Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Party Animal

The other day I went to my favorite store, Goodwill. They had out all there costumes for Halloween so I picked up a bunch for Elie and Addie including a monkey, puppy, penguin, bee and monster. I threw in a few dresses for when friends come over. Eliana was thrilled, her sister was completely unimpressed.

Later that day it was time to go over to a friends house for a bbq. I told Elie to go upstairs and get ready to go. She came down wearing a monkey costume with a dress over the top and her pink cowboy boots. Not exactly what I had in mind.

This was a pride check. Every mother wants her children to be well received. My child looked...ridiculous. We left for the bbq, Eliana in the outfit she had chosen. I could have made her change, but I wouldn't have been doing it for any reason that benefited my child. It would have been to avoid being "that" mother, the one who lets her kid wear her shoes on the wrong feet and cowboy boots with her Easter dress.

Eliana and Addilyn are there own people. It is my job to help them learn the rules of the world without squelching what God has created them to be. Lord, help me to let my children blossom into the unique individuals you created them to be. Help me swallow my pride and respect the choice they make while leading them to love you above all else. And God, help me keep my sense of humor. Amen.


Honeycutt Family said...

I have seen stickers that say, "I dressed myself today!" Of course, most of the time you can totally tell when a kid has dressed themselves, which I think is soooo cute! Grace wanted to do her own hair the other day and it took all of my will-power not to help!!!! But, you are right--if it is about my pride, then I need to let it go and let her be her own person. Easier said than done for my Type A/OCD personality!!!! :)

McHam Family said...

I LOVE it when the kids dress themselves! Everyone always smiles because they know and it makes me feel good to make other people's day like that. One of T's classmates went to school the other day in a princess dress with only underwear on underneath. I'm talking SHEATH PRINCESS TUTU type thing so you could totally see what kind of character was on her underwear too. And tennis shoes. I am still smiling when I think about it!

McHam Family said...

PS - At Bible Study today the speaker said that our children are here for God's purpose and we are priveleged to be sitting so close on the sidelines. It's really given me a lot to think about - So your blog posting was very timely...! SEE YOU SOON FRIEND!!! xoxo