Last week Emalynn had a music concert and while she was getting ready she totally raided my closet. She wore my shirt, my scarf, my earrings and my boots. It was actually quite fun. I remember doing the same thing at her age…though with my wardrobe this girl has hit the jackpot…that is unless she keeps getting taller and her feet keep growing. I see so many similarities in our personalities.
After the concert we had an impromptu dinner out with my parents and I had a rare moment with them alone. I mentioned how sad it is that it was Em’s last elementary concert because next year she will be in middle school!? My dad said, But it’s not! He said that because we have so much to look forward to. It’s important to look back and see God’s faithfulness and be thankful for their young years, but letting go of them being little has been harder than I could have ever imagined. It all happened so fast. The days were long, but the years were short…especially as each child was added to the mix. I look back at pictures and want to weep at times. But then I see them now and we say multiple times a week that we want to hit the pause button. They are so fun! Each phase is “my favorite”.
Em came today with her pre-conference folder full of things to go over with me. When she walked in I was looking for something for my husband but that didn’t stop her from asking about 4 times in 2 minutes to go over it with her. She is quite persistent. Once we sat down at the dining room table it was very apparent she is a straight A student and a little bit persuasive. She wrote letters to Nathan and I throughout this trimester 3 times asking if she can stay up until 9 p.m. to read to improve her A.R. reading points…who can argue with that? Oh how I see myself in her.
It is so fun to see these kiddos growing up and how God made them each so different and how He has threaded in pieces of each of us as their parents. Today I am thankful to have a daughter and share with her and experience having 2 boys and see my husband share with them. This family is so much more than we could have dreamed.