I’m writing this to you as the scent of warm banana bread still lingers from my baking extravaganza tonight. I find baking to be a very therapeutic hobby and today was just one of those days where my hands yearned to crack eggs, smoosh bananas and create something beautiful.
Little Miss Alea Lou is teething… yet again. Those darn molars sure send her over the edge. I was the mom at the store today struggling to hold a screaming toddler while racing down the aisles, hunting down the infant ibuprofen and practically sprinting towards the checkout all while dodging disapproving and those “what a horrible mother” glances. Did you see me? 😉
We made it through it though and as soon as we got some ibuprofen in her system and some good old fashioned snuggles… while watching Horton Hears a Who… she started to feel a whole lot better.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about parenting. When I say parenting, I mean something deeper than discipline, time outs, play dates, and providing for my little one. I’ve been thinking more about what values, morals, and principles I would like to instill in my daughter and our future children as well.
I want my daughter to have a yearning to learn and take in everything around her.
I want my daughter to have faith. — I feel as though faith is so much more important than any religion. I want her to have faith in a higher power, but not be afraid to question her faith or to find the path of worship that suits her best.
I want my daughter to be kind, caring, & help others.
I want my daughter to be strong. To not give into temptation & follow her heart.
I want my daughter to be passionate.
I want my daughter to appreciate. Pleases and thank yous and for her to understand that she is truly blessed for everything that she will come to have in life.
I want my daughter to find love. Feel love, love someone with all her heart, and receive all the love she gives out.
I want my daughter to be determined. I want her to chase her dreams and live her life for all its worth.
These are all values I try and include in my everyday life. I know I can always improve, but I want so badly for my daughter to have this. Raising a child is more than I ever thought it would be. It’s more than buying diapers and putting food in their mouths. It’s up to Cory & I to raise a highly functioning, determined, loving, strong, appreciative, passionate, faithful member of society.
No pressure, right?