it’s a big day around here

 

i’ve mentioned before that this has been a mighty tough year for madison. not only is the junior year notoriously known as the most stressful academically, but she’s also chosen a very rigorous academic load. i’m not going to review and list some of the challenges she’s had this year. nor are all of them things i can broadcast to the blog world ( despite how much i love you) but suffice today she’s had a hard hard year.

i’m SO darn proud of the accomplishments she’s made this year however if NONE of those were part of her story, i’d still be just as PROUD of her. i would. our children seem to be under so much stress and so much pressure to perform. i pray that i am not heavy on my girls to “be the best”. i do. the world puts enough of this on them. i’m not a helicopter mom. i’ve probably never held up a flash card. we didn’t have college level curriculum in my highschool.  the college admission process wasn’t near as competitive as it is now. and yet my girls each have a high level of internal motivation. not all about the same things, but internally motivated nonetheless. i don’t want my girls to feel they have to do something or be something but i do want them to find their passion. and if their passion lines up with their gifts, the world is their oyster!!

ya’ll really rose up and encouraged me after my post earlier this week and the reminder about the highlights. having said that i’ve also laid open my heart & exposed my fears and failures here over & over again. a friend had commented that my life had turned out perfect and her’s not so much. i’m telling ya’ll. well you know what. on second thought, i’m going to chose to not even go down that road. but i will say this, we have no idea what folks are going through. we don’t.

i’ll take it as a sign that my adobe flash just crashed and maybe i should climb off my soapbox before my feet even get planted up there and go drink some coffee instead.

the birdies are outside my window putting on quite a glorious performance. the forecast was rain & thunderstorms-however it’s gorgeous right now. praying that rain will just all go-away. profound praying at it’s finest. madison will begin getting ready later this afternoon for her first prom! she’s going with a great guy who she’s been friends with since kindergarten.

wishing each of you a wonderful mother’s day weekend!!

{these beauitful images of madi were all taken by the amazing camille deann}

May 11, 2013 - 9:25 am

Amy Avery - Oh Miss Paige! Love your heart! I do! I had typed a long comment to you the other day when you posted about the “highlights” and then my computer keyboard froze, (really it did!) and I lost my comment. What I said to you in a nutshell is this, Celebrating life’s highlights is a wonderful expression of thanksgiving to our Father who gave us so many blessings. When you look back in history at our remembrance of the first Thanksgiving, we recall that they were thankful for the highlights and that’s what they showcased. They didn’t sit there on that day (because I was there ;-))and talk about the blight on the crops and how many people had died and how they lived in shacks compared to the homes they left in England. Those hardships were commonly known and accepted. What they chose to focus on were the highlights in spite of the hardships. That’s what you do too. It’s a given that everyone has hardships. It just is. No one’s life is full of sunshine and roses all day long every day of the year. You choose to share your thanksgiving for the bounty of blessings that you are given in spite of hardships. That is AWESOME! If ever you feel that others perceive your life as perfect, see it as an opportunity to pray for them to celebrate their highlight’s too. It’s in the celebration in spite of the hardships that make us stronger, that grow our faith, that allow God’s true light to shine. Even if one’s life feels like a dark cavernous hole, there is still at least one highlight to celebrate. That one and only highlight is actually the most important highlight and that is that even in the midst of horrible turmoil, we are God’s children and he loves us. So keep on sharing your highlights and any difficult times too. I am always inspired by what goes on in the Knudson household and I celebrate with you. Hope that your water pipe has been repaired. I can’t believe Mr. UPS was so reluctant to turn a knob! And finally, your Madison is absolutely stunning! She’s an amazing girl!

May 11, 2013 - 9:27 am

Kristin - Chuck and I were discussing looking at the good no matter how you have to dust off the hard in life and the challenges we face as we trust God to walk us through. I said, “This is what Paige does, she counts her blessings one by one. I want to be like that, so mo matter what we are facing we are going to be grateful and shout out our blessings! You always inspire me more than you will ever know my precious friend. I just want you to know that I admire you so, as a mamma, as a woman that loves the sox off of God, as a person who runs after the good in life, as a risk taker, and as a person that shows your girls how to do all of these things and so more. So to admire Madi, is to admire you her mamma who shows each of your girls how to live out this life strong and beautiful, no matter what! You have an amazing bunch of beautiful, intelligent and strong girls. I hope Madi has a great time at her first prom. Im certain she will be breathtaking. So exciting! Love you girle! Hugs!

May 11, 2013 - 9:51 am

simone - Stunning photos of the most beautiful girl Paige, there has always been something about Madison that really warms my heart when you talk about her & when I see her in photos. She is clearly a very special girl, you must be incredibly proud of her. I am sure she is destined for great things.

I absolutely love what you say above….and it reminded me of a Pinterest quote that I saw in the week “don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”….we are all on a journey & are all at different stages. More importantly though, no one knows what anyone else’s journey is about & what the story is behind it all. And no one’s life is perfect.

Great post Paige XX

May 11, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Karen - Absolutely love how you celebrate your daughters on this space. What a beautiful tribute to you as well….as their mother:) Happy Mother’s Day Paige, I hope you have a wondrous and amazing weekend!

May 11, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Tammie - Paige, I have to agree with all the other comments, I could not have said it better myself.

May 12, 2013 - 4:45 am

Jill - Oh, Paige, I hope you have the greatest Mother’s Day imaginable! Your heart is so beautiful that I can’t imagine it being anything less than that for you. The pictures of Madi are truly gorgeous. Hope she had a wonderful time at her prom to treasure in her memory for all the years to come. God really is so good, isn’t He! Through the highlights, the “low lights” and all the in between, His faithfulness is so amazing. I hope that His faithfulness shines on you in an extra special way for Mother’s Day to make it beyond beautiful for you!

May 12, 2013 - 6:49 am

tara - she’s so beautiful…oh to have skin like hers again, right? :)

Happy Mother’s Day, friend….I admire you….for so many reasons.
You’re mentoring me from afar.

May 12, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - This is sweetness all over it. I love your heart. So much! (And those sweet blue eyes in these photos.. my goodness!)

May 13, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Janet Lawson - Such a beautiful daughter and from the posts I have read she is as beautiful on the inside as the outside..