Monday, September 9, 2013

Sometimes They Keep Me Guessing

One of the things I love most about my kids is figuring out their personalities.  It's pretty fun.  I'm pretty good at it.  Sometimes.  Every now and again.  Maybe once.

On Saturday we went to our hometown festival, the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival.  We had a great time.  We wore ourselves out.

They had a face-painting booth.  If you want to see your kid's personality shine through, let them pick anything they want out of the face-painting book.

Ashley is low-key and low-maintenance.  She likes to be support staff, constantly helping and never really seeking the limelight.  She also loves flowers.  A lot.  A whole lot.

I wasn't surprised when she picked this lovely, light, off-to-the-side design.

Hannah is not low-key and not low-maintenance.  She likes the limelight.  She commands the limelight.  She controls the limelight.  The limelight never knew what hit it.

Does this pick surprise anyone?

It didn't surprise me either.

Amy is still learning who she is.  I had no idea what she was going to pick.  My guess would have been more along the lines of Hannah than Ashley, but she surprised me with a pretty, little butterfly.  

I love the process.  I didn't the first time around.  I wanted to tell Hannah what she was going to be like.  It doesn't work that way.  God gifts each of us with certain qualities that make us equipped to handle what He has for us down the road.  I'm excited to see what He has planned for my girls.  I'm excited to see how their personalities play into that plan.  

I wouldn't have guessed the butterfly for Amy.  It's just another little piece that we were able to add on Saturday.  A piece of Amy's puzzle.  It's getting clearer and clearer.  It's all about giving her the time to learn who she is.  It's all about giving her the space to be who she is.  It's all about setting the boundaries that allow her to do both.

On another note...

Does this seem ironic to anyone else?

And because I'd hate to leave you without a picture like this...

I love these girls, the whole, crazy lot of them.

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