her mom (ME) hadn’t seen that movie yet and that she didn’t want to watch a movie that her mom (ME) hadn’t previewed yet. Nena’s cute friend assured her that it was ok because it was a Disney show. Nena stuck to her guns and my amazing friend backed her up and told her that it was ok that she check with me first. I about fell off my chair when my friend told me this.
Tonight, Bear came down to me after all of the other kiddos were in bed holding my brand new set of scriptures. He climbed up on my lap and said, “Mom, can you read some scriptures to me for a while?”
Now, I am not telling these stories to say, Look at me! I am stellar mom of the year. Nope. These experiences SURPRISED the heck out of me. I am just so grateful that my children are picking up on the good things. I am so happy to see their little lights shining through. They have amazing little souls. It is not me. It is 100% them.