a cliche & a minted special for you

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smocked dresses//babydolls//storytime//hairbows//favorite blankie//paperdolls//mary janes//goldfish & sippy cups//hugs & holding hands

the “browneyes”//freshmen at the same time//seniors at the same time//love jesus//nurturing//leaders//look like their daddy gregg//cheerleaders//nap after school//pierced nose//UGA//extroverts//

one loves to read. one does not.

one is the lion. one is the otter.

mission to kosovo. mission to peru.

business major/religion minor. early childhood education major.

burger. salad.

high waisted. low waisted.

salty. sweet.

type A. not even sorta.

they fight & they bicker. they’re tough on their mama. they are passionate. they are loyal to their friends, which they have many. they are more alike than they realize. they are kind & fun. they both carry the middle name of a beloved family member that’s gone on before them.

they are my favorite brown eyed brunettes in the entire world.

and they make me very very proud.

 

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i wanted to share the graduation announcements we ordered through minted. i’ve used minted for announcements & christmas cards for years and i’m always pleased with the selection as well as the customer service.

this attached link will provide you with $25 off your first order over $50. enjoy.

& young mamas, i have to tell you, this truly is my favorite stage of parenting.

when my girls were little they were so resilient and seemingly so quick to forgive my faults…which are many. and yes they forgive me now, but the filter shifted. the cracks are more visible and healing takes longer.

but i LOVE watching them become who they are. not just mini-me’s, not just mini-parent combos. but them. their own convictions. their own beliefs ( even the times they differ from mine). i love watching them dream & then watch from the sidelines as those dreams become fulfilled. i love sharing cowboy boots & my closet. i love when they want to spend time with me and i try to not act like it hurts when they don’t. i love getting in their cars & listening to the music they’ve been listening to & seeing who asks them out on dates. i love it when someone tells me something kind or awesome they did. i love seeing images of their big smiles & laughter on facebook. i love looking at them when they don’t realize it & even though they’re not a mini-me….sometimes i see myself anyways.

and that first picture…it was just the other day ya’ll. i swear. it was just the other day.

April 23, 2015 - 10:17 am

Ann - I have tears in my eyes. I have three girls and they are currently in the stage of that first photo. Ages 8, 5, and 1. Thank you for the beautiful words describing your girls. I hope someday to be able to say the same about my girls.

April 23, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Rebecca - This post made me cry. Bittersweet tears, I suppose. I’ve sent one boy off to Savannah this spring, and another one looking at apartments in the next town over. I thought I was prepared for the empty nest. Now, I’m not so sure. Your brown eyes are beautiful girls. Best wishes and much love to both of them.

April 24, 2015 - 10:45 pm

Andrea - Dear Paige…..your girls are ALL so lovely. I can only imagine that they are just as lovely if not more so in person. It has been so fun and a pleasure to watch them grow up to these beautiful young women on your blog. Thank you for sharing them with us.