Monday, July 23, 2012

my brave girl

Sloane leaves today for 10 days in Oregon with her cousins and grandparents.  
Without us. 

When I was 10, I would have been just as excited and as eager as she is now.
(My Mom says that's true, by the way.)

Now that I am 41, I know just how brave she is.
I am proud that she is a girl who does things, who goes places, who takes risks. 

I pray that she never loses the heart of the girl she is right now.  
This silly, funny, constantly-reading, brave little girl.  

I hope she is always ready to pack a backpack full of books (9 for this trip),
a Bible, a journal, her favorite pen, colored pencils, a pack of gum, and Gareth.

And me?  I'll be the one waving and smiling as she flies away,
knowing I've tucked goodies and love notes into all the corners of her bag.

I'll be the one cheering her on; delighted that she's a risk-taker.
I'll be the one standing there crying, holding her Daddy's hand; so proud I could burst. 


Claire said...

Oh, such a sweet post about a sweet girl, from a sweet momma! I'm sure she's going to have a wonderful time!

Tracy said...

How sweet...May Sloane fly and taste life! :o) May she had a wonderful time... And that you all have a wonderful time sharing stories when she's home again. ((HUGS))

Chris Graham said...

Letting go... So hard in many ways but so beautiful to watch.
Somewhat like a butterfly as God gives them wings to fly.
Enjoy every moment, the process goes so quickly.

Roban said...

I love how she's packed nine books for this trip! And what an adventure! I'm sure she'll be talking about this and remembering it forever. (Hugs to you as she lifts off.)

Amy said...

I have a feeling she will stay that way . . . just like her mama!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Oh this is such a sweet post! All ways.

And it is so wonderful that she is able to experience time away, with grandparents and cousins.

I never had the experience but from what I have read, those times make wonderful memories for kids. And they let cousins get to know each other, etc.

Plus, how GREAT it must be for the grandparents can't even be calculated. :-)

Hugs to you, proud and brave Mommy!

"These old buildings do not belong to us only, they belong to our forefathers and they will belong to our descendants unless we play them false. They are not in any sense our own property to do with as we like with them. We are only trustees for those that come after us."
~William Morris

Mac n' Janet said...

The year our daughter was 10 she flew from Colorado to California to spend the summer with her Grandmother, I was working in a year round school and didn't want her home alone. It was the longest summer of my life, she enjoyed it, I hated it.

Gigi Thibodeau said...

Of course she is an adventurer! Just look at her mum! I love that she's taking this big trip on her own at 10. That was the age I was when I took my first plane trip ever and I was on my own, too. So glad I did, as it instilled a wanderlust in me that has only strengthened over the years. Yay for Sloane! xo

Angie Muresan said...

Sloane is beautiful and she will have a lovely time in Oregon. And you will be fine without her. :)

Marilyn said...

Sloane is growing up and you are allowing her to spread her wings. You, I know, are a very proud mama indeed and rightly so. Yes, she will come home with delightful memories of a special time that is all her own. How wonderful! I still remember times like this when I was growing up.

GraceGal said...

A brave Mom too :)

Anonymous said...

I was thinking how brave YOU are too! I'm sure she'll love Oregon (my home state, so I'm biased). It's wonderful to see how confident she is.

I'm sure you'll feel weird while she's away, but knowing you, Relyn, you will also find wonderful things to enjoy about your 10 days. xox

Debby said...

She is beautiful. Can't believe she is only 10. Do something fun while she is gone. (((((HUGS))))

Sara Rice said...

Extremely BRAVE! Love this picture of her. She looks like a young woman...

Jeanie said...

I was waiting to hear you would be crying, because I would be, too! She's so lovely and will have a glorious time, but oh -- how hard, those early goodbyes!

Suz said...

Oh boy, do I get this!
I named my daughter Amelia, in '73
wanting her to be brave and strong and adventurous and independent
What more loving thing can we do for our children but to encourage and nurture their lives.....let them go and they return
hold on with loose reins
trust in the Lord and hold them in prayer....I still remind my 38 year old son that he is carried in prayer by his mother everyday..
and now that he is father of 2..he gets it
here's keeping you all in prayer for a joyous,safe adventure for sloane

Connie said...

(((Hugs))) it is hard to let them go!
I love the picture you have here...
you can see she is turning into a beautiful young lady rather than the cute little girl :)

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Cinner said...

Hi Relyn Sloane is so beautiful and brave. they can conquer the world it seems. She will have a wonderful time and yes you will probably cry, you are a loving wonderful Mom. glad to have time to make my rounds again. hugs.

Lubna said...

I'm proud of you for understanding that children do need to 'fly' sometimes under a wee bit of supervision, but with lots of love. Hope she is having a wonderful time.

Anita said...

Awww...this is such a sweet post. Your little girl is growing up. She is definitely an amazing, unique young lady!

Joanna Jenkins said...

First, Sloane is absolutely gorgeous! What a sweetheart. And second.. I love that you packed notes and extra love for her. That made me smile.

I hope she has a blast!
xo jj

HKatz said...

I hope she has a great trip. And I love the description of her as "constantly-reading" - reminds me of one of my nieces :)

Jennifer Richardson said...

love to you, brave mama:)

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

What a cutie! The weather here in Oregon is very mild so hopefully she's had a lovely time. Can't wait to hear about her journey. And yours!
xoxo, Kirsten

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