Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Receiving Daffodils


Have you read this book? No? Neither have I. I really want to though. And that should count for something. I own and read the original "Love Languages" book and found it immensely helpful. The book talks about how people express and receive love. There are 5 categories: receiving gifts, physical touch, acts of service, quality time, and words of affirmation. Everyone has one or two that they naturally use to express love. You wouldn't believe the troubles that come up when a "gift receiver" marries an "acts of service" kind of guy. Here is a link: The Five Love Languages

I know for certain what my children's love languages are: Emma is a gift receiver/giver and Mandy needs lots and lots of physical touch. I want to see what the authors say about nurturing their individual needs, so I'll be reading the book soon. In the meantime, this is Emma's latest expression of love...


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Spring is here early and the Daffodils started blooming last weekend. Every day since, rain or shine, Emma sneaks outside with a pair of scissors to cut flowers for me. Before she leaves, she comes up to me and motions that she want to whisper in my ear. Instead of pointing her mouth to my ear, she presses her ear against mine and says softly, "I need to do something outside. It's something special for you." I love the way she tells her secrets and I'm not about to correct her little-girl silliness. I watch from the window as she sneaks around the yard looking for freshly blooming Daffodils. Often Emma will return and hide the flowers until she's had a chance to make me a card. Presentation is everything with this girl. She hides her gifts behind her back and gets my full attention. I must close my eyes and then she give me her gifts. I "ooh" and "ahh" and say "thank you so much" and she says, "It's your Mother's Day." And my heart melts.


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10 comments:

Grace said...

Absolutely precious!!! Lydia is exactly the same way! I love how each one is so unique.

Lesley Miller said...

Just teared up a little bit!

MelinaLawson said...

I love the ear-on-ear secret telling and the fresh flowers for mom. What a sweetheart!

Coleson's Blog said...

Precious. I love how you told this. My heart melted, too.

(p.s. I have a cousin EmmaLee :) )

Sherri said...

Tell her Grandma is coming and I need daffodils too!! I hope she never learns that mother's day only comes once a year!

Shawna said...

My eyes are wet! Thank you for this gift to us. I too have this book and haven't yet read it. I found the original very helpful. Equally interesting is a relationship between a Words of Affirmation husband and an Acts of Service wife.

Katie Rose said...

I own that book, and have yet to read it, you've inspired me!!

Sara said...

Oh my, that is so precious! I hope one of my kids has the love language of gift-giving because I want to receive lots of flowers someday too! =)

PS) I think your daffodils are blooming a lot sooner than ours - I haven't seen any completely open yet around here!

Cathy said...

That is so, so sweet!

Anonymous said...

I often get caught up in the work of motherhood and forget to focus on the heart melting moments. Thank you for the beautiful reminders. Jenni B