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What do you do when your child questions the darkness pouring out of the daily news? How do you incorporate a lesson with their talents?
Chloe (age 5) and I worked on this story together. We crafted it with the hope that we will remember to focus on the beautiful things rather than the bad news.

Francesca’s Beauty

Francesa was tired of ugly things. Like when her friend, Charlotte, was injured in a car accident. Or the scary things she heard on TV lately. These thoughts kept swimming around her mind and dived deep into her tummy until she felt awful.
“Francesca,” said her Mommy, “when the world seems awful and ugly, you need to 100_2687make something beautiful. Beautiful things outshine the ugly ones, and sometimes even make something extraordinary happen.”
Francesca walked around the house while trying her best to think of something beautiful. Something that made her happy. Something that was bigger than the ugly things.
A smile started to creep over Francesca’s face as she walked into the kitchen. She pulled out pans, bowls and spoons. Bottles and boxes and piles of fruit were piled so high she could barely see out the window.
Thoughts of something nice started to fill her mind. How do I make this beautiful enough to outshine the bad things?
Francesca knew she had to try.
She made batches and batches of muffins. Cranberries, blueberries, lemon zest, cinnamon and bananas! Chocolate muffins, corn bread muffins, mini muffins, HUGE muffins! The measuring made her smile, the stirring made her sing, and thoughts of many happy faces
brought sparkles to her eyes.
100_2689Francesca and her mom filled five big baskets and went to town. The first one went to her friend, Charlotte. The second went those at the fire station. And the third basket went to the homeless man that Francesca had seen digging through the school dumpster. She found him sitting on the steps of a church, praying for food.
The last two baskets went to the volunteers at the hospital.
When Francesca and her mom got home, they headed for the last pan of muffins cooling in the window only to find a gray dove sitting next to the pan.
“Oh no!” Francesca and her mom tried to shoo it away, but were stopped in their 100_2691tracks by the most extraordinary sight. Wrapped in a heavenly aroma, the dove flew away with a muffin in its mouth as its gray wings turned to gold.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Do you have a way of keeping a positive attitude? Tell us in the comments! =)