Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The One Who Launched My Career
Twelve years ago, my life changed forever when my most heart's most sacred and profound desire was realized: I became a mother.
I cannot forget how I felt when I held my baby Maia in the hospital, knowing that my dream was coming to fruition and that this tiny baby had made me a mother.
She's not so tiny now. She's 5'2", actually, and growing like a weed. She's not a baby or a little girl, but a young woman!
There are many things this proud mama loves about her girl, but I will share just a sampling today.
Maia is her own person. While she enjoys having friends and sharing their interests, she is perfectly content to fly solo. As a preteen! Where does she get this confidence?
She has her own sense of style and creates her own fashion looks. Sometimes I don't know how she comes up with some of her ideas!
She is very creative and artistic, a gifted writer and artist.
Maia is a champion of the underdog.
She is great with babies and little ones (I think because they like her laid-back nature). She recently started being a "mother's helper" weekly for our neighbor. It is so fun to see how the little one lights up when she sees Maia coming!
Maia loves music. If there's a nanosecond of silence in the car, she immediately asks for some music. She practices the piano beautifully and enjoyed going to guitar camp this summer.
Although my heart sometimes feels a pinch of pain when I look at how big she's gotten, I am really enjoying having a big helper around here. Maia loves to learn in the kitchen and never complains when I ask for for help with housework. What a kid!
Here's a shot of Maia on her first day of seventh grade:
(See what I mean with her look here? Who else would have thought to wear P.E. shorts under a denim skirt with a gauzy ballet skirt on top? She's got a style all her own.)