Caleb John, it’s your turn to receive a letter. You officially turned 8 1/2 a couple of weeks ago. I tell you all of the time that you need to stop growing… but you just don’t listen! Although you are too big for me to carry, I love that you will still snuggle with me. Life is always and adventure for you. So, even if we are just snuggling while watching TV, we usually end up playing cards or a board game as well. Lately, your favorite game to play Rummy.
Your current fascination is Skylanders. You’ve been researching videos on the best characters and finding secrets to how they work. Right now, you are in the midst of a hard lesson learned with your Skylanders. Remember when I surprised you with the starter set? Remember how we stated over and over again that you had to take care of the Wii discs and characters? I’m certain that you will not forget that you left the disc laying bare on the floor and the puppy destroyed the disc. As much as I want to bail you out, I know it is best for you to learn your lesson… for you to have to earn the money to replace the item that you didn’t take care of. Although difficult, these are the things that will develop your character.
Another big thing that happened this month is that you got glasses for reading. You are just as handsome with the glasses as without. Thanks for letting me snap a few pictures of the tight-lipped grinning you…
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this post. Make sure you continue along the blog circle by checking out Lauren Bauerschmidt’s post.
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I was invited to join a blog-circle group called “Letters to Our Children.” I decided to participate because it involves taking photos of my kids and telling them how much I love them… sounds good to me : ) Although I am not great with words, I will do my best to communicate, capture, and enjoy this project! Each month I plan to alternate between my kids, unless there is an event that occurs that should be written to both of them. As a part of the “blog-circle,” I will always include a link to another person in the circle. Please take a moment to check out the post by my friend Jes Gwozdz. Doesn’t she have the coolest last name? Ok, so, here goes…
Jayda, my precious jewel, you are on the cusp of your teens and changing exponentially these days. You’ve just about caught me in height. You would prefer hanging out with your friends. Texting is your new favorite thing to do. You are developing a teenage wit and attitude. There are times when we drive each other nuts. However, we still have sweet mother/daughter moments as well . You don’t think I’m cool, but I am (you really don’t have it THAT bad when it comes to parents, haha).
I’m SO proud of the young lady you are becoming. I see determination, resilience, forgiveness, and grace in you. You’ve proven it through school, sports, and accidents. There are a few instances that stand out in my mind when we could see your true character. These are moments that actually taught me about what it means to carry yourself well.
A couple of years ago, you didn’t make the U11 soccer team in Fondy. It didn’t make sense to us or even your coaches. We were all hurt and discouraged. Yet, you finished out the season with a great attitude and played your best for the team. The following season you played down a level. I know it was difficult for you but you became a leader on that team. You persevered because you love the game. We moved to Plymouth that summer and you tried out for the select team here. Although you were anxious about the try-outs, your determination landed you a spot on the U13 team (a level higher than your age).
When we moved just before 6th grade, you were the one I was most concerned about. How would you transition? I mean, Caleb can make friends with a stick on the playground, so I knew he’d be fine. But, you were older and the “new kid” in school. Who would be your friends? Would the move have a negative effect on you or your school work? I spent hours praying for you. It didn’t take long for you to find a couple of quality friends who accepted you just as you are… crazy in all : ) You have embraced the move and thrived!
The last instance has to do with your “accident” last summer. Not once did you throw a pity party. Not once were you angry or hold a grudge. You displayed more grace and forgiveness than most grown adults. I’m the type to beat myself up when mistakes happen. I will never forget how that experience and your response spoke to me. I am beyond proud of the girl you are becoming!
So, even though there are times I see more of this instead of your beautiful face…
And, even though there are times you are annoyed by me (especially when I’m taking your picture at a restaurant)
I hope that you always remember the times that bring about laughter… and never forget that I’m proud of you and I love you.