I have a tiny dreamer on my hands…

A petite five-year-old dreamer. With BIG plans. Huge plans. We talk. A lot. Especially on the way home each evening. There she sits, maybe 7 feet behind me, babbling away with her “good ideas”. And I love them. She’s one of those kiddos. The one whose brain gets ahead of her mouthWhose thoughts spin around faster than her little mind can process them. And with each word that escapes her lips, her excitement intensifies.

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Our little idealist lOvEs to help others. She and I have had countless conversations about other children in our world. About how some do not have homes. Or the latest sparkling-princess-toy. About how many children don’t have snacks and food, like the ever-delicious goodness of steamy mac-n-cheese, to eat whenever they so desire. Or may not even have a winter coat and gloves to keep them warm…especially as our weather this week hit bitter-cold temperatures, shattering records that have been held for over 30 years.

As we traveled home last Tuesday night, all three tiny tots bundled up in their car seats with new winter coats, gloves and hats, Miss O began chattering away, while looking at her school’s book fair order forms. She began rambling off about wanting this princess book and that Peppa Pig book, without ever stopping to take a breath.

So, I stopped her instead. I told her that she and Monkey would be able to pick out 1-2 books each. (Insert the whining and “Buuuuuut, that’s not fairrrrrr!”) And then I quickly reminded her of our weather. And how cold it was outside. I brought her back to some of the pictures she had seen on the news the other night about little babies, their mommies and brothers and sisters who were staying in shelters in our area. And about how there are hundreds of little boys and girls that night who didn’t even have a place to call “home”, let alone new books. And that we need to remember how lucky we are to be able to receive some of those extra toys and treats.

And suddenly, after a moment of silence, her wheels started spinning. Full speed ahead…

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I have a good (geeewd) idea! What if we take some of our old books and give them to the boys and girls without homes? Then, they could have something too.”

“That is good idea, babe!”

“Orrr, Mommy, we could take lots of books. They could keep them. Like, we could make them a library. You know, where they check out the books. Then they could share them all.”

Words cannot express how completely gracious my heart was feeling. I can only imagine the width of my smile. And before I knew it, I found myself rambling on in return. And together, separated by mere feet, unable to actually talk face-to-face, we conjured up a grand plan. Of creating a library, or perhaps a craft center, for a local homeless shelter. I have no idea how our scheme will play out. I have all the contact information needed and plan to get a hold of someone to inquire as to whether anything similar is already in place, or if any of this would ever even be a possibility.

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Bu the fact, that at five-years-old, still a toddler herself, our sweet girl could flip a switch from her feelings of being upset to so immediately even think enough about others in such a big way melts my heart. And for her precious, genuine mind, full of benevolence, ready to share with the world in super-huge ways, I am beyond grateful.

This post is part of ember grey’s Grateful Heart Mondays.

22 Comments

22 Comments on Tiny Dreamer…

  1. Kelly Mock
    November 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    What a sweet girl! That is a GREAT idea!

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Kelly! We will see what actually happens…we have some things in mind for the upcoming holidays, if this doesn’t work out, or we might look to other places to see if they need something like this. Thanks for swinging by this morning! 🙂

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  2. Melissa Camacho
    November 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    This just proves that you are raising her right! She is so incredibly sweet and thoughtful. I love how her mind just started racing and she went to the best idea possible. SO SWEET

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 25, 2014 at 12:01 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Melissa! I appreciate your sweet comments…we are trying our best 🙂 I am hoping that we can actually put the plan into place, somewhere…wherever it might work out. She is a total sweetie! She just gets ahead of herself a lot, but this time, it was perfect 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

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  3. Kelly Marie
    November 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm (3 years ago)

    This made me “awww” out loud. What a sweet little girl with big big dreams.

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 26, 2014 at 12:16 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Kelly! Now I just need to guide her in a good direction. Thank you for stopping by today!

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  4. sarita @ it's my girls' world
    November 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea! Keep us posted on how it turned out! And I agree with Melissa, it’s a testimony of great parenting. We need to instil the attitude of gratitude instead of expectation!

