Friday, July 11, 2014

I'm Bragging - My Girls Are Amazing!

Wednesday was a glorious day in MommyLand.  I posted this as my personal Facebook status Wednesday evening:

The girls spent at least 75% of the day in one bedroom together tediously knotting string to create friendship bracelets of all different colors and lengths.  You see, they have a plan.  They are starting a business, according to them.  They are going to sell the bracelets and they have named their business KNOT NOW (because it is a process of knotting string, NOT braiding.  I know because I was curtly corrected.).  When/If they actually sell any bracelets, they are going to use the money they make to purchase necessary supplies and, then, they are going to donate the rest to charity.  They are wavering between the Ronald McDonald House and our local animal shelter.  They made signs and even asked about business cards and websites.

We never left the house yesterday.  I didn’t chat with anyone on the phone.  I spent hours holed up with my computer writing and cruising while they were hunkered down, too, hard at work.  (Although, for the record, I did manage to run and unload the dishwasher twice and do four loads of laundry.)  Yet, it was an amazing day that reminded me of four things:
  1. There really is just something about sisters.  When we found out that our third baby would be another girl, I was told by countless people that “Sisters have such a special bond.  They will be the best of friends!”  However, I have written before about how I am still waiting for that to happen.  There are glimpses every now and then, but there is a lot of fighting, bickering, and one-upping around here, too.  Days like yesterday remind me that they really do love each other and that, maybe one day, they will be the best of friends every day.
  2. Entertainment doesn't have to be expensive or complicated.  This whole thing started with an old book I found as I was cleaning out my work office at our church.  My oldest had been interested in braiding, so when I saw it, I thought she might have a little fun with it.  Little did I know a simple book from 1970 something would provide so many hours of creativity.
    Yes - there could be a slight plagiarism issue with the name of their business. What little they lack in creativity they make up for in resourcefulness! 
  3. My girls have such good hearts.  Really.  They are spending hours, literally hours, at this tedious task with no intention of gain for themselves.  They are not trying to make money for some self serving object.  They just want to make something pretty for others and they are panning to give all the profits away!  It may not be the most financially sound business plan, but it his heartfelt and sincere and oh so sweet.
  4. They are so smart.  Again, maybe not the most logical plan financially, but they are thinking and strategizing.  They made signs and business cards.  They know they need a website.  They do most certainly belong to their business savvy, salesman father, but how many children would really think of these processes?
As the mom, I got a special, advanced, free sample and every time I wear it I will think of this day.

Yes, I know this has been a big mommy bragging session.  However, I am entitled to think my girls are amazing and I don’t need to hide my pride in them.  Just like most parents, I get frustrated and annoyed by them, too.  So, when I have an opportunity to share how incredible they are, when I am reminded of the "good stuff" of parenting, I want to shout it from the rooftops (or, type it into a blog post.)

These girls- they are mine and they are amazing.  I love them to the moon and back times infinity.

"When I see your face 
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing 
Just the way you are.
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause, girl, you're amazing 
Just the way you are.
~Bruno Mars, "Just The Way You Are"


Janine Huldie said...

Aww, this made me smile so very much and you are right there really is something about sisters, because I see it with my two more often then not, as well. And the pic of the friendship bracelet brought me back, because I totally made those types of bracelets as a young girl myself ;)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Truthfully, my girls fight A LOT - especially the older two. It has been so nice to see them working together!

Tara Gantz Newman said...

What an awesome book! My son would love that. Isn't it great when you can step back and see how awesome your kids are? I try really hard to focus on what they do right rather than what they do that drives me bonkers.

The Dose of Reality said...

SO proud of them! Is there anything better than sisters working together to make the world a better place? I think not. :)-Ashley

MamaRabia said...

Way to go girls! You have every right to brag Lisa!! Sounds like they are learning lots of awesome from you. :)
I always wanted a sister and I'm sad that Frances doesn't get one either. Sisters just don't seem to run in our family.

Tricia at Raising Humans said...

Yay happy day! I love their idea. I hope my kids one day have the same sort of charitable business plan going (plagiarized name or not!) :)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I almost threw the book away when I found it! So glad I gave it to her.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I don't think so, either!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Rabia! Gender is funny - in my generation, my dad's side is all boys (except me, of course) and my mom's side is all girl. My girls' generation is almost all girls. Funny how those trends happen.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I'm sure yours will when they are older. It was a happy day and I'm, obviously, a little proud.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I certainly hope they will end up as best friends, too. And, I hope this getting along things lasts!

Tamara Bowman said...

Of course they are smart with good hearts - they're yours!
There is something about sisters. As you know, I grew up with two. Now that we're older, we do get along great consistently and the wedding/baby planning is amazing. There is nothing like sisters who become aunts!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks! I sure hope they experience that sisterly bond when they are older.

Jennifer Hall said...

You go on ahead and brag! I'm pretty darn of my kids right now too. Yesterday was my daughter's bday and she actually spent some of her bday money on her little brother. I could have fainted from the shock! And my boy? He's been teaching himself magic tricks! It's so cool!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

That's awesome! It's so great to be able to focus on the positive!

Alison said...

You totally get to brag, because this is awesome!
I made friendship bracelets when I was that age - So. Much. Fun.

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