What my daughter thinks of me

I visited Riley’s school today as she was doing a presentation on Brazil in her class. My younger brother spent 2 years there doing missionary work not too long ago and had sent some fun items for the kids to see. After the report, and while Riley was handing out Brazilian candy to the other children the teacher talked with me about some of my jewelry. She also asked if I had seen the little project Riley had just completed and was sent home with. It was a turkey that she had decorated beautifully. She also wrote about “the job for her” when she grows up. I must admit I didn’t look too closely at the turkey and I have learned a huge lesson today. I really need to pay much closer attention to the finer details in Riley’s work.

Riley not only decorated the tail of the turkey beautifully, but she had decked this turkey out to the nines! This turkey is wearing a wonderful necklace, earrings and in her hands are PLIERS!!! The turkey is making another necklace.

I did happen to find the little report they wrote sitting on the kitchen table this morning and read it just after she had gone to school. It is always amazing to me that my children love me as much as they do with all of my shortcomings, including a sometimes short temper. This little report of hers shows me exactly what my precious daughter really thinks of me. I know I have said this before and I cannot say it enough, I truly am the luckiest girl in the world! I have been blessed in so many areas of my life, but the best blessing I could ever have is the man I married and the wonderful children that have been born into my sweet family.

I LOVE YOU RILEY! I always have and I always will, even when we are upset with eachother.



The small report reads:
When I grow up I want to make jewelry like my mom.
She makes pretty necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.
I like the jewelry my mom makes.
It is so pretty.
I think that is the job for me!
If I think it is hard, it will get easier the more I do it.
You need to know how to bend, clank, fit-fit and bead to make jewelry.
I enjoy doing this and I want to make beautiful jewelry for people.

10 thoughts on “What my daughter thinks of me

  1. Laura

    AAAAH! Wiping the tears from my eyes. That is beautiful, isn’t it?

    I’m amazed my children love me so much sometimes, too. Don’t you wish you could feel that way about everyone in your life, too? I miss it. Grateful for little children that love us completely, flaws and all.

  2. Linda

    I, too, have been blessed with a wonderful husband and 2 children. Although my boys are grown, they still amaze me. In today’s world, it is not often that you see that kind of appreciation. I am so glad that you have that in your lives.

  3. Melissa

    I couldn’t agree with you more Meredith. I thinks she is a very special girl. I love that I can screw up over and over and she will still love me. At least for now. I will certainly enjoy it while I can.


  4. Melissa


    I cannot believe she is already 8, almost  9. How can the years have gone so quickly? Kate is already 2 1/2. It seems when you want time to go slowly is when it zooms past you. I am certainly doing my best to enjoy it while I have it.

  5. Melissa

    I am so glad I have this in my life. I know I don’t always show it, but I really do love my children with all my heart. I am glad you have also been blessed in this manner.


  6. Lois

    Wow, that is one turkey that deserves a Christmas reprieve. Such a clever little girl. She reminds me of my daughter who was creative and always had a different view of the world. I can only hope her school continues to encourage that creativity and imagination. Creative kids grow into creative incredible adults. Give her a hug for me and tell her I am looking forward to more “Riley Creations”…

  7. Melissa

    Yes, I think that we will certainly let this turkey off the hook this year and every year. Riley continues to blow me away. During my open house I had a visit from one of my metals instructors from the University of Akron. My sweet instructor, Sofia, sat down with Riley for nearly an hour and showed her how to knit, something Riley has been begging to learn for the last few weeks. Riley wrote her a thank you note and just this week Riley received a package from Sofia. In this package was a pair of knitting needles and some yarn. Riley was OVER the moon. She has been thinking for the past couple of days about how to get the first row started and just today she sat down with a little bit of yarn she found and two pencils and figured it out on her own. WOW!

    She made Kate a tiny “blanket” for a toy. hahaha, it measures about 2″ x 2″. I sure do love that kid!



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