Elisabeth at Old Sturbridge Village when my brother and his girlfriend paid us a visit…
Nine years. I can’t believe it. My Elisabeth Grace.
I was one of those young mothers. Reading voraciously all about the “right” way to raise a child. Stacks of books on Christian motherhood and “wise” parenting. Internet and magazine articles on infant health and development, organic baby food, toys that stimulate brain activity, baby-proofing. By the second trimester I was already conducting in-depth researching on homeschooling and basically had my little “bun-in-the-oven’s” life mapped out for him or her.
I thought I knew “What to Expect”. I thought I knew what this child would be like.
Elisabeth has proved to be a delightful (though at times challenging!) surprise. She doesn’t think or reason like I do. She doesn’t (always) like the same colors or clothes or movies or books that I like. She is “Other”.
And this is a good thing.
Her father understands her. They are most shockingly similar to one another, and when I push myself past my fog of selfishness, my desire to have a “mini-me” for a firstborn daughter, I can recognize the delight that this girl brings to her Daddy, as well as to so many others that she has formed close friendships with.
Elisabeth loves to write long letters to friends. She has pen pals all over the country, from California to Colorado, Indiana to Virginia. She loves to read cookbooks, taking stacks of “grown-up” culinary tomes up to her top bunk and pouring over them with an appetite…literally. This willowy bean-pole of a girl loves to cook…and eat! She can pack it away better than just about anyone in the family, going forkful to forkful with her Dad on family feast days. Wish I knew her secret!
She loves the domestic arts. Sewing, needlework, scrapbooking, gardening, taking care of babies. She is a lovely little homemaker in training and many days I catch a glimmer of the amazing woman she will become.
Today is her day. She has requested special meals and snacks, which will keep me in and out of the kitchen all day. Here is a picture of her birthday breakfast…Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagels, Fruit, Tea and Cupcakes (thank you Grammie for the princess cupcake kit!).