I had an idea I thought I'd share!!! As many of you know, I LOVE to write! I like doodling, typing, journaling, to do lists, calendars, counting my blessing, writing in margins of books, & just about anything that allows me to jot down & organize my thoughts. I gain insight that probably would never occur to me otherwise. It is an outlet & a huge blessing! So back to my idea...
I love writing + I love my kiddos, so why not mesh those two together? I desire to have a special relationship with my children that continues into their teenage years & extends into adulthood. I ran across a suggestion that sometimes it is difficult for a child to talk to you face to face about certain things & may feel more comfortable writing you a letter. Thus, the birth of a new idea~to journal back & forth with my kiddos as they get older!
My next trip to town included the purchase of a cute set of pens & a snazzy journal with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt about your dreams. I sat down in a quiet moment & wrote to my oldest Kaley (almost 12). I wrote what a sweet, beautiful girl she was growing into. I tried to share my heart & how I want her to be able to ask me anything that she desires my opinion on & share what's on her heart also. As a conversation starter, I pointed out the quote on the front cover. I asked her about her dreams & what makes her happy. I love to see when her smile shows so big & genuine that she has dimples! I explained that when she had written back to sneak it onto my bedside table, & I would soon return it in a surprising place! She was so excited! Our house is full of lots of loud family time, so I plan for this to be a new way to connect with just her. I want to encourage the quietness of thoughts & journaling in her life. I want to share this blessing with her. I know right now she may not have huge questions. She may not have profound, earthshattering thoughts either. I do want when those times come for her to know she can always come to me & us develop that kind of bond.
I am excited to see what the future will hold for my little ones! Right now they have so few responsibilities & worries. Their innocence & immaturity shows so strong. I love it! I relish these moments with each one! They are fascinated with so much that we often take for granted. I want to experience their view of the world. I want them to discover their own ideas & beliefs. I want to ask open ended questions & hear their hearts. Already we have written back & forth a few times. I surprised her with my response when she went to make her bed this morning. I just can't wait to read what she has to say next! Their lives are full of much opportunity, & I want to be a positive influence & an active role model for each one!