It’s been so great being involved in this blog circle this year! It’s getting me writing again. I miss the journaling I used to do when I blogged regularly. I’m excited to get all my letters to my kids printed in a book at the end of the year!
Click on the link below this post to visit the next blog in the circle. Should you complete the circle, you will end up back here. (I think we only have a few participating this month).
OK, this month I am writing to my girls…
My dearest girls,
You are both growing up so quickly. Brooklyn you are heading into middle school next week and Avery you will be a big 5th grader!
Last month you both went to your first stay-away camp at a ranch 6 hours away from home. Avery, you were super nervous and scared to be away from mom for a week, but you found comfort in knowing your sister would be there with you. Brooklyn, you were somewhat annoyed that you had to bunk with your sister, but you understood the responsibility of looking out for her.
You both had an amazing week and realized how grateful you were for each other. Especially when you felt a little home sick. It was comforting having family there. Brooklyn, you made the comment to me that you and Avery really stuck together and became closer as sisters that week.
I’m going to tell the story behind these photos for journaling purposes….
When we came to pick you up at the end of the week, you both performed in a rodeo. You showed us some skills that you learned with your horses. We were so proud of our city slicker girls. You not only overcame your fears about horses, but also bonded with your horse and put your heart and soul into learning all you could about how to ride and care for it.
Avery, as you recall, just as the announcer called your name to go out and do your poles, another horse bit your horse from behind. Your horse became angry and uncooperative. Your big moment was ruined and you hung your head and began to cry.
The entire crowd was watching. Moments later the crowd began to chant your name….“Av-er-y! Av-er-y!” “You can do it!” “Go Avery!”
Through your tears you mustered up the courage to try again. You turned your horse around and started from the beginning. Then you successfully weaved your horse in and out of the poles and raced her back to the start. Everyone cheered for you! We were so proud you didn’t give up and tried again!
When you were done and out of the rink I knew I had to find you to make sure your were okay. But your sister had got to you before I did.
These pictures show how I found you afterwards. Wrapped in the arms of your sister. I realized then that you two need each other and love each other more than you realize.
Every time I look at these photos I get choked up! I can see your genuine concern in your eyes Brooklyn. Thank you for being grown up and taking care of your sister. It’s experiences like these that she will remember…when her sister was there for her when she needed a shoulder to cry on.
I will forever be grateful for my sisters growing up. I remember special moments between my sisters and I as a child. Now that we are mommies raising girls, we recognize the impact of those moments and how they shaped our relationship today.
A few words of advice to you both as sisters and I will end…
Always be there for each other. Always encourage the best in one another.
Be an example and lift one another’s burdens. Don’t encourage behavior in each other that will make you feel ashamed later.
Be the one to stand up for what you believe. Especially your siblings and close friends will always admire you for that!
Don’t be afraid to compliment each other and make each other feel good about who you are and the unique qualities that you possess.
Be proud to be from your family. Be proud of the values and faith you have been taught. Consider them a blessing in your life always.
I’m grateful I had two beautiful girls who can grow up together. I hope you always consider each other a blessing in each other’s lives. I am so proud of you and love you both so much!
Love and kisses,
Next up in the blog circle is my talented friend Laurie Flickinger.