Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful . . . For the Gift of Spring and More

The other day, Maddy was one of four first-graders presenting petitions at daily mass. She was a tad bit nervous, but they practiced at school and she practiced at home too, so she was ready and well-prepared. One of her big worries was that she might not be able to get close to the microphone. That worry was warranted! The Hub and I were sitting in a side aisle (where parents are relegated to sit -- the students all sit in the front and center pews). We could see her, but I doubt that anyone else could even see her behind the lectern even though she was standing on her tippy-toes. She was the last of the four to present her petition and hers was: "For the gift of spring after a long winter, we pray to the Lord." Isn't that just the sweetest!! She spoke loud enough and clearly enough to be heard. We were so proud of her!!

And I thought -- yes, I am thankful for spring and even more thankful for the wonderful gift I've been given . . . to be her mother. She's come a very long way and that was quite an achievement for our sometimes very quiet, whispery voiced little girl. Her teacher said that she did such a great job and I could just see Maddy beam with pride at those words. She really has the best teacher.


And here she is with two friends in our neighborhood who go to the same school. One's a 4th grader, one is a 2nd grader and then Maddy in 1st grade. It's so wonderful to see these girls, all different ages, play so nicely together.


23 comments:

Jodee Leader said...

Jan -- You must have been one proud mama! It sounds like Maddy did a great job!

It has been a long winter and we are enjoying every second of spring! Bring on the sun and fun!

paige said...

what a sweet moment for your mommy heart!
sounds like maddy is just a delightful happy child
xo

Kim said...

That is so sweet. Good job Maddy!

I hope you were able to enjoy the weather the last few days. It has been amazing!

Lea said...

what a lovely post. thank you, for sharing this and making my day.

lea
xo

Gail said...

Great job Maddy! I know your mommy is very proud of you. Maddy is a sweetheart.

Kerry said...

Way to go Maddy! I bet you were so very emotional, Jan. What a wonderful accomplishment for her. So amazing to see our girls bloom.

Hugs and Happy Spring. We are finally getting a few flowers around here.

Michelle said...

Oh, what a proud mama moment. Way to go, Maddy!!

And Janet, I'm sorry to hear your beautiful hydrangeas bit the dust. :(

Lucy said...

Finally getting caught up on your blog! You guys have been busy!
So sweet about Maddy doing her part, I would have been SO proud too! All these little milestones really are bigger than we think. :)
Adorable pic of her with her girlfriends. :)
Have a great week and thank you for always leaving me such sweet messages. :)
Lucy

Kim said...

What a proud moment that must of been! Like spring, Maddy is also blooming! What a sweetheart!

Marla said...

I agree, bring on spring. What a sweet little girl you have.

mommy24treasures said...

Maddy is blooming with all of the flowers of Spring.
lovely:)

Donna said...

Those are the moments you remember as a parent...I bet you were beaming!

Sue said...

What a sweet moment. I bet all 3 of you were proud. : )

It's the simple moments like these that I treasure.

Sue

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

That is so wonderful for Maddy, and you must be so proud of her! Have a great weekend too Janet!
Carrie

Casey said...

Way to go Maddy!! That's great.... public speaking is NOT easy.

A very sweet post!!

Missy said...

I am sooo proud of Miss Maddy!!! She has come a long way. The sky's the limit. She and her friends are adorable! Have a great weekend :)

Christy said...

Good for Maddy!! That is great and even with nerves she did a great job!! Good for her!!

I love the pic of the 3 girls and it is wonderful that she has playmates like that. What fun!!

Christy :)

Melissa said...

Oh, what a sweety! You have a lovely blog, so glad to know about you.

Kimi said...

How precious...you do have a lot to be thankful for my friend, Miss Maddy is one sweet little girl!

Kim

Bridget said...

So sweet! Maddy just seems like the sweetest little girl. I know you are so proud to be her mom. I remember how nervous I used to be when we had to read petitions at church- so I could relate to that part of it. So glad she did so well and what a great petition! Hope all's well and you guys are enjoyinh the beginning of spring!

-Bridget

Sandy Toes said...

How fun and special for your daughter! She is blessed to have such nice friends~
sandy toe

Erin said...

Good for Maddy! What sweet words she spoke. What a gift she is to you. Libby is very shy about speaking to or in front of strangers, so I know how nerve-wracking it is for mama when they have to do that. It is so fulfilling too, when they are able! Maddy is adorable!

Jennifer said...

How sweet. You must be so proud.

Jen