Her last Tween year, so much has happend in the last year and a half. New school, new friends, MAKE UP! Our beautiful, conservative, keeps to herself girl came bouncing through the kitchen last week, my husband stopped short and said “what is she wearing?”…”I’m not ready for YOGA pants”
We have Seven kids to raise, our oldest two are boys, so we are just getting in to this really wonderful… rapidly changing world of teen and tween girls. And, yes they are different!! We have been gifted with this enormous weight to raise 5 women who not only can go out and compete on an equal level with anyone, but make sure we continue to raise them to be both wise, and emapathetic to those around them. Its a much slippery balance with girls. So much stereo typing comes in to play. Here I am, essesstially a “Stay at home mom, small business owner, make ends meeter” doing my best to empower my “little” women to be engineers, architects, doctors, maybe a teacher. We are trying to teach them that they can be anything, but they don’t have to be everything all at once. And really “the grown ups” in this situation spend half our time still trying to figure out our own path. Its a fun and crazy adventure… this life.
What I know…
These next few years are going to sail by. Next year she’ll be a teen and all too soon afterwards we will be checking her into a dorm. So much will change in these next few growing years, so taking these few minutes on a windy, nasty day to capture who she is right now, is about as essential as breathing.
May we always give them wings to fly and roots to come back to!