Wednesday, June 1, 2011

shovels...

It is why I stopped working a career I loved…it is why I endure long thankless hours…home daycare is no walk in the park…it is fun, loud, and stressful…but it is all worth it…it is all worth being able to watch my children learn and grow…it was worth watching every milestone that Max would concur…it was worth watching him struggle to get along with others…but he has the tools to be successful in school and in life because he can get his shovel back without yelling, hitting, or tattling…he will enter kindergarten in the fall…and today I was reminded why I love my choosen life…I watched Maddie get off the wagon…walk to the park and play…I watched her grab her brothers hand for help…I watched Maddie walk to the sand pit get in and have a friend hand her a shovel…another friend take her shoes and socks off…and teach her how to play…with others…side by side…the sprinkler turned on and she got out of the sand pit and walked around it…testing the water…watching the other kids…tempting as it was she was hungry and came inside to eat…she crawled on to the deck…opened the slide door…and signed she was hungry…it seems with each passing day and her BIG 2 year birthday…Maddie in my eyes has become so much more like other children…she just seems so much more like a regular kid…she is spunky and tells you if she is not interested…she is eager to play with other kiddos instead of just watching…she understands my words…when I ask her questions or ask her to get her shoes, coat, or go to the store…Maddie is so there in her mind…it is disconcerting how I questioned her wit…how I questioned if she would make it in this big world…Maddie in my home daycare…will learn nice…but she will also learn not so nice…not because the kiddos I have in my care are not nice…but they are honest….all kids are honest and I know there will be a time I have to explain why Maddie is so darn perfect! Maddie will also learn that she has to work hard and use her words…she will learn that she is not the center of the universe…just the center of her families universe…Maddie will also learn that she has to do for herself…that no one will give her a free ride because she has such a great smile…I am looking forward to the day that Maddie learns to get her shovel back…without yelling, hitting or tattling…then she will be ready to tackle the world...

10 comments:

  1. A BIG smile on my face right now. She has been growing and developing and learning SO much, right in front of your eyes. She's got an amazing mom learning right along with her, but learning new and different lessons. So much more alike than different... I loved this post and it's positivity!!!

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  2. This put the biggest smile on my face...I could totally picture her outside playing with all the other kids! Yay Maddie for turning into such a big girl!!!

    I talk to Sutter just like I talk to Landon...sometimes I catch myself and wonder "does he understand???" but time and time again he proves that he does...and so does Maddie! She's a smart girl and one day she WILL tackle the world!!!! :)

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  3. Great post...it warms my heart that you are seeing how "normal" life becomes with our kiddos! Maddie is doing great! It is the best feeling when you them in this light and just see them play like all the other kids. I love it! You are such a great mom...

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  4. Awesome post! Max and Maddie are lucky kids :)

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  5. What a wonderful mother and teacher you are! Would you mid teaching my two a few of those lessons ;)

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  6. LOVED this! I have had a lot of things running through my mind lately...Reading this just gives me so much hope. Thank you for sharing :)

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  7. Ditto to what Rebecca said. Love the milestones and positive outlook.

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  8. Its so hard to see with Jax, but Arina is definitely "normal". I don't see anything different about her than any of my other kids. She came from an orphanage, barely sitting up, and now she will be walking soon. Someday, everyone will see what we see!

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  9. It's amazing how quickly they seem to grow up after they start walking. And it's wonderful to see all the beauty in her!

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