Gifts from God

So, yesterday I ended by contemplating what unexpected act of kindness I could carry out for each of the Junior GGs.  I wondered about baking brownies which I know all three boys love but that wouldn’t really be something unexpected as I bake them often.  I also know that the reality is all three boys could probably have given me a list the length of their arm of things they’d class as kind acts … a new gaming console, new video games, a trip to the moon (Junior GG No3’s regular suggestion for a Saturday family activity) … but this act didn’t have to be extravagant.  Although I didn’t have to do the same thing for each boy, and maybe I wouldn’t have had time been on my side, eventually I filled three hot water bottles, wrapped them in pyjamas for each of the boys and put them in their beds … when they got home from their grandparents’ the house was filled with oohs and ahhs and several hugs so I think the unexpected kind act achieved its purpose!  Job done!

Today the focus of the Love Dare was on seeing our children as gifts.  I totally agree with this (even when things seem to be going horribly wrong) and thank God every day for each of the boys.  This means that today’s dare was another simple one for me … to remind each of my children that they are a priceless gift and I’m grateful to have them in my life.  It was lovely to make a point of sitting with each of the boys and chatting with them … talking about all the things they mean to me, how much I love them, the unique qualities they bring to our family and how indescribably valuable they are.  I’m going to sleep tonight thinking once again about the amazing blessing that I’ve been given.

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