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December 15, 2011

Gifts: Intangible and Virtual

My sweet friend Melissa at MaMe Musings is hosting a series of posts this month, highlighting the "gifts" of some of her readers.

I think it's a beautiful thing to acknowledge our talents and traits, the things that make us who we are, and I'm so thankful to be part of her series.

Still, as I was writing my piece for her blog, it felt weird...weird to be patting myself on the back...weird to be putting myself out there to talk about what I love about ME.

I think humility is part of most of our natures...and as a general rule, I think it's a pretty good thing.

I've been thinking a lot about it, though...probably over-thinking (as I might occasionally sorta-sometimes have a tendency to do)...particularly in the context of modeling for my girls.

Certainly I want them to be humble, but it would break my heart to see them be too self-deprecating. Yet another balance to add to the list, I guess.

And particularly in this season of giving, I want to encourage them to think about their intangible gifts as one way they can share with their friends and family.

I'm not sure I've adequately expressed what's been on my mind...but I hope as my sweet friend Julia at Pontifications of a Twin Mom does a great job of reminding us...let's all try to grant each other the gift of grace.

[Now head on over to Melissa's and accept my "virtual" gift to you of homemade peanut brittle!]


Just Another Mom of Twins said...

It's always been much easier for me to celebrate others "gufts" than my own but thanks to you and all my bloggy friends, I have been reminded that it's ok to say "Darn I'm awesome!" LOL!

Off to read that recipe.... :)

Julia said...

It is hard to pat ourselves on the back; not everyone is gifted in the kitchen area. You giving up precious relaxation time after playing and reading and crafting with your girlies, and running errands all day--that is intentional, and such a gift to those around you. Getting in the kitchen and treating those around you with your yummy goods is such an amazing way to love the people who touch your life, Mandy.

The act of doing that speaks volumes about what a wonderful woman you are, and what a beautiful example you're setting for your lovies, who are watching and learning from their mama. :)

championm2000 said...

Ditto what Julia said!

When I thought about the idea for the series, I never thought of the possibility of seeming boastful. For me, it came from this overwhelming feeling of gratitude I have for all the amazing people in my life, both online and "IRL," who bless me each day in their own unique ways. I think our society often gets caught up in the idea of Christmas being about material gifts, and we unintentionally ignore the gifts God has given us every day, gifts He wants us to use to bless others.

You have been given the gift of a warm, humble heart, and your girls are so lucky to have you as their mommy!

championm2000 said...

PS-Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! for sharing your gifts (and peanut brittle) with MaMe Musings today!