dear mr. elliot

Letter to my little mister written on August 11, 2011

Dear Elliot,

I love how God has given you the sweetest, tenderest heart. You have so much empathy and compassion. This morning was just an example of it.

"Mama, when are we going to go to Jared and Caleb's house?"

I stopped what I was doing and went over to you. I knelt down low and looked you right in the eyes. "Oh, Elliot," I said. "Do you remember that Jared and Caleb moved away? Far away? It will take a really long time in the car to get to their house now." Tears filled my eyes. I miss our dear friends. A lot.

"Oh, you said, your face falling. "Oh."

Then you came over to me, wrapped your little arms around my neck and hugged me tight. "You miss Jenny?" you asked me. I cried harder. Yes, I miss her, but oh, your sweet sensitive heart was what really made me cry.

"Yes, I do," I told you. "Do you miss Jared and Caleb?"

"Yes," you said. "I wish they didn't move away."

We sat there awhile longer, then you said, "I really liked their packing (moving) truck though!" I smiled. You might have a sensitive heart, but you are definitely also still a boy through and through!

I love you so much.

Love, Mama


  1. Andi! How can this make me really sad and really happy all at the same time? I miss all of you so, so much. :(

  2. Mr. Elliot you are a serious heart-melter and I adore you.

    He gets that tenderness of heart from you, you know.

    I love what a comfort he is to you. And how completely all boy he is.

  3. Such a sweet conversation! I love that boy :)

  4. oh sweetness..
    moving away sort of friends are hard. So hard.

  5. What a sweet mother-son conversation! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  6. This melts my heart too!.. what a love! :) Andi, your heart is one of the sweetest, most empathetic and sincerely lovely hearts ever--- I am smiling wide that God would bless your kids with you as their Mama to pass along that beautiful legacy! And BTW... that picture ROCKS! :) Such a great shot - the sun-kissed skin, sun-bleached-blonde-hair, the colors!, you can feel Summer & personality all through that photo of your handsome, darling little boy! :) I miss you. A lot. Love you, Andi.

  7. What a sweet loving moment. Thank you for sharing!