happy girl

Lyd is loving her life this summer.  She absolutely loves her Monday afternoon Gymnastics class.  We’re planning to continue it this fall.  She also is enjoying her Wednesday afternoon outdoor FitKids class.  Two of her school friends also signed up for the class, so she gets a chance to see those girls at least once a week.  She’s also enjoying a later bedtime, more time for stories at night, new games that I’ve found in the closet, harder puzzles, and her sister.  They are not perfect playmates yet, but I can definitely see growth.  They enjoy each other’s company more and more as time goes on.

Lyd’s emotional growth has been wonderful to watch as well.  She’s learning to look for ways to be helpful without needing someone to tell her how to be helpful, and while there’s still plenty of room for her to grow, I can see that she is making progress.  She is also getting better at doing things she doesn’t want to do.  For example, she did great earlier this week at the dentist, much better than she did one year ago(Plus, she had no cavities!  And she allowed the dentist to give her a 30-second flouride treatment!  Yay!)  In another good example of growth, this afternoon I took her and her sister to Sears to get some long-overdue portraits taken.  In the past, getting her picture professionally taken has been like pulling teeth.  She would fuss and squirm and not do what she was asked.  She just hated getting her picture taken.  But today, while she still wasn’t keen on the idea, she did okay, and I ended up with a few cute pictures from which to choose.  Again, there’s still plenty of room for improvement, but I am definitely seeing growth.  I can tell she’s making an effort, and that means a lot to me.

Lyd continues to be Miss Enthusiastic about upcoming events, as well as life in general.  Tonight she was all excited because her best friend from school is spending the day with us tomorrow.  I’m sure they will have a grand time together.  I hope her little sister doesn’t end up feeling too left out.  She so desperately wants to be just like her big sister.  In her desire to be like her big sister, Curious J often picks up on her big sister’s enthusiasm.  J doesn’t know why she’s excited, but Lyd is, and that’s a good enough reason for her to be excited, too. 🙂  I love the fact that Lyd is rubbing off on her sister in this way, and I hope Lyd never completely loses that exuberance for life.

It’s hard to believe that Lyd is creeping up on six years old.  Six years!  I’ve been a mother to this blessed little girl for six years!  It’s been better than I ever could have imagined.  She’s getting so incredibly tall and lean and smart and caring — it’s truly amazing to watch a child grow up.  The responsibility of guiding her little soul and spirit has been on my mind a lot lately, as I see the shift from physical parenting to emotional parenting begin to happen.  I pray for her and her sister every night that they may remain strong in their Christian faith their whole life long, so that we are together forever in heaven.  I think the most difficult strain for a Christian parent to endure must be that of a child who has abandoned the Christian faith.  I pray that never happens to me and my husband, and I plan to guide and teach and train her as best as I can to prevent that from happening.  And I will pray.  Oh, yes, I will pray.

She is so incredibly dear to me, and her cheery voice and sunny smile has brightened up many a gloomy day for me.  She has a sweet nature, a happy personality, and a compassionate heart.  I continue to be absolutely in love with my little girl.

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And, somehow, she has not inherited my fear of reptiles.  Check out this picture from a few months ago of her holding one of her fellow student’s pet gopher snake.  She’s smiling!  What a girl.

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What you don’t see in this picture is me, watching this in horror from a safe distance of 20 feet away.  Yes, people, I do not get close to snakes that are loose.  And I certainly do not hold snakes in my hands, nor even touch them.  The one and only time I have ever touched a snake was in college, when I touched the very tail end of the six-foot long boa who lived in the biology lab.  And yet, my daughter is happily holding a snake, and after her short turn holding the snake was over, she got in line again to have another turn at holding the snake.  Unbelievable.

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