Tuesday, March 23, 2010

:: Freedom ::

There is freedom in forgiveness.Today did not start out well in my house. It started at 4am with the little man waking up and refusing to go back to sleep. As the very long morning progressed, I continued to grow short and irritable. I was not what one would classify as a 'good parent', nor would I have won any parenting awards this morning. I was not patient. I was not kind. And I was not very tolerant of the kids.

Once Jameson went down for a nap, Analise and I were outside playing. My heart was heavy and I was burdened. I looked at her and the following conversation took place:

Me: "Analise. I need to talk to you."
A: "Yeah mom?"
Me: "I need to ask for your forgiveness."
A: "For what mom?"
Me: "I was short with you today. I have not been kind, and I am sorry. Will you forgive me?"
A: "Of course mom! I forgive you. Will you forgive me?"
Me: "Thank you for forgiving me. What do I need to forgive you for?"
A: "For not listening well, not being obedient, and not being kind to you."
Me: "Yes Analise. I forgive you. Thank you for asking. I love you."
A: "I love you too mom." and she proceeds to come over and hug me and says, "We're best friends."
There is true freedom in forgiveness and I am so thankful for the reminder of that today. Thanks Lisi Loo!

9 comments:

Stef said...

So sweet. This made me cry - thinking of all the times I've had to confess my sin to the kids and their response melts my heart.

Mrs. Schwager said...

amen to that!

Stephanie Tang said...

Thanks for your awesome example Nini. I know I'm going to need to ask Natalie for forgiveness a lot.

Janelle said...

Nini - that is absolutely adorable and a true testament to who you are as a mom and the children you raise!

Mrs. X said...

precious Minkey!

sarah said...

I teared up on this! I hope you guys are best friends for years to come.

Stephanie said...

She is SOOOO lucky to have you as a mom. This little exchange says so much about you, about her, and about your relationship - and it's all good!

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

thecolorplaid said...

What a munchkin! She is so cute!!! I'm so glad you have a blog to share this stuff. AND I bet she will love reading all these stories when she is older.

LindaFaye said...

found you via The Adams Home. you and your little girl are precious! what a powerful and sweet moment. thanks for sharing!