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After years of being a young, frazzled mom with young, busy children, I have loved moving into the teenage years and beyond with my children. Not that the days are any less frazzled or busy, but there is a different sort of depth to getting to know your children as individuals, and I have found it so enjoyable!
Recently I was able to take a long weekend to visit my married daughter in Idaho. Hannah has always had a light about her – she laughs and smiles easily, and her happiness is contagious. She has grown into such a lovely young woman, and spending this time with her just solidified in my mind what a special girl she is.
One evening during our visit, we were leaving a grocery store when she noticed two young women splitting up their groceries into backpacks and other bags to carry home. Hannah goes to school in a small college town, and she immediately realized that these girls must live in a nearby apartment or dorm, and were getting ready for a long walk in the dark. My daughter stopped me and whispered, “Mom, we HAVE to give them a ride home!” Without waiting for my consent, she walked right back to the girls and offered them a ride. They were so appreciative! We got their groceries loaded in the car, and I watched with wonder and pride during the drive as Hannah kindly asked them about themselves, their majors, and how things were going at school. She put these girls at ease, and I guarantee you they left our car feeling cared for. That’s just the effect Hannah has on people as she shares her light and compassion with them.
When I was given the chance by Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to create a video about my extraordinary child, I knew I wanted to celebrate Hannah.
Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade; Stanford Children’s Health is the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women.
They have created a wonderful site online where you can share your love, hope and pride for your extraordinary kid by creating a personalized video that captures what makes them one-of-a-kind. The process includes uploading photos of your child, along with a message you want to share. It’s simple and quick, and the results are very sweet! Here’s a link to the video I made about Hannah – it actually made me cry when I watched the finished product: http://ow.ly/yIshH
I am so excited to see what the future holds for Hannah as she continues to build and grow a life and family of her own. She is truly extraordinary to me, and I’m grateful for the chance to celebrate what makes her so special.
Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.