Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dear Mom....

Delivered to me this evening before bedtime.....

"you are nice, and kind, and sweet I like how you take care of us and I like your hair and your close I like you a lot. can you right to me thank you if you do. I hope you have a grat day tomorrow if you do tell me please. ox ox ox ox ox xo xo Love Elijah"

Left at his breakfast spot....

"Sweet Elijah, I enjoyed your note. Your words made me smile. I am thankful you are my son. It makes me happy to hear what you have to say. Have a super day at school. Make great choices! I love you Elijah. Hugs to you, Mama."

I am extremely excited about something new around here. Elijah has been known to deliver notes to me over the years. He always asks me to return the favor. Recently his requests brought to mind an idea I'd heard years ago, mother/daughter journals. A book where you can write back and forth to each other. The daughter can feel free to write questions, concerns, and feelings in a safe format and the mother can respond. Seeing as how there are a bunch of boysies in my house and no girls, I'd never thought of this for us. But, it was essentially what he was asking me to do. So, I took some rockin' pictures of the big boys and got journals made with their photos and names on the front and we started us some dialogue.

I'm looking forward to the coming weeks, months, and years. I pray this is an avenue God will use to continue and deepen the connection we have. I pray these journals will be something for them to reflect on. That being able to read loving words will be salve to them on days they've received consequences they don't like. That being able to write down their frustrations will be a constructive outlet when they're irritated at me, a brother, a teacher, or a friend. That at times when I can see they're struggling or excelling, I can write encouragement or praise and they'll have the chance to read it as many times as they want. That maybe one day they'll feel more comfortable writing questions they feel awkward asking and then I'll have the opportunity to be the one who answers instead of them going to misinformed friends or worse, google.

I'm thankful little Elijah wants to hear from his mom and I canNOT wait to hear from him!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea and thanks for sharing! It's so great to read your blog again!

Oh, btw, will someone please feed Bo, that child is withering away.


Lil Eskimo said...

kelly, thank you. it feels good to write again.

RIGHT? bo's little roundy face....who could resist?

i feel like so many of my interactions are redirections, so i am hopeful that this, mostly, for my guy in need of most redirection, will be another way to connect. because i have felt so many times that i am full of weakness in this journey, it is refreshing and comforting that that God is allowing me to speak to e using one of my strengths (written word) to meet his need.

Ang said...

What a terrific idea! I'm trying to think of how I could work out something like that at my house. Perhaps I could use a basket or "inbox" to keep the notebooks in a centralized spot. Thanks for the idea!

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my boys just keep them under their pillows, but a centralized location is a super idea.

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