SMiles #30daysofgratitude

One of the biggest lessons my husband and I have tried to share with all of our kids is to be mindful of their response towards others. Often easier said than done, even as an adult! We have no control of how others treat us, however what is in our control is our response to another’s actions. 

Recently this lesson has been the frequent topic of discussion with our youngest, Miles. Miles entered this school year without one of his best friends, Nathan. These two have been best buds for past 2 1/2 years since moving to NC. We were neighbors, they rode the same bus, even in the same school and classroom. 

Nathan and his family moved to a different neighborhood so this year Miles was on his own. For the first time, Miles is learning how to navigate without his best bud! It’s been a challenge working through some teasing and bullying at school.

What I have shared with Miles is how special his name is! At anytime throughout the day he can super change his name. All he has to do is pull out an “S”  from his pocket and it changes his name to SMiles. This smile reminds him he is loved and cherished no matter what others are saying. He always has access to the truth. The truth is he is loved and he can smile about it and therefore remind himself he can choose love. EVERY time we talk about it, we giggle and  smile, it’s like medicine. 

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine 

Today I’m grateful today for Miles. He has brought so much joy to our family and because of his great smile, I am reminded to smile today! We can take a moment, even in the tough spots and  smile.

What are you grateful for?


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