Tuesday, April 10, 2012

They See Me

"Mama, I knit?"
"Sure, buddy. Come here."

We head over to my basket full of yarn and pick out a ball that is safe for little ones to pretend on. I hand him some knitting needles and he sits down in front of me, ready to create.

"Like this, mama?"
"Yes, buddy. That looks good!"
"I like the green sticks better. Green is my favorite color!"

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Once she gets a listen as to what is going on, she is quickly by our sides, asking to join in.

"Mama, I want to knit too!"
"Come sit and grab some needles then."
"I know how to do this better than Caleb does. See, you twist it around like this!"

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She sits, patiently, and concentrates on the yarn and the intertwining of the needles. I sit watching, amazed at her movements.

"Emma, how did you know how to knit?"
{I had yet to sit and actually show her how it was done.}
"I see you do it, mama."
"Emma do it better than me! Emma, teach me!"
"I can't teach you buddy, but mama can! Mama, will you teach him?"
"Sure, I can teach him. I would love to teach you both!"
"Mama, when I get big, I want to be a mama just like you!"
*be still my heart*

It amazed me how much she actually knew how to knit, just by watching me. If the simple act of sitting and knitting leaves an impression on them - a wanting to learn more about it - how much more of my life is leaving a positive reflection on their lives? Do they see Jesus in me? The most important aspect of my life that I want them to get; to learn? Am I speaking His name to them enough? Telling them of His goodness not only in our lives, but in the lives of so many?

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

I am the biggest influence in their lives right now at this young, tender age, and if I am not doing right, how can I expect them to? They pay attention to me, my actions, more than I realize, and I want those actions to be ones I am proud of them to mirror.  Kindness, love, patience, respect - these are character traits that I want making up my childrens personalities. But, are they part of my own? I need to check my own actions before teaching them and correcting them of their wrong actions. I want them to learn all they can from me - not from this world!

"Mama, you're the best mama in the whole world!"
"And you are the best daughter in the whole world!"
"I love you!"
"Oh honey, I love you too!"

They see me, all of me! And I want it to always be good!


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Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:9

3 comments:

  1. what a great reminder of all the ways we influence our children whether we know it or not. thanks for this!

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  2. What a lovely conversation to have with your little ones! It constantly amazes me that those little eyes and ears see and hear everything - even the bits that I think I'm hiding from them. How blessed you are, sweet friend!

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  3. This is such a beautiful reminder of how our children are watching much more than we realize. How exciting to see your daughter learn so easily from you.
    You are a great mom! Thank you for the encouragement to train our children well!
    Jessica

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

They See Me

"Mama, I knit?"
"Sure, buddy. Come here."

We head over to my basket full of yarn and pick out a ball that is safe for little ones to pretend on. I hand him some knitting needles and he sits down in front of me, ready to create.

"Like this, mama?"
"Yes, buddy. That looks good!"
"I like the green sticks better. Green is my favorite color!"

Photobucket

Photobucket

Once she gets a listen as to what is going on, she is quickly by our sides, asking to join in.

"Mama, I want to knit too!"
"Come sit and grab some needles then."
"I know how to do this better than Caleb does. See, you twist it around like this!"

Photobucket

Photobucket

She sits, patiently, and concentrates on the yarn and the intertwining of the needles. I sit watching, amazed at her movements.

"Emma, how did you know how to knit?"
{I had yet to sit and actually show her how it was done.}
"I see you do it, mama."
"Emma do it better than me! Emma, teach me!"
"I can't teach you buddy, but mama can! Mama, will you teach him?"
"Sure, I can teach him. I would love to teach you both!"
"Mama, when I get big, I want to be a mama just like you!"
*be still my heart*

It amazed me how much she actually knew how to knit, just by watching me. If the simple act of sitting and knitting leaves an impression on them - a wanting to learn more about it - how much more of my life is leaving a positive reflection on their lives? Do they see Jesus in me? The most important aspect of my life that I want them to get; to learn? Am I speaking His name to them enough? Telling them of His goodness not only in our lives, but in the lives of so many?

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

I am the biggest influence in their lives right now at this young, tender age, and if I am not doing right, how can I expect them to? They pay attention to me, my actions, more than I realize, and I want those actions to be ones I am proud of them to mirror.  Kindness, love, patience, respect - these are character traits that I want making up my childrens personalities. But, are they part of my own? I need to check my own actions before teaching them and correcting them of their wrong actions. I want them to learn all they can from me - not from this world!

"Mama, you're the best mama in the whole world!"
"And you are the best daughter in the whole world!"
"I love you!"
"Oh honey, I love you too!"

They see me, all of me! And I want it to always be good!


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Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:9

3 comments:

  1. what a great reminder of all the ways we influence our children whether we know it or not. thanks for this!

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a lovely conversation to have with your little ones! It constantly amazes me that those little eyes and ears see and hear everything - even the bits that I think I'm hiding from them. How blessed you are, sweet friend!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a beautiful reminder of how our children are watching much more than we realize. How exciting to see your daughter learn so easily from you.
    You are a great mom! Thank you for the encouragement to train our children well!
    Jessica

    ReplyDelete

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