"getting it"

we use a chart system with punkin to get her to do her chores. for each thing that she does without us having to ask, she gets a star on the chart. at the end of the week, if she has 10 stars, we either take her somewhere fun or get her a small toy.

this morning, she was getting ready for summer camp and she said, "mommy, i want to do these things for you not to get stars, but just because i love you." i was overcome at first, but then i gave her a big hug and said, "that's what God wants us to do - to do things for other people just because it's the right thing to do and not just because we want something." i swear, i did not have a talk with her or anything. this was all her. i couldn't be prouder right now! it may be temporary, but at least now i have something to remind her about.

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