There are many things I love about my girls, but here are some things that have specifically struck me lately.
Jujubee – I love when she sings to herself as she plays. She makes up her own songs; sometimes I recognize the tune, sometimes I don’t. But she loves to sing and play, and I love hearing her sing. She knows that I like hearing her sing, too. Sometimes I will tell her how much I like hearing her sing, so then at other times when she’s singing, she’ll stop and say, “You like it when I sing, don’t you, Momma?” And I always say Yes. 🙂
Right now she’s outside riding her bike (with newly-inflated tires) around on our back cemented area, singing and pedaling away. She just stopped by the back patio door, grinned at me, opened the door and said, “Do you like to hear me sing?” I smiled and replied, “Yes, I do.”
I also love how much she loves to ride her bike. She will ride around the cemented back patio behind our house for half an hour at a time – or more! She and Lyd have taken to biking and scootering together in the backyard after supper. The air starts to cool off a bit around that time, so they can work off a bit of energy before going to bed. They make a lot of happy noise, and sometimes I wonder what the neighbors think, but *I* like to hear the noises of happy children. 🙂
Lyd – I love how she trusts me. She’s having some problems in school right now, and I am SO pleased that she trusts me enough to cry out her stories to me. At times like this, I feel like she and I will get through the hormonally-charged teenage years just fine. She and I are very different personality-wise, but we’re very close. Over the years, as I’ve gotten to know her better and watched her change and grow, I like to think that I’m nuturing her to become the person she is meant to be, rather than molding her completely into MY version of how she should be. She will never be a mini-me in her personality, and hopefully I’m parenting her in a way that will allow her own unique personality to grow and flourish. Of course, I am trying to teach her right and wrong as well as various life skills, but I’m trying to help in the way that’s best for her. I think I’m doing okay.
Thankfully, she loves and trusts me, which I am SO grateful for.
I love both of my girls. I really love being a Momma to girls. I still wonder what it will be like to have a son, and I wonder if it can possibly be as rewarding for me as it is to parent daughters. I truly would have been happy to have all daughters. But, I firmly believe that God sends the right baby at the right time. So, I’m sure that our new baby boy will be a good fit for our family, and we’ll all love that new boy very much.