It is hard not to be a Fixer Upper addict. In part, because everyone loves a good home renovation, but mostly because of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Their sweet family and hilarious interactions are always entertaining. But Joanna Gaines’s latest Facebook post has done more than make people smile. The post– a reflection on parenting– has struck chords with over 422,000 people!
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In the post, Joanna explains that there is a bush she planted outside of her daughter’s window, almost 5 years ago. The bush was meant to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, but Joanna forgot to share this with her daughters. Years later, when her daughters see a hummingbird, who comes to their window every morning, Joanna sees their excitement and writes a beautiful reflection of parenting.
Just like the butterfly bush, the seeds she has planted in her children, are now coming to fruition, even in ways that surprise her.
And everyone is embracing the message. Moms and dads are commenting, thanking Joanna for encouraging them in their parenting. And even people who aren’t parents are finding meaning in the post, seeing it as an illustration of the way we plant seeds in our own lives, making choices that will determine our future.
See Joanna’s full post here:
There’s an Adonis blue butterfly bush I planted by the girl’s window almost five years ago when we were renovating the farmhouse. I wanted butterflies by the girl’s windows that they could see and enjoy. I never told them about the bush and honestly I forgot about it over the years.
This morning I found my little Emmie sitting by her window looking excitedly at the bush and saying “Here she is! My little hummingbird comes every morning mom!”First, I didn’t know she looked out for her bird every morning. Second, I forgot all about the bush and never told her if she looked out the window she would see the prettiest butterflies and hummingbirds gathered around it.
It’s hard not to think this is a lot like parenting… You sow seeds early on and work hard to be intentional and then over time you move on to new lessons and challenges. Then one day you look up and the seeds you planted in your little children’s hearts are now in full bloom. Be encouraged today to keep pressing in and tending to their hearts. It will be worth it.
Even if you aren’t a parent, her words are a wonderful reminder to say “thank you” to all of the people who have planted seeds in you.
Share Joanna’s wise words with friends and family today.
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