Emma – full of Grace ~ BSM

Emma G.

Dear Emma Grace -
I often tease that perhaps “Grace” may not have been the best choice of middle names for you, for it seems you might have inherited Mama’s complete lack of physical grace. I don’t want to say you are necessarily clumsy, but…take it from your bruise-covered Mama – I think you may need a back-up helmet, knee pads and a first aid kit always in arm’s reach, possibly for the rest of your life.

But in your six short years in this world, you have learned something that is far more important than being agile, or coordinated.

While we were at a Birthday party on Friday, I watched you selflessly give over half of your loot from the pinata to a girl that had walked away without a single piece of candy. She was holding her empty bag looking a little forlorn and you went up to her, put your arm around her shoulder, and asked “Here. Would you like some of my candy?” And then you proceeded to put half of your candy into her bag.

Tears welled up in my eyes and I found myself breathless as I watched your (completely unprompted) generosity unfold. And I simply could not have been prouder of you.

When you saw that I was watching you share, you gave me a little shrug and smile as if to say, “Eh, it’s only candy.” It gave me a small glimpse at the thoughtful and loving person you are becoming. I was also reminded that the word “grace” has more than just a physical meaning.

And I think your middle name suits you just perfectly, Peanut. You truly are full of Grace.



17 thoughts on “Emma – full of Grace ~ BSM

  1. I’ve got tears in my eyes….what a beautiful story – and what a beautiful way you shared it!

  2. I love it. Those are the moments that reassure you that you are doing an amazing job as a parent. What a great story.

  3. And if you think she got her “clumsiness” from her Mama (I doubt it but it is what you think) — then surely that beautiful sharing side of her came from the same place. I can only imagine being her Mom and watching that take place! What pure joy and sense of doing things right for a mom! I agree with Matt — that comes from being an amazing parent!

  4. awww, that is so sweet! what a compassionate little girl you are raising, care! I love the photo………..if only I could have a penny for those thoughts.

  5. Carrie, you made me cry. What an amazing little girl you have. The thing I love reading about most on blogs is these Mommy Moments, these moments that hit you deep in the heart. I love that you share these moments with all of us.

  6. Awww! Your letters to your girls always make me weepy. She is such a sweet girl, full of grace…and I know exactly where she gets it from!

  7. There you go again making me cry. You are going to have to start putting disclaimers on your posts. You have such a way with words. What a sweet girl you have.

  8. Wow. Simply beautiful post Carrie. Tears in my eyes and happiness in my heart for you & the awesome daughter you’ve raised!

  9. Beautiful, thoughtful picture Bean. And the “notes” that you write are great too.
    We were looking at old pics to take to Keith’s 40th! bday party, and I found one of your 7th. Your teacher was so impressed and thankful that you chose to include the pudgy little, rather slow girl from your class. She said that girl never got invited, but you did.
    Guess we know where Emma gets the caring, loving side from eh?
    You are sharing/teaching them the right things, good job.


  10. Good job, Carrie! How wonderful and caring Emma is. An example for us all.

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