Small things with great love

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I’m so proud of my girls today.

We’ve just spent a few hours going through their toys and books. This is a job that happens about twice a year. Re-organizing, tossing, finding, matching etc.

Today we had two laundry baskets. One for junk and one for toys to give to other kids. I explained to my girls that there are some children who have very little and by giving some of their good toys away, it will make another child’s Christmas extra special. Miss 5 was totally on board. She wanted to give one of her baby dolls away which took me by surprise. She stayed focused on the task for a good hour before doing the typical kid thing and rediscovering her toys as I neatened them up. Miss 3 had some trouble with the concept of giving her toys away, which is ok. She’s only 3. She did decide to give away one of her treasured dinosaurs that she’s had for at least two years (she loves her dinosaurs). I explained that she didn’t have to give away her most favourite things but she wanted this in the give away box so we did it.

It feels so good to have the toys organized and I know it will only be for a short time before it all goes awry. The Mr. Potato head is with all his pieces along with the train set and wooden blocks. Upstairs in the girls room is where the dress ups and baby dolls (including those small pesky Polly Pockets clothes) are. I’m hoping to be able to keep all the small toys that baby’s like to put in their mouth upstairs and away from Miss 6 (almost) months.

This organizer is now just holding books. The green and pink baskets are all completely empty!

We ended up with an overflowing laundry basket full of toys and books to donate tomorrow and the girls are already excited about our trip to the Salvation Army. I feel like this is an important tradition to keep in preparation for Christmas. Our children will hopefully remember these days fondly. I don’t want it to be traumatic in any way, clearing out their belongings. I strive to teach them a lesson in being selfless and giving with grace. I know this is just a small little thing that we did today but Mother Theresa said “We can do not great things, only small things with great love. It is not how much you do but how much love you put into doing it.”

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