Monday, January 11, 2010

On blessing...

The other night The Boy woke up with a bad dream.
He came to our bed, we snuggled and got him calmed down, and everything got quiet.

After a few minutes, he leaned over and whispered, "Mom, I love you."
I didn't say anything because I was nearly asleep and shocked that he offered this, out of the blue.
And he said it again, this time louder and a little annoyed, "Mom! I said I love you!" (Hey, he's 8.)



Of course I said it back, but I was holding back tears.
What a kind and selfless act! He made my day, at 4:00 in the morning, with a simple random "I love you."

I laid awake for the next hour thinking about what a blessing that was, as I listened to him snore.



I thought about the meaning of the word bless.

Bless -
a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness

to bestow good of any kind upon


And then I wondered, how often do we take the time to really bless people in our lives.
We all know about "random acts of kindness."
But what about the people we love. The ones that are closest to us.
How often do we go out of our way to bless them?



What's one simple thing you can do to bless your family today?
Play a card game with them?
Do another family member's chores?
Surprise them with a batch of fresh cookies?
Allow the kids to eat a "backwards dinner" - Dessert first, then the meal.
Spend an extra 5 minutes snuggling.
Tell your husband a few of your favorite qualities about him, why you fell in love with him.
Have the house picked up when your husband comes home from work.
Leave out the spinich in a meal and tell your kid, "I did that just for you."
Tell your insecure daughter how stunningly beautiful she is.


How can you bless your family today?
I'll bet it will burn a memory in their mind that will stretch that blessing out for a very very long time.

87 comments:

Polka Dot Moon said...

What a wonderful post! Those little things are what the kids, spouses remember the most too!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful post! It honestly made me cry.

Chele said...

I absolutely love this post Beki! I know it's been awhile since I've been by but it looks like I've come just in time! ;) I needed that, thanks!

Elizabeth @ TexasEbeth said...

How very true! Thanks for reminding me to bless my family today.

Jaimie said...

great post! coming to tell you that you also are awesome and i love your etsy shop.

Shandra said...

Wow! I was sent over here by V and Co. and can't tell you how much I loved that post! What a great reminder. Thanks!

The Queen Of Re said...

well said, time to go snuggle

rentz said...

Thanks for that, Beki. I LOVE those random I love yous, too!

John and Elisa Seaba said...

what a great reminder! thanks!! and very sweet of your boy!

Laura said...

I can stop reading blogs RIGHT NOW and tickle my three year old son who has been begging me to do so for five minutes now....

Martha said...

Beki! That was just beautiful...and I cannot wait until I pick my kiddos up and hubby gets home to make them all feel special! Beautiful post

girlsmama said...

As much as I hate waking up, those middle of the night moments are often the most tender. Thanks for sharing, I came over from V's blog.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

I just found you over at V and Co. This is such a beautiful post!! What a sweetheart he is. :)

Kathryn said...

hey there. i came over from awesome V's blog, lol. i must say, you have excellant taste in music. i may just sit on your blog all day so i can listen to it while i work around the house :)

Karla said...

I have an 8 year old son as well. Your post made me tear up...they will be men in the blink of an eye. I love hearing "I love you, Mom" from him and have had moments just like yours.

I found your blog through V & Co. So glad that I did!

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

CASSIE said...

Cute post...
I bet it just gives you glimpses of what he will be like in the future!

Can't wait to have a boy of my own ;)

Bog hoppin' from V & Co.

:)

Jeannine said...

found your blog by way of V and company and will be back again soon. Love your jewelry and your blog. continued success in your crafty endeavors.

the whytes said...

i don't know when the official name change came, but i love the new header!!! so great!

Katie B. said...

Thanks for the reminder! It's easy to get busy and forget about these little blessings.

I'm here from V and Co. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

Brandy Webb said...

Momma's boys... mine is 10 and such a sweet heart! Just wanted to stop by and say "hi"- found your blog thru V and co. Gorgeous jewelry!!!

Mags said...

this is an ironic post for me to read! I just made a resolution to give someone i love a "gift a week" not necessarily something store bought, but a nice note, or babysitting, or homemade treat! i enjoy your blog.

ArtSnark said...

wonderful post today!

Tracey said...

V&Co told me about you...

I can bless someone today.

And your jewelry is beautiful... I love it... I think I need the angels sang necklace for my son.

