Thursday, April 15, 2010

gestures of love

Last night, when I arrived home from my trip to Los Angeles, the children were already in bed sound asleep. But when I went in to my room, a few hours later, I found that Elizabeth had drawn a picture for me, and placed it next to some fresh flowers that she had picked from our yard and put in a glass on my bedside table.


Borrowing from something her father does - for each one of us - every night, she had also put my pajamas on my pillow and made certain that the heater on the bed was turned to low so it would be nice and warm when I crawled in.


The smallest acts can make the biggest impact on someone's heart.


  1. Jen~

    I got my britches in a bunch over a comment left on your last post, but when I went to respond I saw THIS new post...I'd much rather take a minute to share in the sunshine of your life than go backwards and be in the spirit of that attitude:

    I love your blog, your family and your perspective. I'm glad I cyber met you all these years ago, and I to look forward to reading for as long as your write!


  2. Awww... What a little sweetie.

    Marla @

  3. Oh my goodness. What a love!

  4. That sounds wonderful. What a caring family you are raising. But, um, don't you live in Southern California? What's with the bed heater? We're in Minnesota, and even I managed to sleep last night without the electric blanket on (note that it was the first time since October, though).
    p.s. -- Thanks for the question on Michele's blog about the chickens. I wondered the same thing. Darn city kids!

  5. Pure's so nice to see random acts of kindness. Especially done toward you, but you know what I'm sayin'.

  6. Oh My Goodness!! What a sweetie!

  7. What wonderful, loving children you are raising. You and Charlie are the BEST role models of love and consideration for them.

  8. What a sweetheart she is and so thoughtful. That comes from good teachers so pat Charlie and you on the back.
    I hope all that smog from the Volcano is not coming toward your home. Lots of activity these days.
    Enjoy every day and have fun.

  9. Awww, that is just the sweetest thing - brought tears to my eyes. What a sweetheart she is :)

  10. That is so sweet. Doesn't that just make up for all the stress that you have at other times?

  11. That is so nice to read about.

    I love the idea of putting the PJs out on the pillows! That's sweet of Charlie to do something like that, and adorable that your daughter is doing it too.

  12. Awe, that is so incredibly sweet! When your children are making such loving gestures as this you know you are definitely doing something right :o)

  13. What a thoughtful girl!

  14. Very very sweet.

    I have to ask--heater on the bed? An electric blanket? Or a heater in your room?

  15. Don't forget, I have Reynaud's and my limbs turn WHITE when I get cold. So yes - even though we live in San Diego and even through the average temperature is 70 degrees a year and even through my husband puts out more heat than a radiator, I am what they call a PANSY and I do not like getting in to a cold bed at night. Chilly sheets touching my body instantly turns me in to a human popsicle.

    So, we have a mattress heater that we love. All the kids have them, so everyone - not just me - enjoys the luxury of climbing in to a perfectly warm bed each night.

    I'll tell you, it's one of my life's greatest pleasures!!!!

    Here's a link to my post about it:

  16. Awesome. Just think if you moved to'd only have to endure forty below for like six months. :) scratch that, with the Reynaud's...but you can still come visit in the summer when its "warm" out!

  17. All you need is love - and you've got it!

  18. Dear Jen: As I was lying in my hospital bed, pretty sad, my darling husband walked in with the precious picture and note you sent. My mood lifted immediately and I thank you...especially with your busy thought of someone else.
    I am lying here crying with joy at how precious your children are...the flowers, picture, pj's warm bed....dear Elizabeth Jeanne....your grandmother in Heaven just adores you...and your bothers and sister.