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Several weeks ago I shared that our family was going thru some unexpected changes. Everyone was so supportive and kind….I have been meaning to update you guys a bit, without going into any real squishy details, so here we go.
This beautiful little girl is now a stunning young 16 (and a half) year old young woman. She is the barometer of our home, the keeper of all memories, the sensitive but giggly girl with the dimple in her chin. She’s also got a heart as big as the whole wide world….some of her favorite things to do are head down to the men’s mission or the battered women’s shelter or the Burmese refugee community center to just hang out with the kids and bring some sunshine. She’s just finished her 3rd missions trip this year with her dad. Yeah. I know. She totally rocks.
Over the summer, we’d noticed our girl struggling with depression….making some choices that weren’t the best, and as a family we decided to drop everything and invest in this precious life. She decided to come back home to finish her junior and senior year, began doing some interning and volunteer work at her church, and started some counseling (her dad and I go with her every other week).
In the midst of all this change, her dad started taking off afternoons from work when he could to take her on dates…..practicing driving, sharing coffee at the bookstore, just hanging out and talking about the important stuff of life. Her older sister helped her make inspiration boards (which I’ll show in a later post), and her two other older sibs have been taking her out as well. My daughter in law and I will be taking her out on a shopping spree, then doing a photo shoot in her new duds at the Botanical Gardens at the end of the month.
I’m also doing my part by doing what I do best….giving her bedroom a makeover :) I’ve been taking my cues from what she wants…..using fabric and colors and styling that appeals to her. I want her to have a place that encourages her, a place that feels like her personal space, a refuge from the teenage angst that nips at her heels.
She moved into the upstairs bedroom after her sister moved out. The walls stayed this deep turquoise, but everything else is new. I’ve been busy painting furniture and the brown trim in the room, sewing stuff, shopping, and froufifying. I’ll share the full reveal in the coming days….for now, as she’s recuperating from her lastest missions trip by staying at Gramma’s, I’m scurrying around trying to finish up some final touches before she gets home tomorrow.
We still have ups and downs, still struggle with emotions, expectations, and disappointments….but we’re slogging thru day by day, and things are so much better than they were. I’m so extremely proud of her….the hard choices she’s made regarding her friends, time on facebook and texting, taking responsibility for looking for a job, working hard at homeschool, etc.
I want to show you some pictures of my amazing girl working this past week…..my hubby’s company sponsors short term missions trips, and for this particular assignment, they were helping to renovate a home that will become a half-way house. They also sorted medical supplies heading to the Congo, Haiti, and other places in need, and worked on a community garden. She got lots of practice with power tools!
Getting ready to leave…..
Team members taking a break from sorting medical supplies….
Prying off old siding…..
With the girls again…(dad in the background using the drill)Look at that power tool! Don’t even know what dat is…. But my girl gets busy using it! More work getting rid of the old siding…. Working on putting in a new sidewalk along the side….
Prepping the garden which helps feed homeless folk.
Yep. I’m wicked proud of my girl. I hope she likes her room.