Friday, June 6, 2008
Sweet Moments with Mama
I had one of "those" special Mama-Daughter moments this morning. Graycen is finishing up her very first ballet class this week with a recital next Saturday.
Today was picture day and we got her all dressed up in her recital costume for her pictures. There was something about putting her in that ballet bun today that brought tears to my eyes. She looked so beautiful! Then, I sat her down across from me in a chair and put her make-up on. It was a great, GREAT moment in motherhood for me. I know it sounds simple, but she was so excited about getting to wear make-up and she was just so nervous about what it would look like. She was beaming. I know that I am the Mama and I am biased BIGTIME, but you see, I know her inside too and that it where her truest beauty lies. She is so kind and thoughtful. She loves deeply and she enjoys giving to other people.
At 7 yrs old, Graycen is TERRIFIED of the dentist, because of a really hard experience she had with one at the age of 3. It is a SERIOUS fear; we're talking nose-bleeds at times. Well, yesterday she and her brother had appts to get their teeth cleaned. She was so nervous and starting to get sick-feeling. Nathan was held up and so I was going to have to stay in the lobby with the other 4 children. She bargained with Cooper to get him to go first, so that Nathan could get there and I go back with her. He was more than fine with it...in the car. When we actually got IN the Dentist's office, he decided he didn't like that idea. He started crying and I was trying to explain to him that I could stand right in the lobby and see him clear as day (it is an open office). He was still not wanting to go back without me and Graycen just walked up, took him by the hand, looked at the ever-so-patient hygienist and asked,"Would it be alright if I go back with my brother?" Ugh! I just about melted right there on the floor. So did the hygienist! She said, "Of course you sweet girl!" and Graycen walked right back with Cooper, holding his hand the whole time. I was so very proud of her. In homeschooling circles, you will hear people talk about measuring growth by measuring the heart verses test scores. I think she aced that one!
The other amazing thing to me was how willing Cooper was to go back with her. They (her sibs) trust her so much. I think that it is further testimony to her heart. Sure, they fight like any sibs do, but anytime they are hurt, sad, or sick, she cares for them right along side me. Not because I ask her too, but because that is her heart. At times, when they have earned consequences, she has pleaded for mercy for them. She is just a sweet, sweet girl.
I am SOOOOO proud of her and of who she is growing up to be.
I love you Gracie-girl!
***top photo: Parents' Day at ballet class 2/2008
***bottom photo: Family trip to the pottery shop 3/2008
Posted by Angela at 9:42 AM