Sunday, October 30, 2011

Scripture, Snapshot, & a Growth Chart Moment

Jack cleaned out his toys and donated all these toys to other little boys who don't have toys.

Yesterday was a HUGE Growth Chart Moment for Jack. We cleaned out his big toy box. and donated toys to Goodwill.    While we picked through every last truck, train, and car, I asked if he wanted to give it away or keep it.  More times than not, he said “give it away!” I told him that there were other little boys who didn’t have any toys who might like to have the ones he didn’t want anymore.  Little did I know how generous my son is!

If I had to guess, I’d say that 3/4 of his toys were placed in the ‘give it away’ pile. 

One toy he chose to put in that pile made me tear up a little.  He has a toy Mack from the movie Cars who he plays with All.The.Time.  He has a Lightning McQueen that goes with it (Mack’s trailer opens up for Lightning to drive up into).  When he put Mack in the ‘give it away’ pile, I said, ‘But you play with this all the time!  What about lightning?  Where will you put him now?”  He looked up and said, “Oh yeah!” He then ran to get his Lightning McQueen race car and put it in the pile with Mack.  I guess they go together.   He made me cry a bit with that one.

For clarity, I kept saying “you know, you’ll never see these toys again.  Ever.”  He didn’t seem to care about that.  He kept saying that other boys needed toys to play with. 

I have a lot to learn, and I think he will be the one to teach me!


  1. WOW! What a precious son you have. He has such a kind and gentle spirit.

    Yes, our children can teach so many ways!

    Great pic and perfect scripture! :> )


  2. what a precious moment to capture in words and pictures! a generous heart is truly a treasure.

  3. That is so sweet. Thanks for sharing that. We have so much to learn from children. : )

  4. What a neat picture. I do this on a regular basis (where do all the toys COME from??), but it was really special when my son actually participated with the giving in mind. He has yet to give up his Mac and McQueen, though. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jack is such a sweetie! I have two boxes of Thomas the Train toys from my oldest and I can't bring myself to give them away, even though he hasn't played with them for years. It is so silly but I feel like holding on to them is somehow helping me hold on to his childhood. Ok, that sounds crazy! haha! This was a good lesson for me. Maybe it's time to let go and let another little boy enjoy them.


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