Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What I Love Wednesday - Worry Dolls

Peanut is a worrier.

On Monday night she couldn't sleep.  She was worried about school on Tuesday.  She worries that her "friend" will be mean to her (which is actually pretty likely).  She came out into the living room with tears in her eyes, afraid to go to sleep, knowing that when she did morning would come faster and she'd have to go to school.

I told her to give her worries to her worry dolls to take away while she slept.  Then I filled her ears with "I love you"s so that no other thoughts could fit between them, and sent her to bed.

About 30 minutes later I went in to check on her and she was sleeping soundly.

Now, if only those worry dolls could make me stop worrying about her . . .

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

To My Girls . . .

My sweet girls:

Today I sit here, wondering what I should do.  I know that I can't take away your worries or your pain.    I can't solve your problems for you.  I can only listen with an open heart and open arms.  I can give you hugs, kisses, and advice (and ice cream!).  I know that you're strong enough to make your way through the world on your own.  While I would like to beat the path down for you so that I don't have to see you suffer, I know in my heart of hearts that the path you make yourself will be the best one for you.  I may have to watch you struggle, but I will also experience the joy of watching you succeed.   This is my promise to you:   You will succeed!!!  You are too strong, smart, kind, creative and amazing not to. So, keep on keeping on my loves, and know that I'll always be here for you.  You are my heart, and I will always be your safe place! 

I don't want to wish away our time,
but I would like to wish away your tears.
If only I could remove the pain
that comes with all your worries and fears.

There are a few things that I know are true -
You're strong!  You're tough!  You will get through
these trials, these tests, these mean, cruel few!
All your experiences will make you YOU.

Your smile is a thing of beauty!
Your kindness shines brighter than the sun!
You have a love that can't be stifled!
You make my life a better one!

If there's one thing you MUST remember -
Life can be tough, but you are too!
You have the talent to succeed,
Just look deep down inside of you!