These Days

Sometimes Cora likes to get in Elinor’s bed with her.  They both think it’s hilarious.  Who knows why.  The last time they did this I took advantage of their “closeness” and took some pictures.

They are such girls…they just giggle and giggle together. (When they are in the giggling mood)

I’m truly loving the stage we are in right now.  Cora is coming along so nicely. She is much less temperamental…she can communicate what she is feeling, needing, wanting.  She loves to kiss and cuddle me.  Sometimes she will cup my face in her hands, give me a big kiss on the lips and say “I love you mommy.”  It melts me.  Elinor is just silly and adorable.  She is busy, she is fast, she is mischievous, she is spoiled.

She is very quick and seems to be a really capable little thing.

She’s tough and she’s a total daredevil.  Right now her face is covered in ugly looking scrapes as she fell down some stone steps.  She is scary like that.

I love being a mom.  Their mom.

I love it more every day.

Cora is still obsessed with dancing.  We are going to sign her up for her first ballet lessons.  I know she will love it.  As strong willed as Cora can be, she thrives in controlled and busy environments.  Sending her to preschool one day a week has been the best thing for her.  I am pretty sure dance will be the same.

I delight in how feminine and girly her interests are.  I think it’s healthy and precious.

I often think about how this world tries to deny and belittle femininity.  They would say we suppress girls through making them want to play princess, wear pink, love dolls, etc.  Any mother of a girl knows…you don’t have to teach them any of this!  It is their nature to love what is feminine because God designed them this way.  I love it, I embrace it…and yes, I do promote it because she is a girl!  I want her to develop into what I believe is a secure woman.  Someone who is first and foremost secure in Christ but second, secure in who she is as a woman in Christ.  That she will have a healthy understanding of the biblical fact that God designed her with a different role than a man and that is not just ok…but it is good!  Why?  Because God says it is good and necessary…so that’s a good enough reason for me.

Quite a tangent I know…but something I feel so strongly about.

And life has definitely slowed down since Christmas.  We are enjoying 2013 so far but I must admit…I cannot wait for warmer weather.  I find the cold and dreary days tedious.  We spend so much time indoors, more time in front of the TV.  I am not as productive as I would like to be.  However, it looks like this week has been warmer.  We were able to go the park yesterday…maybe we will fit a couple more trips in this week!

And I need to sign off and get this day going because the day is already getting away from me…happy Tuesday!



9 Responses to These Days

  1. I find winters tough too! Beautiful pictures, and your fortunate to have preschools one day a week, over here, preschool is moving to every-day, full days. I love Cora’s dress, she will love ballet!

  2. jenny boyd says:

    Hey Grace beautiful pics of the girls!! Elinor is getting soo big!!. We need to visit soon. In that first solo pic of Cora she reminds me of your mother 🙂 !! Where is she going to do ballet at? Claire is still going to dalton on Thurs. at 1:00. Hope all is well keep in touch

  3. maryanne helms says:

    I love the last photo of Cora, with the nativity scene. She is such a pretty little thing! You have GOT TO post about God’s piano-gift to you. Such a neat story, and I want to see…..!!

  4. bchallies says:

    My how Elinor switched back and forth, I find those mischievous pictures sheer Justin!

  5. Betty says:

    I’m curious about the piano Maryanne is talking of! And they are both so beautiful, I agree with your mom, I look at Elinor and see you, I look again and see Justin. I am so so excited to get to know them better, and spend more and more time with y’all!

  6. Susanna says:

    Love the girls and their outfits! Cora’s in the last picture really is beautiful! I’ve very envious of your piano and am eager to hear the story too!

  7. Victoria says:

    I love your beautiful girlie girls 🙂

  8. Danelle says:

    Precious girls Grace. I’m so glad they are getting along so well. I just adored my childhood with my sweet Kirstie by my side. I agree with you about embracing feminine ways. God did design us uniquely different from men and on purpose!

  9. LeAnna says:

    I love everything about this post. I find it so amazing that God has indeed assigned specific gender preferences to both male and female. Not to say that there aren’t tomboy girls, or boys that might really love helping Mom in the kitchen — but there are markers that define the two, and rightly so. Sprig is a total girly girl, and loves clothes and shoes. We’re trying right now to make sure she knows she is beautiful even if she doesn’t have on her favorite swirly dress or sparkle shoes. And trying even harder to make sure she knows that she doesn’t have to have what every other girl does. That is proving difficult! She notices what other little girls are wearing and declares SHE needs xyz just like them. Oy vey!

    I hope you’re enjoying summer and that all is going well in your world. I miss reading your words, as well as Anna’s (Hope Road) as I dip my toes back into the blogging waters.

    Blessings, friend!

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