So we live next door to our great friends, right? And the kids go in and out of both houses all day long. And this evening we were all at our neighbors hanging out and Halee went back to our house to put her pj's on. She was over there for awhile so Joey went to check on her to make sure that she was ok. He asked her what she was doing and she said,
"I'm cleaning the house so that Mommy doesn't have to look at this mess anymore."
(Ok, how sweet is that??)
Five minutes later she comes skipping into our neighbors house and says,
"Hey Mom. Come here I have to show you something."
And when I went into our house it was totally cleaned up! She's four years old right? She had cleaned up all the toys in the living room, the playroom AND her bedroom... ANd she even made her own bed... which is AMAZING because we have been working on her doing that task for several weeks now and she usually gets frustrated and starts to cry. She gets frustrated with learning new things with her school work as well... So I have been reading the kids a poem about perseverance each time that I see them getting discouraged with a new thing that they are learning. The poem goes like this...
Tis a lesson you should heed,
Try, try again;
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again.
Then your courage should appear,
For, if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear;
Try, try again.
And when Halee took me into her room to show me that she had picked everything up and made her bed, she proclaimed in a proud voice,
"When I made my bed I didn't quit... I just try, try again!"
I picked her up and I swung her around and I told her how proud and grateful I was for her. I told her how blessed I was by her beautiful heart!
She's been smiling from ear to ear for the past half hour!
And so have I...