I Gave Him Love

by gidget on August 25, 2011

in family life,life is beautiful

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One of the sweetest gifts a mama can get has to be praise for her children, hearing them do unto others as someone has done to them, giving the grace that they themselves have been given.

Since the end of last year (probably due to all the changes in our family– moving, new baby coming, etc), my big girl began to struggle in a way she never had before… when I dropped her off at preschool there were tears and fear and not-wanting-mommy-to-leave.

Her loving teachers would guide her into the room, and I would leave– with her crying, a ripping-off-of-the-bandaid if you will, not wanting to linger and drag it out. Because I knew within minutes of me leaving she would be fine.

This became a problem at Sunday School, too, which was again, something we had never seen from Gigi in her four years of church-going. But there she received love and redirection as well, and most days she ended up staying and having a fun time with her friends.

Today, we came full circle.

When I picked her up, her teacher was eager to speak with me. I feared that this meant she hadn’t had a good day (nothing like expecting the worst, huh?). But it turned out her teacher wanted to tell me about the amazing day she’d had.

A new preschool friend, Finn, was having a sad day, missing his mom. Gigi, the old pro, was extra sweet to him, reassuring him throughout the day and showing him the love he needed.

Finn, don’t be sad, the mommies will be here after nap.┬áDo you want to come sit by me?

It was her “share day” which means in addition to bringing snack, Gigi also got to bring something to share with her class. She chose the princess book/map set that her cousin Riley’s family gave her. She was extra teacher-like as her friends sat in the circle waiting to get to see her special toy. She offered them all a “princess” figurine to put on the map. And when Finn said he didn’t like princesses, she pressed on.

That’s okay, you can have an animal! Come closer to the map with me, Finn.

Her teacher’s heart was warmed, knowing how Gigi had struggled herself somedays, and now seeing her pay forward the love she had received that helped her stick it out.

Before drop-off I always ask her if she can try to be a good friend, and today I got to see a glimpse of the fruit of that training. I told her how happy it made me that she was showing her friend the love of Jesus. And her heart seemed to swell at knowing that she had done just that.

Her daddy called to say hi, and she told him, I was a good friend. Finn was sad and I gave him love.

And in seeing the sweetness in my girl amidst many challenging hours and days of mothering… she gave me love, too.

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Krissa August 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

So, so sweet. :)
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Kacy August 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Friend, what a treat to read of the ways that the Lord is working in your sweet treasure!!! So glad you shared! Hope your heart is well. I think of you often and pray that all is well with THREE kiddos. :) How blessed are we??? :)

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Brooke August 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I love this post! Way to go Gigi! Nicole, I can only imagine how your heart and face glowed while hearing these sweet things about your girl! Wahoo! Sometimes, they make it all worth it huh? xo

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Stacy August 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

What a precious moment! I know you;ll remember that forever.

Seeing our children treat others well really warms the heart. What a sweetheart.
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Susan August 29, 2011 at 6:08 am

Such a sweet moment thank you for sharing.

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Karen, aka mom and Yaya September 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

How sweet!!! Tell Gigi how proud Yaya is of her!!

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Karen, aka mom and Yaya September 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

Just came across this perfect verse (although all God’s verses are perfect as well!):
1 John 3:17-18 – ‘If we are rich and see others in need, yet close our hearts against them, how can we claim that we love God? My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.’ (GNT)

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gidget September 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

Thanks, mom! I’ll share it with Gigi. :)

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