Stacey said...

Came over from V & Co. What a great post! I have been so blessed through my children, as well. When they say things like that it's so precious. Hope they are still saying it when they are 16-lol! Love your jewelry, too, btw!

Amy said...

Just saw your gorgeous jewelery on V & Cos. blog. Love it!

Erica said...

such a great post and a wonderful reminder. i will make sure to try to bless my family today!

and your daughter IS stunningly beautiful. :)

pklaw said...

Hi, found your blog via V and company and then saw your sweet boy. I have my 9-year-old grandson living with me and know how precious those "I love you's" can be. Your work is very inspired. It is easy to see you have a passion for it!

alison said...

I also found your blog from V and company. Thanks for sharing this tender reminder; I'm totally taking you up on it! :)

Love 2 Quilt said...

You have a very sweet boy. How wonderful children are.

I'm also here to tell you V sent me to say you have beautiful hair!!

Ginger said...

I came over from V&Co. and am so glad I stopped by. That was such a beautiful post...thank you for reminding me to bless my family!

Marlatt Five said...

V and Co. sent me to your blog. I love your jewelry!!

Jeanette said...

Wow, I cant wait for my little one to be able to say those three little words that mean so much. I found you on V & Co. and Im sure glad I did, you have such a gift with your jewelry! Hope you day keeps getting better and better
-jeanette

The Gosfam said...

That is so sweet!! How can I bless my family today? Thanks for the reminder. Also love all your jewelry. Came over from V and Co, and so excited for chance to win. You are a favorite on my Etsy now.

The Crandizzles said...

Boys don't say it often, but when they do, they mean it! Amazing V sent me over. And your stuff is dang cute!!!

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

Found my way to you from V and Co. What a great post to come over to! Thank you!

Michelle said...

V and Co. sent me. What a sweet story!

MIchelle said...

I came from V & Co. I really love your jewelry. The "Our Family" Necklace is so super cute! Love, love, love it!!!!!!

Myssie said...

A beautiful story and I like the eating a meal backwards idea! V and Co. sent me, your jewelry is beautiful!!

SoBella Creations said...

I love it when they can so "I Love You" so openly and freely.

Visiting via V and Co Blog.

Renee said...

what a sweet blog, and beautiful jewelry. i stopped by from v and co, hoping to win the family necklace!

russandkatie said...

saw your blog on V and Co.

love it! you are so talented!!!

SugarberrySensations said...

♥BEAUTIFUL♥ and one we all need to take to heart!

Lori

Rhonda said...

I have to be honest and tell you that the only reason I came to your blog was to get another chance in V and Co's great give away. That being said, I started reading and your blog touched my heart. I love today's post about being a blessing. That has been on my mind and in my prayers lately. I will be a follower now! :) (whether I win or not)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

So true, girl! It takes so little to bring a smile to another's heart.
I'd say you do that pretty easily though, with your blog love and kind words to so many of us!

Blessings,
LMM

Kim said...

I came from V & Co. What a wonderful post. Thank you for the reminder!

erin said...
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erin said...

just found your etsy store and blog from V and Co. and was so pleasantly surprised to read such a great post! it's nice to be reminded what a blessing our children are!

Rockstar Mommy said...

Popped over from V and Co.'s blog. What a wonderful post! Definitely made me stop and think about what I can do to brighten my family's days.

Graceful Moments said...

I love the new look and this lovely post!

Ruth said...

YOU are a sweet thing
and you just kick-started a whole wave of blessings!
good move girl.

and your daughter... she really is gorgeous. like her mama!

ilovestitches said...

I've been thinking a lot lately about how blessed I am and how short life really is. It's not about how much money you can make, or what you have...it's all about family and how you can cherish and bless them each and every day. We should all wake up in the morning thinking..."how can I make my family smile today?" and "what can I do for others today?". You never know...it could be gone in a blink of eye. You have a really lovely blog! All the best for the year to come!

Crystal Hendrix said...

I guess I could bless my family by being nicer....I am having issues of losing my temper!! AHHH

But I wanted to say that I LOVE your jewlery! I really like the peacock blue earrings! Now if you could do a puzzle piece that would BE AWESOME

Dawn W. said...

I came to your blog just to get another entry on V's blog, but am so glad I did. What a tender entry you made today, and thank you for inspiring me to be a better wife and mom. Love your jewelry too.

