Emily is 11..a month or so later
Our Emily turned 11 on July 22nd this year. We have officially moved into our tween years and I feel like I am spending so much time trying to keep Emily 11 instead of 16 that the reality of 11 has yet to hit me.
Summer months are filled with constant conversations about modesty, trust, and privileges. We ended the school year with grades we felt did not represent Emily's full potential and this was hard for us parents. As the oldest, Emily, is constantly pushing Bret and I into new uncharted parenting situations that we have no idea how to handle. We constantly feel like we are failing as parents and at the same time doing the very best we can. Although this past year has been filled with new challenges we could not be more proud of the young woman she is becoming.
You work so hard in everything you do. At school I know things don't always just "click" like it does for some kids. I know that you pay attention and work hard and that when you still don't get the grades you hope for it is defeating. Hang in there kid. Hard work will pay off and we will figure out what will make things click for you. The study skills you are learning now will build a foundation of success in the future. Never give up and keep your head up, you are a smart girl that will go far in life.
There has never been moments where your dad and I have felt more proud to be your parent than seeing you compete in sports and athletics. When we went to Dallas and watched you nail your stunts in your cheer competition your joy and success was ours too. You were a star. This summer watching you compete in the triathlon was awesome. You were the first girl out of the pool and kept your head up even though you got way behind on the bike. When we saw you come around the corner during the run portion it brought tears to both your dad and I's eyes. You never gave up and pushed yourself so hard to catch up it was inspiring.
Sometimes I know that you feel less close to your dad than the boys but sports is where you connect to each other. He is so proud of you and can't wait to see what your future holds.
Posted by Adriana