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"....and they called it.....Puppy Love"

OK, so this is totally dating myself.....now, I won't say that that I remember the original song "Puppy Love" by Paul Anka in 1960....but I certainly remember Donny Osmond's version from the early 70s quite well!

This is about my daughter's first experience with "puppy love" that goes beyond the typical adoring affection of a young one.

Now I am sure you know by now, I am a mushy mama. And when it comes to sentimental Christmas movies.....there is usually no doubt that there will be boogies and tears.

For example, I still sniffle away when the Little Drummer Boy plays for Jesus....and I always get choked up when Linus preaches his message on The Charlie Brown Christmas. It doesn't matter that I have probably seen this movie over 100 times in my lifetime.....I get that lump in my throat every time I watch it!

N is the apple that apparently hasn't fall from the tree. She has been watching all the Christmas classics since mid November. She is all about Christmas.....and all about animals. So when I saw this new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, A Dog Named Christmas being broadcast, I knew I had to record it.

I won't blow the movie for you in case you are going to watch it.....(I think it is going to be re-broadcasted soon) but it is a story about a developmentally challenged boy, Todd (who is played by Noel Fisher). He lives on a farm and adopts a dog temporarily for Christmas. He ends up encouraging others to do the same all while teaching his community about peace on earth and goodwill toward men--and animals.

Well N connected instantly with "Todd". I could see a twinkle in her eye when he first appeared on the screen. After about 15 minutes, she noticed that his speech was a little delayed, so she asked me why he talked a little differently. I told her that he was just special, that's all. Not thinking anything about it, she replied...."He sure is".....and then with the sweetest little grin, she added "He also is cute"

She had her eyes intently fixed on Todd, everything about him...scene by scene. She would curl up in a ball, wrapped in blankets and a smile wouldn't leave her face for the whole 2 hours! At the end of the movie....she told me that she had something to tell me. I thought I had an idea on what is was going to be. But she took me for a loop with this....

She told me "Mom, you know how you told me that God promises to bring the perfect someone in my life to marry? Well I think mine is Todd. No, I know it is Todd. He is perfect for me. I don't care that is he special....that makes it better! I am going to write a letter to him and let him know. Btw, can we watch that movie again?"

My heart swelled looking at her sweet eyes. So sincere. So innocent. So full of a pure love for someone else, based on looking in their heart.....rather than their outward appearance.

I gave her a big hug and we grabbed some paper for that letter.

I was torn on how to handle the reality of her distinguishing between actor and character. I didn't want to be the big mean mother who crashes her dreams, but I also didn't want her to be disappointed if/when she saw him playing some polar opposite role in an another up and coming movie.

So I decided to just ask her if she realized that this was a movie and compared it to the show, iCarly. She knows that actress, Miranda Cosgrove plays Carly. She said that she did understand and we then went to look up Noel Fisher online. We needed to find out if there was a fan club of some sort for her to send her letter. When the image search came up, there were photos of him looking quite different and that was a little upsetting to N. She couldn't understand why he would change his hair when she loved it the way it was. Again, I tried to gently explain that he might have needed to change it for a new movie...

.....because he was an actor.

I was getting a little concerned, until what came next out of her mouth. As she was frantically clicking through the images to find a shot of "Todd", she noticed that in most of his photos, he was wearing a cross....she said. "Oh, I totally know he is the one for me......look! He loves God too!"

It was then, that the fact if she really understood the whole actor/character was not important anymore. I needed to let her go with her heart with this. Why would I crush her spirit or her faith that God would find a way for her dream to happen?

I emailed Hallmark and shared N's story along with the request for an address to mail her letter to. Surprisingly, we got a reply within hours from a very nice woman, Ellen, who thought it was precious and gave us Noel's agent's contact information. She also said that Noel was a really sweet guy and would love to hear from her.

Here is her letter. We included some photos of her with her animals along with her marriage proposal.

