When I look back over the last 12 years since my daughter was born, many proud moments come to mind. Today, I want to focus on one proud moment and it has to do with my daughter’s heart.
We moved to our current state over 5 years ago and my daughter was enrolled in a new elementary school. From 2nd grade to 5th grade, she attended after school care at this school. Children with special needs were students there and that made me so happy to know that we were in an inclusive school district.
Well, each day when I arrived to pick up my daughter, the after school care teacher and aides would always tell me how helpful she was that day and how she was so caring toward the children with special needs. This was every single day.
I knew she cared about others in similar fashion to other kids her age. However, she had a special connection to these students and they loved her as well. I am sure they felt her genuine spirit toward them. It is so often that certain children in schools are ignored by their fellow classmates, but some kids take notice and decide to behave differently. My daughter is one kid who decided to be different – to be a leader, not a follower (an affirmation I taught her).
Each morning before school, I would have her repeat after me,
“I am a leader, not a follower. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
I am proud to know that my daughter has a genuine heart for people, especially children with limited abilities. I am so proud that she chose not to turn away from them but loved on them and helped them as needed. I am so proud to be her mother.
I prayed for her life, intellect, college scholarships (ha!), and many other things while I was pregnant with her and up to this present time. However, God truly is amazing because He has done some things in her life that I did not even think to pray about like being accepting of people who are different than her. For that, I am truly thankful.
(Note: I wish I could post her photo but she has asked that I not at this time. Hopefully, one day she will be okay with that. Pre-teen!)
Tell me about a proud moment of your own in the comment section below.
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