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 25, 2014 at 12:02 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Sarita! I will 🙂 I think I might make it a December goal. I plan on calling at the end of this week. I know they have a lot going on with Thanksgiving, a run to benefit the shelter and more. Thank you for your sweet comment 🙂 We try very hard, and we both learned from amazing parents, so I am more than happy to pass it along. Thank you for stopping by!! 🙂

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  5. Anne
    November 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm (3 years ago)

    You should be so proud of her big ideas and bigger heart! The library I work at discards books all the time. Check with our local library to se if they would donate some to her new “library”!

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 25, 2014 at 12:04 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Anne! Looking at her is like looking in the mirror. I love her and her love of wanting to help others. I will definitely do that! I was wondering about that. We had a huge reading night at school one year, and I worked to look for some of those resources, but it would be awesome if we could really pull this off and put her plan into place. Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

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  6. Rachel
    November 25, 2014 at 4:16 am (3 years ago)

    This is such a sweet story <3

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 25, 2014 at 5:18 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Rachel!! I hope we can figure out somewhere/some place to take it all…even if not that particular shelter, somewhere. I think she would be so excited. My parents had us doing a lot with a homeless shelter/those in need as we were young, and it really stuck with my sisters and I, leading each of us into a service industry…teaching, veterinarian, and social worker. I am hoping to instill those same values within our own girls. Thank you SO much for stopping by and for your extra support, as always!! <3

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  7. Rebecca
    November 25, 2014 at 4:29 am (3 years ago)

    What a sweet, sweet girl you have there. Out of the mouths of babes!! I love how pure their hearts are and how generosity has such a different meaning to little ones. May she hold onto that for a long, long time! I hope that you can find a way to make something like that work…she would learn so much from making it happen and seeing an altruistic idea through to fruition!

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 25, 2014 at 5:19 am (3 years ago)

      I hope she holds on as well. I hope that she continues in a strong way, because she is still so very young. I hope to keep instilling those strong values into our girls and see where it takes each one of them. The more I can talk to them, the more they will take off and fly. Thank you so much for stopping by tonight, Rebecca!! Prayers that we can find a good place to take her idea!! <3

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  8. Lisa Brown
    November 25, 2014 at 4:31 am (3 years ago)

    I love your story and thanks so much sharing. My heart is spinning a bit right now with tons of emotion. My son has a heart of gold and I want to listen to his ideas like you have listened to your daughters. Not only did you listen, but you encouraged. You remind me that I can do the same. Please share what you and your daughter end up doing. I look forward to that story post.

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 25, 2014 at 5:23 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so very much, Lisa. Your words brought some tears to my eyes. I don’t always listen. I am definitely not perfect. But, I do try, as do most mothers. So, I realize more and more, when I do step back and listen, during teaching included, and let their ideas flow, amazing things happen. I have been wanting to write a post for some time about not underestimating the power/ideas/thoughts of children. They are so pure and delightful in so many things that they do. It is amazing so witness their thought processes. Thank you so much for stopping by tonight, and blessings to you and your family for a beautiful week ahead!

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  9. Abby
    November 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I love her sweet heart!

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 26, 2014 at 12:16 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Abby! Me too…hoping we can let her explore it more <3

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  10. Chelsea @ The Contented Wife
    November 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm (3 years ago)

    You’ve got a little sweety there! I can only imagine the feeling of pride and thankfulness you had while listening to her little idea. So cute.

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      November 27, 2014 at 12:37 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Chelsea!! She is a little sweetie, and I am hoping, as her proud mama to help her figure out this dream of hers. Hopefully we can get things rolling soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read today! Blessings to you for a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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  11. Emily
    November 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

    MELT. Oh my – what a sweetheart! You are a good mom, Liz 🙂

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    • easpenner@gmail.com
      December 1, 2014 at 1:03 am (3 years ago)

      Awwww, thanks so much, Emily 🙂 She and I worked together today to come up with a game plan and contacted the center, so now we will just wait and see <3 I had amazing parents who would have done the exact same thing, and I am so happy to see that spark in her as well. Thank you so much for swinging back by!

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