"If I could line up all the little boys in the world, I would choose YOU every time."
"If I could line up all the little girls in the world, I would choose YOU every time."
Two months ago, I began saying this to Sam, Anna and Abi. I wanted to convey to them how much I love and appreciate them. I want them to know they are special and unique. I want them to know they are cherished and wanted. When I say the phrase, their little faces light up with joy, Abi included. It's so fun for my mom heart.
Anna now tells me, "If I could line up all the little mommies in the whole wide world, I would choose Sara every time."
Anna says it with her little lisp, I love it. "If I could wine up awl da wittle mommies in da hou wide woiled, I would choose Sawa evewy time."
When Anna says it, I smile and say, "Anna, I'm not little, I'm big."
To which Anna says, "if I could line up all the little big mommies in the whole wide world, I would choose Sara every time." :)
My husband, Caleb, is the person who inspired me to begin saying that phrase to our children. For those of you who don't know, my husband is a preacher, and a darn good one if you ask me. He spoke at our church on Father's Day. Have a listen here if you want: Father's Day 2016 He talks more about the phrase if you listen.
Anyway, he began saying the phrase to our kids and I thought it would add more if it came from dad AND mom. We are a team, we are raising our kids together. We are in it together.
The bottom line is, I love being a mom and I love my children, however sometimes saying "I love you" feels repetitive. Do they know what it means? Do they get it? How many times can you say "I LOVE YOU" before it sounds automatic? I love the image portrayed when I tell my kids "I would choose YOU every time". It wasn't my idea, it's not original to me, but it works. My kids love it, they know they are special.
Take a moment. Try it out. Remind your kids how much you love them and that you would choose them EVERY time.