And Away She Ran…

I keep forgetting to share this story about my eldest daughter and because our life these days is consisting of living with parents, lots of appointments with people to share about NYC, and pool time with the kids in between, I thought this would entertain you more ūüôā

Here are some exciting/not-so-exciting things that have happened in Kinsley’s life lately:

1 – She got her hair cut short, just like her mamma, because “it is just¬†too hot” to have long hair.

2.  She has a new favorite princess РPrincess Elena of Avalor.  She decided to write Princess Elena a letter and not only did she mail it (put it in our mailbox only to be snatched out by daddy before the mail actually came), but she fully expected that Princess Elena would write her back. She religiously checked our mail for days awaiting a response. I got our sweet neighbor to craft a letter to her from Princess Elena and she was absolutely elated the day it came!  She held onto that letter like it was gold!

3. ¬†She met another “real” mermaid. ¬†Oh man, why are mermaids EVERYWHERE these days? ¬†She already says she wants to be a mermaid, wants a mermaid tail, and wants a mermaid blanket…can’t a momma catch a break?

4. She “ran away from home.” Uh, yes, you totally read that right. ¬†One day, not long before we moved, after bickering with Emerson, she said that everyone was being mean to her and that she was running away from home to her friend Olivia’s house (Olivia lived one street over). ¬†I asked her “How were mom and dad mean”? ¬†She said it was because we got angry because she disobeyed us….you think??

So, next thing we knew, she had her backpack filled, had ALL her stuffed animals in her hand, and she was walking down the street to Olivia’s. ¬†Ed and I have very different parenting styles. ¬†Knowing that my daughter was a rule-follower, a homebody, and is scared of everything, I told her dad to let her go, knowing that if she wasn’t given any attention, she wouldn’t make it very far before she turned back (I am very much like her in personality and I didn’t make it past my back yard when I “ran” away from home). Ed’s approach, however, was to follow her because “you can’t let her start walking down the street alone”. ¬†So, he followed her about a block or two, and then when she stopped to turn around, she saw him, waited, and came back after a long talk.

Umm….she is 6!?!?! ¬†What is going to happen when she is a teenager? ¬†Honestly, this was one of our first signs that our kids were struggling a bit with all the transitions in our life, and we know that she isn’t a rebellious child at heart, but is just trying to adjust to everything the best she can. ¬†Bless. her. little. heart.

Can you pray for us and our kids through all these transitions? ¬†Blake doesn’t have a clue, but the other two have struggled a little, and if I tell the truth, I have a little too. ¬†Thanks for your prayers for our family.


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