Dear Todd,
My name is Nevy. I really loved your movie. We have alot in common. We both love animals, Christmas and God. We would make a good couple. I am 7 so I know will will have to wait to get married. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Love, N

She wanted to add that there was a house down the street for sale and that he could move there until she was old enough to marry him, but unfortunately she ran out of room on her paper.

My little girl taught me so much with this.....not only about the beauty of loving people for what is on the inside, but also to have that child-like faith that God will always provide as He promises.

God, I pray that I keep the faith even when my hopes and dreams seem a little far-fetched or unrealistic. Remind me that nothing is impossible with you, Lord.

I hope this finds you with the joy of the Season in your heart.

Peace and love~


Denise said...

Such a sweet post, God bless your dear daughter.

Shirley said...

How absolutely adorable is this! And what a great mom you are to go to that trouble for her!!!

And I did not know that anyone else cried when the drummer boy played!!!


Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

I love this story and I am going to make a point of seeing thi smovie too!

Thank you so much for sharing this :)

Andrea said...

This is precious.

I hope you are doing well, today. Thanks for your prayers and support. I am having a bit of a tough time, today.

Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

Deborah Ann said...

How cute is this? You know, I had the same reaction to Napleon Dynamite. Had I been, ahem, a little younger, I would have hunted him down.

Loving *special* people is a gift from God!

amanda said...

how sweet!! i totally remember doing the same thing. thanks for the giggle this morning!

Kristina P. said...

Your daughter is completely adorable!

Karen said...

That is just so sweet! You'll have to be sure and let us know if "Todd" replies!

Heart2Heart said...


It is this child like innocence that keeps the spirit of Christmas alive all year long.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

christy rose said...

Oh my Goodness, what a priceless story! I love it!

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing this. So precious. I got just a little bit choked up when reading it.

It's also cool cuz years from now, like when N is 17, you'll be able to share this with her.

Anonymous said...

Loved the post...it was really sweet. I remember "Puppy Love" with Donny Osmond (my childhood crush!)...I think I played it so much I wore out the spot on the album.My now 24 year old daughter thought my "Donny" crush was weird until she watched him in Joseph's Magical Dream Coat (musical)...she now thinks I might have had something there !! Tell Nev I have the salvation necklace she gave me hanging on the mirror of my truck and say a prayer for her every time I look at it.

Love, Sue

Beth E. said...

This is such a sweet and touching story. Thanks for sharing...

RCUBEs said...

It's amazing how as parents, we are to teach our children and a lot of times, we are the ones who ended up learning so much from them. No wonder Jesus loves their kind of faith...Thank you for sharing this beautiful faith-filled love.

Have a blessed Christmas. God bless.

Joshua said...

Well if Noel Fisher thinks he is going to get to my little girl, he had better bring some friends! You know how God has a plan? Well I do too, they are called "older brothers". My plan is all coming to be, 3 older brothers to protect and watch over her,(sorry guys!), a Rotweiller, and there is a reason why we bought a house on 4 acres with lots of land! I own a lot of shovels and live close to pig farm, pigs eate bone and all!
ps- am I slightly overprotective? ha-ha.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

that was so, so sweet!! She is a doll. If it doesn't work out, she can marry Elijah.

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, MIchele. This is the best thing I've read in a long time. The end totally brought tears to my eyes!!!! I can't wait till he reads her precious letter!!!!! And I lol'd at the buying the house down the street comment. She is too darling!!!!

Kim said...

How incredibly sweet!

Shark Bait said...

Perhaps you should send him a link to the blog post, just so he can be warned about Joshua's plan before he thinks about buying the house down the street.


Annie K said...

Michelle, if you can bottle that innocence of your daughter that would really be an awesome thing!

Faith Imagined said...

That was ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS!!! What a HUGE heart your daughter has!! God certainly has some plans for her!

Mich said...

How sweet! This post made my heart melt and planted a big smile on my face. What a darling daughter you have.

wife.mom.nurse said...

Such a sweet story. It speaks so much of the inner beauty of your little N.

Love it.



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