So........ I entered my sweetie girl in the Parents magazine cover contest. Winning would mean a chance to go to New York and do a photo shoot with my sweetie-pie daughter. I'm not interested in the money (although the sequester that is affecting my husband's job would disagree). I'm not interested in launching a career in modeling. I'm only interested in the experience. That would be the experience of a lifetime!!!
We had recently taken pictures of our children on our trip to the Oregon Coast. We strolled along the beach in a state of peaceful bliss (which is hard to come by when you are in a family of seven). She decided to take a break on some rocks just off the beach. I thought she looked so completely beautiful in that moment. Sitting on a rock, with sandy toes and her hair blowing in the breeze, just watching the ocean. I was going to try to sneak a photo without her knowing, but she noticed I was coming closer with camera in tow. She flashed a cute pose and those two-front, no teeth at me. SNAP. Moment captured in time.
Initially, I entered the contest because I think she is the most beautiful little girl in the world! "Why wouldn't she win?", did in fact enter my mind.
Come to discover there are also hundreds of thousands of other "most beautiful children in the world". Hundreds of thousands of beautiful, spunky, sweet, handsome, talented, smiley children entered in this contest. As you read this, you are agreeing that your child is completely amazing in their own right! And they are!! Isn't the unconditional love you feel for your child a wonderful thing? It drives you to want to do everything and anything for them. You want everything that is good for them......happiness, safety, success, peace, joy. We do in fact ALL have children we would like to shout to the rooftops about!
My "Toothless Beach Beauty" is more than one photo. She is special because.......
She is my only daughter. After three boys I had resigned myself into believing I would be the mother of only boys. That made sense to me since I was always a tom boy myself. I knew I could handle boys. I was surprised to be blessed with a girl and I learned quickly the differences and the innate
beauty of a little girl. She helps me with my nail polish, cries with me, and tells me I look pretty. She teaches me differently than the boys (which I do in fact learn a ton from-but that would be another post). I love the bond we have.
She is SO sweet. Did I mention this already? Yup. She is only six, but she would do anything to help someone or something out. She "rescues" worms to keep them safe. I'm still shocked she doesn't mind touching the worms. She says the nicest things to me, her family, and friends. She cleans her room without complaint. She is a good helper at school. She says "thank you", "I'm sorry", and "your welcome" often and means it. She thinks the best of everyone! She skips rather than walks. Sometimes she gets me to skip too. I should skip more often.
Her beauty starts inward and carries outward. She is loving, kind, giving, prayerful, and a good friend. I love that she has my thick wavy hair and her daddy's blue-gray eyes.
She loves her family, even her rowdy brothers. I love those moments when I see her soften those boys. Somehow she can talk all four into playing house or doing fashion shows.
She is talented and has many interests. She does ballet, clogging, tumbling, and soccer at the moment. She is going to try softball in the summer. As parents, we do our best to support her in everything. I love that she wants me to coach her soccer team again. I think I will for many years to come.
She is meek and humble. Not an ounce of pride in her little heart. I hope the world doesn't spoil her with thrashing waves of negativity.
I hope that people will vote for my daughter........But, I know they will and SHOULD vote for their own beautiful children. All of our children belong on the cover of a magazine, we all know it because we love them so completely. Aren't they all winners?!!
Write down what makes your child special. Do it today.