This blog has been a haven for me for years. I have poured my heart into this space and during the years here I have seen many things unfold. It was here where writing became my freedom and also my discipline. In this space I learned to put word to my calling, my passion, my perspective. It was in this sacred place that my voice developed into the next stage of growth. This space will continue. I will leave this bit of work here, even as I take a turn in my narrative. If you are interested in journeying with me to my new writing space, please do come along for the next chapter:
11 years little miss! You are such a joy and so full of life. My heart and soul are filled with gratitude because I get to parent you! I have been known to continually comment about how from the moment you came into this world, you have been a ray of sunshine. This is still true even in your pre-teen years. Yes, the tweener years have had some ups and downs, yet I watch you navigating them in such way as to not diminish the light you have been gifted with. I love who you are and who you are becoming!
Here are a few highlights from this past year…
You have fallen in love with playing the violin. I expect you to be begging this coming year to learn to play the piano and the flute. I love listening to you practice because it seems to be something you were meant to do!
You are still a swimmer and you love your pre-comp team! Still working on your gymnastics and you’ve accomplished a goal you set for yourself over a year ago. I have loved watching you grow in your determination especially as you’ve faced challenges.
You love your friends! You are a pre-teen girl…nuff said. You will hang out with anyone, and you choose your closer friends wisely.
You love playing board games, and some video games.
You still love science and you have grown to love reading. You shared a great book with me last year- Wonder. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite books with you this coming year. Yes, this is the year I will allow you to read a couple of series you have been begging to read.
I have no words of advice for you this year…just keep on keeping on. You are heading in the right direction my love. And remember this…I’ve got you. I am right here when you need me and I am learning to step back and let you have room to grow. Thanks for being my daughter!
Delicious food, crayons on the table, deep connections, Mariokart Wii, broken corning ware, Minecraft, too-toasty biscuits, momma freak out moments, funny Star Wars you tube videos, bickering kids, pumpkin cobbler, a walk around the neighborhood with a teething baby, sweet nursing, and so many new memories.
The blessings are found in the mash up of it all... not in the pining for perfection.
encounter- hope embraced soul peeking out from the paved path... ...life within my soul good intentions trapped the new growth for a time but could not deprive that which was rooted in truth the sprouts of faith broke free into the world