Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pointing out greatness.

I didn't like myself all that much from about 5th grade through my senior year in college. I'm not totally sure why that is and there are really about a million reasons I can recall all at the same time. I do remember {and still have the paper somewhere} that in 9th grade I wrote myself a note about things I would do if I ever became a parent. One was that I would praise my kids simply for who they were. Not based on anything physical or tied to an academic achievement or a sports award- just praise for who they are from the inside. Praise due them because of what lies at the core of their heart and in turn what comes out to others around them.

Today I just want to brag "publicly" on my son, Brock. He is 12 years old and in middle school and happens to be the most amazing 'tween' I know. I feel so lucky to have him, not only as my son, but as my oldest kid and my biggest helper in our home. He could easily carry a chip on his shoulder from some of the life experiences he has lived through and endured. Instead, he so often rises to the occasion- without my asking- to just spread love and happiness and goodness to people {especially his family} around him. He is a pleaser and I don't think I tell him thank you enough for all he does to make life easier and better in and around our home.

He has a big heart and is sensitive, but funny at the same time. He puts up with an awful lot from his little brothers and sisters, and the demands of Wyndham seem to just make him more grateful for his own abilities. I'm quite certain I haven't taught him most of the things that make me love him so much. They simply are just a part of who he is. I don't think he is remotely aware of how "great" he is, and even less aware of how much he can impact others and the world around him as he continues to grow and learn and become more of who he is created to be. He is still very much a 'blank canvas'- full of potential to do so many things with his life. Today I just wanted to capture my thoughts about him and hope that he grows up not only loving others well, but himself well too. The world can never have too much greatness. I am humbled and glad to be the one God chose to help guide him into whatever it is he is called to be in this world.

To Brock,

You have a special knack of making people laugh when they feel like crying. You bring out the best smiles in everyone around you. You strive to be better than you were the day before, and you make me want to do the same. That's called inspiring- you are full of it and I'm so glad you share it so freely.

I hope the world gives you half of the dreams you hope for and that the other half surprise you and make your life more than you ever imagined it could be. I know God has had a special plan for your life since even before you were born. I'm thankful that He sent you to touch my heart and life and I'm the lucky one to watch you grow up each day.

Your wit and sense of humor and sarcasm brighten my life and I hope you know - even though I fail to point it out too often- that I think you're amazing.

I will always love and support whatever you choose to do and I know your future holds greatness too. Simply because you will be in it. You are destined for it and nothing can hold you back from whatever it is that God has in store for you.

I'm so grateful for you.

I'm so humbled by you.

I'm so glad you're mine.

I'm so filled with pride of who you are.

Now and always.

I love you, Brock.



Lauren said...

This is SO incredibly SWEET!!!!! What an awesome man he’s going to grow up to be!! :)

Cheryl said...

Sounds like one special son! Wow!

C.E.R. said...

Not only does Brock sound like a super young man, but you are a super mom for letting him know all of this!

Kristin Stegent said...

I love just seeing him on your blog. His face gives us all a glimpse of everything you just described. He just looks like he has a genuine contentness and joy in life. So sweet. Thanks for sharing!

Jen said...


Keshet said...

This is so sweet, Jody!

My name is Amee said...

Awww, what a lucky Mom you are!! :)
You are so right about our children needing to hear these words you wrote without "academics or sports" being tied.
I get caught up on photographing my children (who are now 18 & 21) & I see I need to write my own words telling them how awesome I think they are! Thank you for reminding me. :)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jody, this post left me in happy tears because you articulated exactly how my son Gregory is! He and Brock sound like two peas in a pod (although Greg is older, graduating from college this year) -- watch out world, these boys are comin' at ya!

Nuts in a Tree said...

Jody, I knew your blog was the place for me to visit today as I have such a heavy heart. Our 2nd child, our daughter Megan, would be 14 today (5/14). I miss her so very much. :*(

Your writing about Brock helped me to lift my heart and hold on to the fact that Megan is truly blessed by three terrific brothers...I know she'd want me to take the time when I need it to remember her and feel all these heart-wrenching emotions...and I also know she'd want me to feel so blessed by her brothers too.

Thanks Jody (and Megan)....I hear you!

Rhonda :)

BT Laurie said...

Thanks for counting your blessings today Jody-- helped me to remember mine too!

Bonnie said...

Jody you have the sweetest family ever. I admire you for your honest and pure love of Christ our Savior and God our Heavenly Father. Even with your struggles you find beauty in life and remind us all that no matter what our circumstances that we all have blessings to be thankful for everyday. Your children each represent God's unique plan for us and they reflect this in their beauty. Thank you for raising Brock to be a such a wonderful young man. The world needs caring, sensitive, genuine men who will in turn serve His purpose with love and care for others. God bless you and your husband and those sweet, precious children! XOXOXO

Barbara said...

love it!