This dear girl is now 10 years old...how is that possible? I am so thankful for 10+ years of delight in being her mother. What a precious girl she is, quiet around many people, but full of chatter at home. A smart girl who loves to read, ride horses, do things with her sisters...she is growing up. There is maturity working its way into her life...I am a big advocate of early responsibility - it leads to early maturity. Being responsible and mature doesn't mean a child doesn't get to have fun - in fact just the opposite! It means that the fun is enjoyed all the more than if her life revolved around herself and only being entertained.
Yesterday was a perfect example; Since it was her birthday I invited some friends over for an adventure party. Perfect for girls! They rode our horses, cooked hot dogs and s'mores over a campfire, learned to shoot arrows with a homemade bow, and went on a nature hike. The also walked in the creek and played in the hammock...they didn't want to leave. Rachel's happiness and enjoyment of her friends being here was sweet because it is not an everyday occurrence.
Now that May is over and the multitude of birthdays are behind us, I can begin to focus on other celebrations!
We will be having a graduation celebration for Lindsay this month. I am not sure of all the details yet...they are coming to me...but it is going to be special.