Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tying Heartstrings

Happy Valentines day!  I thought in the spirit of the day I would tell about a wonderful tying heartstrings moment earlier this week.  I decided to attack a very messy drawer in my dresser that was filled with jewelry passed to me after my Mother-in-Law passed away nearly three years ago.  It really had turned into a catch-all drawer and had everything under the sun in it.  My daughters saw what I was up to and wanted to help.  I resisted the urge to say no and instead set up some basic rules.  The girls had a blast trying on grown-up jewelry and hearing the stories of the family members who had worn it before them.  It turned out there was jewelry from my Grandmother in the jumble as well.  They had such glowing little faces and careful hands while looking at everything ~ it really was delightful.  While searching the drawer, we also found my youngest son's baby hospital bracelet from 5 years ago!!!  Told you it was a catch-all drawer.

We decided to put the bracelet away in its proper place.  Each child has a box of the clothes they came home in, first tooth, first haircut curl, favorite toy, etc.  The kids always get excited about going through their boxes, but in the past our daughter with attachment disorder has had a hard time looking at her things.  She has always been upset about something or other in the box.  Often it's that her diaper was so much larger than her siblings'.  (All of our other children came as newborns ~ two as preemies ~ except her).  This time was different.  She was delighted with her box and also looking at her siblings' boxes.  She thanked me several times for keeping her things.  She didn't seem to notice any differences and just had fun looking at everything.  It was wonderful and I felt like she was coming closer to being a part of the fold of our family.  Sometimes I get frustrated with how slowly this process moves, but in that moment of time, I could see the little girl she is meant to be.  Hopefully, someday she will be a happy, secure girl all/most of the time.

Then Tom Sawyer got into his box and tried to squeeze himself into his baby sweater.  Look at that tiny diaper. 

Blessings, Dawn


  1. PeterRabbitPreschoolFebruary 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    You are a very good writer & tell your story well! I enjoyed the pictures also that went along with what you shared. I'm glad that your daughter with attachment issues made some small steps in progress.


  2. LOL He grew a bit didn't he?



  3. I love reading about your little ones! What a great idea about the boxes. I saved all of those things but I like the idea of having a separate, special box for each child. Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, is the anniversary of the day that Jadyn came home to us, so that would be a good day to work on putting boxes together.

    I've said it before, but I just get so many good ideas from you! Thank you!!

    Oh, and in response to your question about not getting sick (I don't want to get too graphic here - lol!), I do deep breathing. So far, I've managed to breathe through the nausea. I guess it works because it's been a long time. My post was incorrect; the last time was actually 1984, not 1985. :)


  4. Awww...that was a sweet post. Happy V-Day!

  5. I'm glad to hear the good news about your daughter!

    My boys always want to wear their old stuff, too.

  6. I bet your Tom Sawyer has some sweet pic in that as a baby too.

    Thanks for sharing.


  7. That sounds like your day had many Precious Moments. That is great that your daughter was able to totally enjoy her special keepsake box! That is so great that you have them. I have saved many things but al together in a treasure trunk (actually 2). I should sort some things and make indiviaual boxes for them of their "things". This will be different than the scrapbooks and school projects and homemade cards. The outfit and toy, hospital bracelet,etc. - how wonderfully precious! Thanks for the great idea!

    Great job on getting organized,too! I have a few junk drawers (Oh- I mean catch-alls.) I plan to sort them in the summer months- when school is less demanding.

    Have a great weekend!


  8. What a precious time together!

    I'm so glad you're done with the rabies shots. I'd be total germ-phobic in any ER this time of year!

    Ahem, ok, my father-in-law went temporarily blind from the rabies shots. He has never re-gained all of his sight since then, but can see with strong glasses.

    Now aren't you grateful it is over?!

    I am so glad you came through it just fine. His was a rare reaction.



  9. Too cute!! My 3yo little guy loves his old baby clothes and is wearing a medium baby onsie, as I type this, that he found earlier. It looks like a girls swimsuit on him!! Giggle!! Glad to see progress with your daughter. It's the little things, isn't it? :-) Blessings!! Kris

  10. How sweet...

    I love keeping little things like that for my kiddos. I keep them in what I call their "special boxes".