our giving, growing tree.

The Giving Tree has always been at the top of my list of favorite children’s books. When  I graduated high school the librarian gave me a copy with a handwritten note on the inside that actually made my 17 year old self believe that I might be capable of great, loving things. Or even better, goodness. Funny the power words have. Particularly when they’re used to lift someone up.

We have a tree in our yard that I’m coming to think of as our very own giving tree.

When we moved into this house four and a half year ago, she was just a sapling. And our B-Ro was not even that.

And my, how they’ve both grown. In fact, they seem to keep pace with each other quite nicely. Each year our  sweet tree stands just a wee bit taller, keeping pace with our boy who gets just a bit more daring in how high he’ll climb.

The tendency of this mind I was given is to think ahead. Next year. 5 years. 10. There will falls, scrapes, spills, and broken limbs (hopefully only hers, not his). Maybe one day I’ll even walk outside to see a pair of initials carved into her trunk.

Although I’ll tell you one thing right now,

If it doesn’t say “E.C. + E.C.”,

That tree is coming down.

It may be a giving tree, but it’s no match for a mama’s jealous love.

And while I may be capable of great, loving things, there’s a limit to my goodness.

heather mayberryJanuary 25, 2012 - 8:24 pm

that is one of my most favorite books. a treasure for sure. love that he’s missing a shoe! such a boy. i hope that one day he reads this and you walk out and find those exact initials. nothing beats a mama’ love.

AmyJJanuary 25, 2012 - 8:42 pm

You made me smile ear to ear AGAIN!

Jo-AnneJanuary 26, 2012 - 5:26 am

I love that book too! As a theological student I used it in my placement church one Sunday and had my very own giving tree for people to place prayer notes on. 11yrs later I have returned to that same placement church, not as a student, or as an assistant, but the senior priest. I’ve only been here 2 months and not one, but three people have commented that they always remembered that story. A timeless treasure for sure and just love the pics of your version.

Jessica WJanuary 26, 2012 - 6:34 am

How sweet!

Hannah SJanuary 26, 2012 - 7:46 am

Amen to that, sister!!!

MichelleJanuary 26, 2012 - 11:33 am

Beautiful pictures and such a cute little boy 🙂

Gayle ShraderJanuary 26, 2012 - 3:40 pm

As a mom of a little 3 year old boy this post really made me smile! Boys do have a special place in our hearts!!! Thanks for this post!! And E is just too cute!!!

JenniferJanuary 26, 2012 - 4:52 pm

He’s getting pretty brave there! I remember as a kid, my parents planted two trees in our backyard. My first question was “How long until they’re big enough to climb?” I was pretty grown up before they got big enough! 🙂

KelseaFebruary 1, 2012 - 9:18 pm

Best. Post. Ever.


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