Seems, at times, that her little sister has taken over the blog these days…only because Sarah is new and Grace is old enough now that I don’t feel comfortable following her around with my camera. Grace is almost 13 now and continues to be a joy in our lives and family. For so many years–10 to be exact–she was our only girl. Needless to say, I have enjoyed each step of her life. She was a beautiful baby, a fun toddler, a bright and happy elementary student. I taught her myself for five years. She started public school this last year in 7th grade and she blossomed there. She has made friends and loves her classes, especially chorus. She is a gifted writer, always writing stories. As soon as school was out she began a book, and finished it a few weeks ago; which was a proud moment. She filled up a black and white composition book with it, and is now typing it. I read her work and am blown away by her natural story-telling abilities. I do think that someday she will be a published author.
She had her annual check up this week and when we were done at the Doctor’s, I took her to the mall to update her wardrobe. As a mom of a 12 year old girl, I struggle at times, with what to dress her in. For many years she wore only dresses. In fact, she will tell you that when she was younger she didn’t even know stores made pants for girls. I don’t regret those years of seeing her so adorable-cute in her Land’s End dresses, but for her age now it doesn’t seem right anymore to dress her like that all the time. She “hates” skirts now and only wears them to church. She’s at the age where she has the right to decide what to wear for herself. She’s sort of a tomboy, and I have to encourage her to look for things SHE likes, instead of wearing any ol’ thing. In these photos, she is wearing new jeans and a t-shirt that she picked out herself. My sandels. It’s so fun to see her grow into a lovely young woman, she has grown so much, in many ways, in these last 5 years.
She loves the Lord, loves church, loves people. This fall she is going on a missions trip with other like-minded Christians, and her Dad, to Jamaica. Please pray for her soul, as it draws nearer and nearer to Jesus. My desire is for her to live the life He has intended for her, using the gifts and passions that He put in her heart.
Yesterday, after I put Seth and Sarah down for their naps, I asked Grace to go downtown with me. What a treat, just minutes down the road is a place–a very neat little bustling TOWN– to hang out with my girlfriend and daughter, Grace Lillian. We parked and walked; to the ice cream place, to the thrift store, to the scrapbooking store, and the coffee shop.
There are many cool brick buildings.
At the thrift store.
Something neat happened. Grace has been wanting to learn to weave baskets for a while now, but we got stuck trying to figure out where to get her needed supplies. “Good things come to those who wait” We found a WHOLE basket FULL of stuff for her to learn, including a booklet of directions.
It was so great. I loved every minute. I plan on taking each one of the children downtown, just the two of us, throughout the rest of the summer.
I love you, Grace! Soooooooo much! Thank you for being YOU.