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Letters to Our Children – May 2016

Some friends and I are writing letters to our children in a monthly blog circle! After you read mine, click here to check out my friend Michelle’s letter next. If you click through each letter (all of which are full of parenting awesomeness and amazing photography), you’ll eventually find yourself right back here!

dear emily,

Well, it’s official – we are living in our new home in Springfield! It’s been a whirlwind few months. You and your brother (and mommy and daddy) are loving the new house. We still have a long ways to go before everything is “finished” (such a relative term – there’s always something to be done).  You’re currently sharing a room with your brother which isn’t such a terrible thing – you guys shared a room when we lived with Nai Nai and Apah.  Your room here still has some crazy wallpaper issues that we haven’t gotten to yet. That’s our next big project. And you are actually an amazing wallpaper remover! You love helping to scrape the wallpaper off the walls.

No doubt, your favorite thing about living here has been playing outside in the backyard with the neighbors. We’re very lucky to have such awesome neighbors!  Shane and Juliana live 2 houses over and they are 6 and 3 just like you and Wesley. The four of you have been playing outside every moment you get. Right next to us we have Ed and Rose who are a little older but are as sweet as can be with the two of you, always including you when they’re out there playing basketball or baseball.  And they don’t mind if you play on their swing set either!

And in the midst of all the moving excitement, you’ve been hitting your own milestones too. This past month you learned to ride your bike without training wheels, started playing tee ball, have grown at least an inch or two, and worked hard to create an amazing display for the Learning Through Literature event at school!  The bike riding amazed me. One day you asked to borrow Shane’s bike (which doesn’t have training wheels) and you just hopped on and took off. So of course, I had to immediately take the training wheels off your bike. I think back to when we first got that bike and how scared you were. It seems any time that you are presented with something new, you have a lot of anxiety about it. It’s tough those first few times and you usually cry and tell me that you can’t do it. But before long, you become determined and you slowly work through your fears until you’ve conquered it. That is an amazing quality! I hope that you always meet new challenges with that attitude.

You and the other Kindergarten students at Media Children’s House worked for over a month on your Learning Through Literature projects. You had to choose a book, read it, analyze it, and create a presentation complete with tri-fold board. You chose a book from the Magic Tree House series called Dolphins at Daybreak.  You did a great job reading it (I’m amazed at how well you can read!) and your presentation was awesome! You obviously love school and learning! And thank God that you got your father’s memory and not mine! 😉

We’ve also been dealing with some anxiety issues over the last couple months. I’m sure that a lot of it stems from the big changes we’ve had recently. One of the causes of your anxiety is your shyness.  You don’t have any trouble with talking to other kids your age or younger, but you become extremely shy when it comes to speaking with adults that aren’t family. I know you get this shy trait from me. I’m an admitted introvert – don’t even get me started on how terrifying public speaking is. I’ve been trying to push you out of your comfort zone a little bit and you’re not happy about it. One day you wanted to see if Shane and Juliana could come out to play. Their dad was sitting outside but you wanted me to go ask him. I insisted that you do it. This resulted in a complete meltdown. You told me you “don’t feel like yourself without mommy with you” and that just about broke my heart. But I know from personal experience that the only way to beat your shyness is to force yourself to deal with uncomfortable situations. You didn’t end up going over that day to ask Shane’s dad, but I hope that with time and taking little baby steps, you will push yourself outside your comfort zone. It’s hard, but you’re a tough chicky and I know you can do it!

Sorry for the novel today – you’ve had a lot going on!  Mommy and daddy love you very much! Next time I write to you you’ll be graduating Kindergarten and starting your summer vacation! Where does the time go?!

Love always,

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