Christmas Memories #4

This memory has to be short and sweet as I pulled a muscle in my neck and am in tremendous amounts of pain...typing sitting and moving do NOT feel good right now! thankfully my mom dropped me off her hot water bottle some pain meds and miracle cream to help me feel better! thanks mommy.... I LOVE YOU!

Since I have been walking down Christmas Memory Lane I thought about one of the first gifts that I really remember getting as a child. I remember opening the gift and thinking WOW THEY REALLY GOT IT FOR ME! It was one of those dolls that actually came in a set of 2 if I remember correctly...and they grew...well if you pumped the arm it grew taller and then you could push down on her head and she would get smaller again :) I just remember that total thrilled feeling of getting what I had been wanting so very very badly.

I have another memory of that doll...taking it to church one night and looking at it and just willing it be a real baby with all my might... I was the girl always in the nursery, always wanting to hold babies...who gushed over my baby nephews and niece.... who wanted to babysit all the time. I wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember. I think this is largely due to the fact that I have the most amazing mother. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I was and am loved. I know this is precious and a total gift. I love being a mom and while there are days that I can't wait till they are all out of the house :) I treasure the gifts that they are to me.

My Emily who is almost 12 is the same way I was. She loved her dolls, took really good care of them! (I actually had to make sure that my dolls were always dressed and facing up and wrapped up in case they got cold or felt rejected so I made sure I hugged them all...even the ugly worn out ones!) She babysits as much as she can. She gushes over babies. She loves to be in the nursery at church and hold all the babies. She is a natural with them and I know all she wants to be when she grows up is a mom...well that and being famous and if that doesn't work out a teacher!

It is so incredible to see what my mom passed on to me evident in my children. That really is the gift that keeps on giving.

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