Thursday, May 3

Mothering a Daughter

As May kicks off, I'm reflecting on my relationship with Zion.  She turns 2 on the 15th!  I can't believe how quickly it has gone by.  I'm sharing a bit about what I look forward to as the mother of a daughter, I originally posted this on Kristina's blog last month.
 
Also, I'm taking a trip back to early motherhood over at Like A Bird, while Kendra is enjoying her time getting to know and falling madly in love with her precious newborn baby boy, Jeff!  Be sure to stop over there and congratulate her!


It is such a privilege and a responsibility to raise a daughter. 
I have always wanted to be a mom, and I can't tell you how happy I am that I had a daughter first.  
She has opened my heart in ways I never imagined possible.  
There are so many things I want for her to experience and enjoy in her life.

As her imagination begins to flourish, 
I look forward to creating a dress-up box for her; 
filling it with play clothes and old high-heels.  
I look forward to watching her try on necklaces and jewelry, tiaras and heels.

I look forward to her begging me and the hubs for ballet lessons, or other dance lessons.  
And watching her twirl in a little tutu in front of us.  
She loves twirling already, and any form of dance makes her face light up.
via Kasey Albano
I look forward to passing on my love of baking.  
Spending countless hours trying new recipes, 
licking the spoons and delighting in our creations.

I look forward to hair cuts and dyes and all kinds of hair style experiments.  
She has such beautiful soft curls, 
and I am so excited to see her hair as it grows longer and she is able to do more with it.

I look forward to her being a little older so that we can travel as a family to Israel, 
and experience our faith in a fresh and inspirational way.  
We're planning our trip for next year!

I look forward to shopping trips, 
where we can chat about our love of shoes, 
try on new outfits and sip our fancy coffee drinks together.

I look forward to her first roller coaster ride 
and visits to amusement parks, theme parks and other fun resorts!  
We have family in Orlando, so Disney World seems like a great option in the near future!

I look forward to teaching her how to apply make-up, 
and doing her make-up for special occasions.

I look forward to learning all of her dreams and desires, 
her passions and purposes. 
 I look forward to watching her run confidently in their direction.

I look forward to all the major life events, 
achievements and milestones she will reach in her life.  
I look forward to throwing huge celebrations every step of the way 
and being her number one fan, always.

And most importantly, what I look forward to the most, 
is her recognizing what Jesus did for us all, 
and fully embracing the gift of salvation and grace that is offered to her.

All images except photograph of Courtney & Zion with permission via Stock.Xchng

13 comments:

  1. onehotthunnieMay 03, 2012

    Awwwww, so sweet!

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  2. Daneilia PMay 03, 2012

    You girls are absolutely sweet!  Being a Mom is the best thing ever... ;)  xoxo

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  3. what a beautiful post...your daughter is gorgeous!!

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  4. Thanks Daneilia, and I totally agree!! XO

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  5. Aww thank you so much Stephanie!

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  6. beautiful post! I LOVE my daughter. She's my best companion :)

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  7. Thanks Kendra! I'm finding my daughter to be the same! XO

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  8. SongbirdsandbuttonsMay 03, 2012

    Awe, this is such a beautiful post. The mother-daughter relationship is something that should be truly cherished. Zion is lucky to have you as a momma. xo

    kendall
    songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com

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  9. Thanks so much Kendall! Xo

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  10. Natalie SmithMay 03, 2012

    This is a very sweet post. You and your daughter are both beautiful!
    I just joined in on the May Day link fest, so this is my first visit to your blog! Thanks for hosting!

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  11. This is just so beautiful. Daughters truly are a gift for all of those reasons you listed and so much more. I feel double blessed to have two. They turn 12 and 14 this month and reading this blog made me get a lil misty because I remember so well when they were only 2. Everyone would say "it goes by so fast" and I thought yea but, when will they be potty trained, or when will they ... do this or that... and now here they are going to High School and Jr High next year. It goes by crazy fast. And I love how you brought this all home to the most important thing we can do with and for our daughters is to share our faith in Christ. Thanks for this. You made this old momma misty.

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  12. Thanks Natalie! Hope you enjoyed the fest! XO

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Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I don't always have time to respond to each one, but I do read them! XO