And then she invited

At my kids’ school, when a fifth-grader has a birthday, they get to attend a pancake breakfast and invite a friend.

“Who do you want to invite?” I asked my daughter a couple weeks ago when it was her turn for the breakfast.

“I don’t know,” she said.

I suggested friend after friend, but each time, she shook her head.


“I think I want to invite my brother,” she decided.

It took me by surprise.

I smiled.

Here she had an opportunity to invite any friend she wanted and she chose her third grade brother.

“That’s really nice of you,” I told her, getting a lump in my throat.

“Yeah.” She nodded. “I think he’ll like it.”

And he did…


  1. Those are the moments when you get a glimpse that you're actually doing a good job with them. Good job Mom (Happy Mother's Day Genny!)Mary Hampton

  2. Oh my friend, that was so sweet! Don't you love it when your kids have those "moments"?Have a great day!Kim

  3. That put a lump in my throat, too! Hope they enjoyed their pancake breakfast together!

  4. Oh, that is so beautiful! I hope and pray my daughter loves and honors her little brother the same way if there's a similar event at their school.

  5. Well savor that one! That is so sweet. It makes all the crappy times seem bearable, :o)

  6. Wow. That is a beautiful story. I hope my girls can be that close someday. You're obviously doing something right as a parent, Genny!

  7. Thank you so much for following Holley Gerth's blog to find me, your kind words about Hannah's Hope, and for lending your vote too! Don't think we have bumped into each other yet in this great big bloggy world, so it is very nice to meet you. :)My 5th grader recently made a similar choice for his 1st grade sister, and yes, it warmed my heart. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Mommy moment!jenni, a.k.a. InfertilityMom

  8. Usually that two year gap at that age is a little too much for making nice…kudos to your daughter and to you for having and raising such wonderful babes.

  9. Kim

    That is so sweet!! My son is only a year old – but I look forward to moments like that when he is older. Kids really surprise you sometimes!Thanks for following my blog, btw!

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