The Wonder of Growing Up

That's my girl ... on her first day of high school. She was equal parts excited and terrified as I dropped her off last Thursday. We managed, for the first time ever!, to be ready early on the first day of school ... and so we have actual first day of school pictures achieved without any screaming or crying or rushing. A gift, y'all. Then, because clearly the Lord has opened the floodgates of blessing for my girl, we arrived at the school right behind her two very best friends and all three ... [Read More]

A Prayer for the First Day of School

It's the first day of school, Lord. It's a big day for all of us. Students full of questions and doubts and excitement. Teachers full of ideas and plans and dreams. Mommas full of all the emotions. Protect our babies, Lord. Whether it's the first day of kindergarten or middle school, or college, those students are our children. And we want today to be full of good things. Let them make friends and reach out to those who are lonely.  Give them attentive minds and caring hearts. Use our babies, ... [Read More]

You Are Not a Failure

Okay, y'all, today I am registering my daughter for high school. {I know, you are probably sick of hearing about this — but, for real, high school?? How is that even possible.  We just brought her home from the hospital last week.} I'm experiencing all the emotions.  Last night she and I were in the car {the theme of our summer} and I was overwhelmed by how much I enjoy her and how much fun we have had this summer. Oh there have been some moments when we probably could have killed each other ... ... [Read More]

How I Love This Child!!

Being her mom is one of the greatest joys of my life! This girl is hilarious and kind, generous and talented. And while there are days when the clash of the hormones threatens to overwhelm my sanity, parenting a teenage girl is way more fun than I ever dreamed it would be. There are moments when I realize how very much like her mom she is ... and there are also moments when the only way I know she's mine is I was there when she was born!! Today I'm at Mothers of Daughters spilling all ... [Read More]

4 Great Books for Girl Moms

We leave for cheer camp today ... the girl is equal parts excited, exhausted, and edgy. I can't wait for lemonade at Toomer's this evening! {Did I mention the two moms I'm sharing a hotel room with this week are both Alabama fans ... and we'll be in Auburn?? And tomorrow I get to see Aubie?? If you've never seen the campus of Auburn University, it is gorgeous! And the "loveliest village on the plains" is also a beautiful place to be.} Anyway, this post isn't really about my affection for ... [Read More]

14 Things I Want My 14-Year-Old Daughter to Know {Part 2}

I suppose I've been in a bit of a reflective mood lately. Something about having a child old enough to start high school in August has made me that way. :) As I've considered what kind of person I pray my girl will become, what kind of person she already is, I realized there are still lessons I want to teach her. I was reminded my work as a mom is no where near done! So I started making a list of what I wanted her to know, 14 things I want my 14-year-old daughter to know.  I shared the ... [Read More]