ONCE UPON A TIME......
There were two daughters.
One had long, blonde curls, a nurturing spirit, and a heart for Jesus.
The other had amazingly thick, black hair, a zest for life, and a free spirit.
The younger was once the eldest, displaced by the adoption of the now-older daughter.
Eliana (now 10) has spent the past few months maturing. Growing up fast. Becoming a beautiful young lady. Taking on more and more responsibility with a joyful heart. Making her parents so proud.
Johanna (now 14) is determined to never grow up and is fighting hard against maturity. Convincing her that being a grown-up is FUN is so, so difficult. In her mind, growing up equals leaving Mommy and she literally wants to stay with Mommy FOREVER.
Often people assume that parenting our virtual-triplet-toddlers is overwhelming. And it certainly can be.
But parenting a toddler in a teen-ager's body is much, much more overwhelming.
Overall, things have gone amazingly well with Johanna. She hasn't exposed our children to anything we haven't approved of (except a strong temper, lol), she loves being a part of our family, and she IS learning many, many things.
Getting her to desire maturity is proving to be more difficult than anything, though.
We have two lovely daughters.
One is growing up overnight, right in front of our eyes.
And one is dragging her feet. :)
Please join us in praying for HEAVENLY WISDOM as we travel down this uncharted path. I will admit, I'm having a hard time figuring out the best ways to teach our girl what she needs to know.
At the same time, I KNOW the Lord is writing a story, a "tale" if you will.
A tale of our two daughters.
And we, the parents of these precious girls, are the tools in the hand of the Author of THEIR story.
May He give us the wisdom to know how to teach them, the strength to act on that wisdom, and the diligence to perservere when the going gets tough!