I have made a personal choice not to reveal a lot about my two girls on my blog. While I will share an occasional anecdote, I do not plan to use lots of pictures of them or tell a host of stories about the things they do. I do not currently use their names, but may at some point come up with appropriate nicknames for them so I don’t constantly refer to them as my older and younger daughters.
Open communication is very important to me, and I never want my girls to hesitate to share something with me in the fear that I will write about it on my blog. While they don’t read here on a regular basis right now, I’m already looking ahead to a time when someone they know may read here and find something they could tease the girls about.
However, I do want you to know a little bit more about my daughters. I want you to know that they are just like your kids, or your nieces or nephews. While they have their challenging moments during each day, the joy and happiness they bring to our lives far outweigh the burdens.
We have been blessed in that both love to read, are excellent students and have already accepted Christ as their Saviour. As I’ve mentioned before, they are in many ways very different. At this point, my older daughter is what I believe to be a typical firstborn. She is organized, perfectionistic and conscientious. If she knows there is work to be done, she would rather jump in and get it done now. She’s interested in dates and facts, especially from history, and likes mysteries and animal stories. My younger daughter is a bit more of a free spirit, loves to use big words and is constantly pretending and acting things out. She is quite social, enjoys doing crafts and likes dressing up as different characters she reads about. How amazing that God created such vast differences from the same mom and dad!
Having said all that, I just finished reading a book which included a chapter on not labeling your children. I never want to limit what my girls may want to do by thinking that some interest or activity doesn’t fit with how I see them. As they grow, I am confident that they will only become more of what they are now in some areas, and change drastically in others. Lord willing, I will be there each step of the way to guide, comfort and challenge them through all life has to offer.
[Picture was taken by my cousin and is from a fun outing we had with them this past summer. There are two girls in their family, too.]