Oct 30, 2008

What Candy Corn Can't Teach Ya.

Last week the AG and I took Remi and Rocco, all dressed up in their Halloween duds, to a local nursing home. We went with some friends from our Sunday School class to collect candy. Which Remi did with great aplomb.

The girl can work a room. I'm not gonna lie.

I was reminded during that little outing of when I was growing up and my mom and I would go, every Wednesday morning at 10am, to the local nursing home there in my home town and sing. Mom would play the piano and I would sing every single southern gospel song that I could think of until they either quit yelling out requests or until my mom's hands cramped up and we had to stop. Either way - welcome relief!

And when you're 15 and being drug to the nursing home to sing, it's a daunting task, I will admit. Embarrassing at times. Redundant and boring at times.

But I'm in my 30's now and can see the value in it so much more. Believe it or not - giving really is better than receiving, you really should love your neighbor as yourself and God's love really does know no limits. Fancy that!

And it's important to me that Remi (and Rocco) learn the art of loving the unlovable, touching the untouchable and reaching the unreachable.
Whether they be 9,19 or 90.
White or black.
Rich or poor.

It's one of the many things I hope my kiddos leave home with. The knowledge that the world truly doesn't revolve around just them.

So tomorrow night, as she reaches her sticky little hand out to receive treat after treat - just for being CUTE, may she do so with a heart that will turn around and give it all back, if need be.

Probably not.

But it's what I'm shooting for. A mom can dream, right?

So here's to all my lovelies...may you have a happy and safe Halloween with your kiddos. May you not be jealous that my kid is cuter than your kid. And may you, like me, have enough faith to believe that if you throw out all the Reese's peanut butter cups, God is still faithful to provide.





* Please know that Stretch Marks will be taking Friday off. This is due to the fact that it takes 14 - patience stretching - hours to get this bee costume on this bizzy little bee. And there is a good chance one of us will die in the process. Therefore, we will be back on Monday to let you know how it went and which one of us is still alive. Thank you, and your prayers are coveted.

30 comments:

Shelley said...

Beautiful. See you on Monday.

Sissy said...

That outfit is adorable. So cute. And I will keep you in my prayers as you attempt not to anger the bee.

Tabi said...

you better watch out with that bee, she being the bee, I foresee her winning the war!!

Mrs de Miranda said...

Seriously the cutest costumes EVER! They are so precious! I find it amazing that tolerance and love that you want to teach your children! I can only hope to be able to do the same one day!

Amy said...

Those costumes are adorable! Isnt it much more fun with 2?! You can coordinate them! Oh, is that a Halloween tree in the background? And I totally agree with you about the giving stuff.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as a Halloween Tree??????

SW

Lynda said...

Bee-u-tiful! What a great post, as always. It's so nice that you are raising your children to be loving - they will be amazing adults!

Midwest Mommy said...

How fun and rewarding. I wonder if they have this at the local nursing home around here.
How fun for the nursing home patients to get to participate in. I am sure it brings them smiles and conversations for a great while.

Becky D said...

Tolerance and love for others is something many parents "forget" to teach their children, yours will be grateful for that ability, maybe not in 5, 10 or even fifteen years, but they will be grateful.

Katy Lin :) said...

beautiful, and the pics are adorable! hope you guys have a fantastic halloween!

Katy Lin :) said...

beautiful, and the pics are adorable! hope you guys have a fantastic halloween!

Rhonda said...

Happy Halloween m'dear! Enjoy! And, hey, send the peanut butter cups my way, okay?

Caution Flag said...

I'm holding the peanut butter cups for you. Don't worry much about them, 'cause they're safe within my loving care. As a matter of fact, don't think twice about them!

Rhea said...

What cute little bees you have! They're both adorable.

I love to give, I really do. It IS more fun and more satisfying than receiving.

Kelley said...

Well, now those are the cutest little bees I ever have seen.

And, yes, what a lesson to learn. It is a hard one to teach to kids these days but worth the effort in the end.

By the way, I linked to you in my most recent blog post. Of course, that probably means an extra 3 people might drop by. But hey...I do what I can.

Kelley said...

Well, now those are the cutest little bees I ever have seen.

And, yes, what a lesson to learn. It is a hard one to teach to kids these days but worth the effort in the end.

By the way, I linked to you in my most recent blog post. Of course, that probably means an extra 3 people might drop by. But hey...I do what I can.

Wep said...

OMG How precious!!!

Karol said...

You have such a gorgeous family! Have fun trick-or-treating! (completely understanding the impending doom of putting on the halloween costume! we have to create a superman-hopefully all will survive!)

Good luck and God bless!

Anita J. said...

They look so cute!

Paige said...

Could you please save me your left over candy corn and Butterfingers!

Smiles!

Tommy said...

Look at your cute little bees! Can't wait to hear about your Halloween adventures!

Ronnica said...

Those are two cute bees!

It's good that your thinking through the values that you want to instill in your children. They're never too young to serve and love others!

Robin said...

How cute they look!! I also wanted to tell you that I made that buffalo chicken dish tonight and it was a huge hit with my husband! Now, I'm thinking of other things to do with the buffalo wing sauce.

Nichole Jolene said...

i just read about the new addition. CONGRATS!!! there is no feeling to compare to the love i have for birthmothers. WOO HOO! love her up and give her a slurp for me because she is one great mama.

Paige said...

You have been Boo-ed! Go to my blog and follow the rules!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Love the bee costumes. Love the lesson you're teaching your kids!

Carrie said...

Oh, the bees are TOO cute! :) Adorable!

justjuli said...

Good Luck! Here's to hoping that she comes home with some really good candy that you can pilfer from her bag. :)

And the matching bumble bee costumes are too cute!!
Happy Halloween!

Blissful Nikki said...

"The knowledge that the world truly doesn't revolve around just them.
"...

I couldnt have said it better myself. You are one incredible mommy for sharing these lessons with your children because they will grow up to be wonderful people that others look up to! :)

Have an awesome and safe halloween with them! See ya monday!!

KimmyJ said...

Ok - that outfit could not be any cuter!!