Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A few of my favorite things....

Ate healthy most of the week.....check
Worked out at the gym...check
Devotion with Kenzie.....once.....half a check
So, I think I am on my way.  Not perfect, but who is really?

I thought that today I would post some of my favorite things about Mackenzie, my daughter.  Mackenzie is 12.....need I say more????  So, as I have mentioned, there are times recently when our interaction has been strained.  I am raising Kenzie totally on my own, she does not know her earthly dad, so this, of course adds to the stress of childrearing I suppose. However, we have done a great job just the two of us.  I love her with all my heart, she is the light in the dark and the wind in my sails.....even when she is being difficult.


Here are a few of my favorite things.....about Mackenzie.....(in no particular order)

1.  She makes me laugh EVERYDAY.  Her sense of humour amazes me sometimes.
2.  Mackenzie has a heart of gold, she sees people for who they are not what they wear or what they look like.
3.  She can laugh at herself.
4.  She is a bit of a name it, she'll try it, if it involves a bit of risk even better!  A lot like her Mom I think.  This could turn out in time to be one of my least favorite things, but for now, I love it.
5.  Mackenzie readily says that she is sorry if she needs to be, and ALWAYS tells me that she loves me.
6.  She loves her family.
7.  She is not afraid to fail.
8.  She is not afraid to try something new.
9.  Mackenzie is wonderful with children, in my opinion she has a gift.  One of the best babysitters EVER.
10.  She likes to make people feel special and important, something I wish that I was better at.

This list could go on and on.  It has been therapeutic to write these things down.  Tonight, if an argument arises, I will think about this list and hopefully smile, realizing that my little girl is going through a big change in her life and that she is awesome and beautiful inside and out.



Kristin said...

Thank you so much for your encouraging comment on my blog! I will be praying for you too as you take that leap of faith with your missions. Your daughter sounds like a wonderful girl! My oldest is 9 1/2, so I have a few years before we get to the pre-teen stage. I might have to stop by for some advice when we get there. Ha!

Lauren said...

What a wonderful list! You sound like a great mother - Mackenzie is surely blessed to have you! :)

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

Thanks for coming out from behind the curtain over at my blog Blessed... What a blessing to get to meet you! LOVE your blog. Your heart for missions is God given. He will take you to places you never thought possible. I look forward to watching what He does.

Your words about your daughter were beautiful. I have a daughter almost eleven and one who is going on nineteen. I wish I could tell you that the stress and strife will cease soon, but you already know what to expect with a teenage daughter...lots of ATTITUDE!

BUT, when you make lists like the one above you are parenting with Philippians 4:8 as your tool. I just loved that. Blessing to you and your precious daughter!

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) ~ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.