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  1. I love this story and your heart! Thankyou so much for sharing. 🙂 As I’m processing things that happened while our most recent foster son was with us these past couple months, it’s easy for me to put condemnation on my heart for things that didn’t go perfectly. This post is a good reminder of what’s more important!

  2. “Turns out we can all learn from our mistakes”….. LOVE that line! Beautiful story and I LOVE Maple Syrup! 😉

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Oh, yes. Maple Syrup is the best thing yet. 🙂

  3. “He looked at me, opened his mouth then shut it tight when I wrinkled my forehead.”
    I think you gave him the “mommy” look. They know it well and respond accordingly. Glad you realized you shouldn’t judge yourself so harshly…that you felt bad about it, sought God for His grace through it and finally wrote about it says you are of the tender heart- a mother indeed.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Heh heh, yes! The “Mommy look” indeed! 🙂

  4. You handled that incident beautifully, Natasha! The little guy needed to know he did wrong and that there are consequences for disobedience (just as God does with us). You then extended him your love and grace. Too many mothers skip the law, so children never know they sin. Bravo!

  5. bethinthecity says:

    I think that you are a wonderful mother.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Ah, thanks. 🙂

  6. Miss Natasha – For what it’s worth, I didn’t think your reaction was too harsh – we’re always toughest on our own selves. And the fact that you noticed the sweet smell throughout the great maple syrup disaster, that there is a sign you were dripping with grace all along. 😉


    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Ah, thanks. 🙂 I think you’re right. It’s ever so easy to think of things we should have or should not have done. Grace is so beautiful!

  7. This was beautiful!
    And here comes my girl with a margarine bucket on her curly head

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Ha, ha! There are worse things to place upon the head, I reckon. 🙂

  8. Oh. My. I don’t think I would have laughed either! Your beautiful story touched this very sticky, syrupy girl.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      I should have added that while he never touched the maple syrup again, there was this one incident with the bucket of ashes from the wood stove… 🙂 And no, I didn’t laugh then either. But I have laughed since (even though my house is still a bit dusty from that escapade).

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