I focus a lot on the negative things I’m passing on to my daughter: my volatile temper, easily frustrated nature, and sweet tooth. But I have to remember that there are good things I can pass on as well. I need to not only be strengthening them in my own life, but encouraging them in her. I love to cook and bake and have people over. I love my family and my friends. I love Jesus and His church. I love to read and write and explore story.
My daughter may find other things she loves to do. She already loves being outside more than I do. But there is nothing wrong with sharing my loves with her. And I need to enter in to her loves as well. I am going to have to take a deep breath and decorate all the things PINK for her fifth birthday because that is all she can talk about. Pink cake. Pink balloons. Pink gifts. She even saw pink gummy bears at the store this morning and asked for them for her birthday.
Not everything I am will pass into my daughter. I hope and pray, however, that the things that truly matter are the ones that stick. I pray she loves Jesus. I hope she loves the written word. I hope she loves to create – even when it’s messy. Not only because I think these things have value, but they will always be the things we connect on easily. And one thing I never want to pass up is time spent with my daughter doing something we love.
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