Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I Can Make You Smile

There are moments as a mom, where I am truly taught by my children.

I love those moments when they happen and feel very grateful to share my life with such incredible little people.

With it being the new year, I've been thinking a lot lately about my life, about how I'm doing, where I can improve, etc.

But, I've also been thinking a lot about my family. I have been thinking about each child and thinking about their needs, their personal strengths and struggles and what we can do as a family to help strengthen each other. 

Sometimes as a mom, that can feel overwhelming.

But, then I have moments like this, and I know that I'm not alone in my efforts. I'm surrounded by a small army of powerful people, who are currently housed in the cutest little bodies.

They love each other. 
They are committed to each other.
And they help each other.

Life is meant to be full of joy.
I firmly believe we have opportunities every day to choose happiness.

At any age, this is not always the easiest thing to do.

Lucy was having a hard time choosing her own happiness.

And she was determined to stay that way.

Until Zach came along.

I sat and watched Lucy Lu-Lu try REALLY hard to choose ANYTHING but happiness.
She was determined.
But, Zach didn't give up. 
I sat and watched him for a couple seconds and grabbed the camera.

Then I watched as this sweet young man helped his little sister choose to be happy.

It was such a great example to me of the power we have to lift, to encourage, and to help those around us choose happiness.

We all need people like that.
We need people who can recognize when we can't do it on our own, and who are willing to step in and  help.

Thank you Zach.
You make my job as a mom so much easier.


Britney said...

Oh he is just such a good kid!!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos you captured of that moment. She is hilarious -- even when she's not trying to be.

Mom said...

How did I miss this one? So tender and sweet! Zach is a one in a million. He is so sweet and tender. I miss him, and of course, little Lucy. Give them a big hug for me.

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