I never thought I would get old enough to have a teenage daughter or son LOL! When I was younger I thought wow, I am really going to be old when I have a kid my age. Well, today (3/16/13) I enjoyed watching my daughter being 12 for one more day. Turning 13 is only one more year but it is a step closer to not being little anymore. As my eyes fill with tears I now realize I have to let go a little bit more and even though it hurts I have to know that my God will be with her every step of the way. Excited for her future and yet knowing she will be challenged and may get hurt. The scripture that always comes back to me is Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This helps me to not fear and trust she will make the right decisions when she needs to.
On another note, I want to encourage all you parents out there to have your daughter’s and son’s photos done professionally. Cayris is pretty shy now a days until you really get to know her. Then, she is full of laughter and confidence! When I talked with Cayris about doing this photo session she really didn’t want to do it. She didn’t think she had anything to wear. What girl doesn’t think that LOL. We were to do two shoots. One at the location below and one downtown Hagerstown or another location. We haven’t been able to do that one yet. When it was the day of this shoot she picked out her outfit. I wasn’t liking her choice of shoes. I tried to convince her to wear something other than her converse. But, she insisted that is what she wanted to wear. She also wanted her jeans under the dress for a few shots. Hmmm, I was ok with that. It looked kind of cool. When, we went to the location of the shoot, she was confident and full of showing who Cayris really is! I want to encourage parents to allow your child to express themselves and let them wear something that they pick out at least for part of the shoot. I also think doing a professional photo session truly builds their confidence and can benefit them and also you as the parent, it helps you discover a little bit more of who they really are. Cayris came away from this shoot confident and excited to see the photos.
Ok, enough of the parenting 101. Who am I to say what to do except of going by the experiences that I go through with my own kids. Below is part of the photo session. Please, take a look at Cayris’ shoot. She is sweet and beautiful. I think I am allowed to say that about my own daughter right?