Friday, October 15, 2010

Ten Lessons from a Five Year Old

My sister, Phala, is great at capturing and celebrating the moments in her children's lives. She is also great at sharing these moments caught on film with our family.
I love when I receive these photo gifts in my email inbox, and I especially loved the recent pictures she sent of Anna Madelyn.

Anna Madelyn is my adorable five year old niece.
She loves.....
strawberry Capri Sun
vegetables dipped in Ranch dressing
field trips to the pumpkin patch
anything pink
visiting and eating lunch with Nann and Papa
playing with her big brother, Jack
drawing and coloring
great clothes and "high shoes"
Mama and Daddy
and her Aunt Ree (that's me) And boy do I love her!

She is also very wise for her age.
Anna Madelyn has no idea, but today's lessons for life and teaching come from her. (in no particular order)

1. Celebrate growth.

2. Be yourself. Wear pink high heeled shoes when you want.

3. Hold on tight to those who support you, love you, and believe in you. Do the same for them.

4. Read every chance you get.

5. Feed others, but don't forget to feed yourself.

6. Enjoy time with your friends.

7. Help out.

8. Enjoy the beauty of the day.

9. Remember that your story matters.

10. Take flight toward your dreams. Be the person, the teacher, the friend, the leader you were born to be.


  1. Thanks Ann Marie for the wonderful reminder. We rush to grow up and then spend the next 70 years trying to grow down. Miss you!

  2. Wonderful post - thank you for reminding me what really matters. And thank your fabulous niece for the great visuals. :)

  3. Such beautiful photographs. And such important life lessons. Thanks for these very important reminders this morning.

  4. Thanks for the kind comments! Anna Madelyn is feeling "famous" now and is happy to share her wisdom and fashion sense at any time! :)

  5. What a beautiful post...I love sharing your book with teachers and am so glad to have found you through twitter this morning! A.

  6. Amy--Thank you for sharing my book! I'm honored. Can't wait to learn from you and your blog/tweets. :), AM