Oct 31, 2011

The best present EVER!!

Yesterday was my birthday.  I'm not a huge fan of birthdays, and even less a fan of presents.  I'm not really sure why.  Perhaps it's because one thing I hate more than anything is being the center of attention.  But this year I received the best present EVER!  My oldest daughter made me a book.  You'll see as we move further into this journey how much I love books.  But this wasn't just any kind of book.  It was a book all about me!  She titled it 100 Reasons . . .


 It was a list of 100 things that she loves about me.  Now, seriously, what parent of a teenager thinks their child could come up with 100 things?  That being said, my daughter is not really your typical teen.  She doesn't talk back, disobey, or be respectful.  In fact, I don't think we even got in any kind of disagreement until a couple years ago.  And even then, it wasn't severe. I won't bore you with the whole list of 100, but here are some of my favorite:

  • I can talk to you about anything.
  • You're sensitive to my being sensitive.
  • You help me learn to love myself.
  • You always remind me that everything happens for a reason.
  • You taught me what real beauty is.
  • You don't get mad when I butcher vegetables when we are making dinner.
  • You've shared your love of books with me.
  • You say sorry even when it's hard.
  • You've helped me learn how to be independent.

  • What a great kid!  She's such a blessing in my life.


     Now, you are probably wondering how all of this applies to you, right?  I'm sure that each of you have people in your life who give you compliments, or tell you good things about yourself.  A few months ago, I started a folder in my email titled, "Feel Good Emails." Anytime I receive something that uplifts my spirit, whether it's directed specifically at me, or just feel good information, I drop it into that folder.  I even move all my favorite text messages into it.  On days when I need a pick-me-up, I read through that folder.  Sounds kind of hokey, but it really helps!  Try it and let me know how it works.

    What do you do on days when you need your spirits lifted?


    Kathi Oram Peterson said...

    What a wonderful gift and what a kind and considerate daughter. Hold onto her tight.

    Great picture of the two of you. :)

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