Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letters to our Daughters - April 15, 2014

Dear E,

I know I haven't been the best mom these last few weeks.  And that you have been struggling with the upheaval of our house and the coming changes.  You never did like your "routine" messed with.  And trying to prep a house for a potential sale can certainly mess with your routine.

You really are handling it like a champ though.  You've been quite a bit less of a challenge than you could have been.  There are, however, a few things I'm noticing about you lately.

You are eccentric by nature.  You know what you like and you don't care what anyone else thinks about it.  You've taken to wearing halloween costumes anywhere and everywhere.  It was quite amusing to see the chuckles of the patrons at Chick-Fil-A as you sat eating your chicken nuggets in your lion costume.

You have this hideous (well, I think it's hideous anyway) Dora the Explorer dress that I can not get off of you.  You wore it for a week straight once and only managed to talk you out of it because it stunk so badly that it absolutely needed to be washed.

You have a very strong will.  I think this goes with knowing yourself and knowing exactly what you want.  It lead to quite a few battle of the wills lately as you've decided you don't need to take mommy or daddy's answer if it's contrary to what you think the answer should be.  We have found you several times hiding behind curtains, or in your tree house outside, munching on that snack we told you that you couldn't have.  Because it was too close to dinner.  You think time out is a joke and while you don't relish being in it, you don't seem to mind...

But you are compassionate, and seemed to be very concerned about Grandma Shirley's IV's when we went to visit her.  You really have a lot of love in your heart when you decide to show it.

And are helpful, again, when you want to be.  Sometimes your 'help' can be more of a hindrance than help...but we love the moments with you when you do chose to help.

Love you baby girl.

Be sure to check out Jennifer's letter to her daughter here and check back next month for another letter.

Monday, April 7, 2014

[Kids were here] - April 2014

Because life is sometimes best remembered by what's left behind.

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