Jenny said...

i also have an 8 year old boy. those moments are fewer and further apart than i would like. thanks for sharing yours. also thanks for the wonderful giveaway over at v and co. i'm crossing my fingers. :)

Marie said...

I am a reader of V and Co. You have some great things in your Shop. I love all the necklaces...

Diane said...

Just stopping by from V and Co. Your jewelry is fabulous. I am jealous of your creativity and talent.

Kelly W. in TX said...

Like many others today, I found my way over here through V. and Co. (even though I've admired your work on etsy before this!). Thanks for reminding me that no matter how much my little ones stress me out in a day, they are still blessings to be cherished.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Hey Beki - came to visit from Vanessa blog and wanted to say how beautiful your jewelry is!

Rachel said...

Oh that's sweet.

The simple things mean so much!

Whimsical Creations said...

What a special moment!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Great new blog name and banner. Loving this post, too. May I please borrow the last paragraph to post on my Facebook wall? It's especially wonderful. :)

Christina said...

Lovely! What a treasure of a moment. I love the foot picture. I took one of my son's feet (he's almost seven) about a week ago, because they were cute tucked up behind him, and they are getting so big! Not baby feet anymore. :)

Michelle said...

I love those little whispered surprises - and I like the new header. Very classy.

Trasie Bressler said...

I love this post so very much! I love the little I love you's when you don't expect them at all. I love the little Your the best Mommy in the whole world, when I don't deserve it at all. I love the little blessing in life the very most.....Thanks for the reminder today.

Be Blessed,
Trasie

Bec said...

I came over from V & Co hoping to win a necklace but that post was so beautiful i dont even mind if I dont win! I am going to have to add you to my must read blogs now!

Sarah said...

i came over from V&Co. to let you know that I love your jewelry. You have quite a talent!

annemarie said...

Great post - am so glad V and Co sent me over here!!

Elisabeth said...

Love your jewelry, and I love this post too! I'm adding your blog to my favorites!

melcush said...

Sent by V and co also and have bookmarked your blog-beautiful post

Carol said...

I came from V & Co. I love your post and your jewelry is terrific! You're sooo creative!

rileys said...

V sent me! I did want to say I LOVE the family necklace being given away! I would love to wear proudly the names of my four little girls.

MaryKate said...

I came over here from V's blog and I love your jewelery. I'm loving the sayings and wearing them. Reminding you all day of the most important things.

laurel said...

Such sweetness in the middle of the night. Those are the moments that truly make a mom's heart sing! I'm so thankful to V. and Co. for linking to you!

Katy said...

Love looking at your darling, wonderful necklaces - - maybe that Just the Two of Us necklace would make a perfect anniversary present to myself in a few months!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

Beautiful post! Dropping by from V & Co.

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

I love your creations at your Etsy shop! So special and beautiful!

Jenn said...

I like the name "the rusted chain"

v sent me!

Beverly said...

What a sweet boy you have! This is the first time for me on your blog and you post just what I needed to hear. It's hard to slow down and smell the roses but you're right, our lives are full of blessings if we take the time to acknowledge them. Thanks! Oh, and I LOVE your jewelry!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

This post is wonderful (like you) and so is your jewelry--just entered the giveaway!

EB said...

What a great reminder. Thank you.

Sherry said...

What a sweet reminder to appreciate your loved ones. I found your blog through V and Company. Love your jewelry!

Amy Sutter said...

What a precious post... your heart is beautiful! I have finally added you to my blog! (it took me forever to add a list of fav blogs!) I am also have a give-away! take a peak!
hugs
AMy

Angela said...

V and Co sent me, but I have to say its nice to see your cutie.

Your jewlery is wonderful too...and this is coming from somone who doesn't wear much, its my kind of jewlery.

Rachel said...

I'm coming over from V and Co, but this post really brightened my day. I told my husband some extra nice things and it made him smile- thanks for the heartwarming words! I love your jewelry, too. :)

JR and Ashlee said...

I was sent over by V. and Co. and I have to tell you that was a beautiful post.

Jessica said...

I found your blog through V&Co. and am so glad I did! This post made my day..I have two little boys who I adore but sometimes I don't appreciate them for the perfect innocent little people that they are. I am going to "bless" my family today. Thanks!

QuiltChick said...

Beautiful story. Love your jewelry.
I linked from V&Co. Thanks for the give away!