My 2nd daughter was baptized last weekend. I will post more photos later of the brunch and more. I only teared up the first 1/2 of the program, but as I wrapped the towel around her as she came out of the water & it was just me & her, tears dripped down my face as I embraced her in my arms. For the next 10 mins., I helped get her ready, changing her into her beautiful white dress, blow drying & curling her hair. It was quiet, peaceful & joyous, yet a part of my heart was in turmoil. I don’t know what it is about watching my kids turn 8 years old but it is such a big milestone to me. Perhaps it’s because I feel 8 is when they’re no longer a child & their innocence starts to rub away. They start caring about what other people think about them, what’s considered cool, & they no longer only depend on their parents’ approval or acceptance but start to seek it in others. And I want to protect & shield her from all the bad & the negativity. What if the world tells her she’s not good enough? What if it tells her to change because she’s too different or too similar? Too loud or too quiet? Too bossy or too submissive?
As fear & worry was starting to settle in my heart, I felt a calm wash over me. “Do not worry about what the world will think of her. Only trust how you think of her & what God thinks of her. If she looks up for approval & acceptance instead of around her, she will thrive.”
So my child, I pray, oh how I pray that you will do just that. If you look up to God in everything that you do, the world will see just how inquisitive, smart, creative, caring, highly-sensitive, adorable, so so sweet, delicate yet strong you really are. But even if they don’t, I know you are. And God knows you are. And you know that you are. And that’s all that matters. So go out into the world and thrive, my beautiful child. And I will always let you shine in your own way in your own time & not get in your way, but instead be right by your side cheering you on. You will always have my whole heart & acceptance. I love you always and always, no matter what, no matter when.
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