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Letter to My Teenage Daughter

 

A Letter to My Teenage Daughter

On Friday I mentioned that I attended high school with my husband, I also stated that I was glad I was done with high school.  This is what I didn’t tell you: while I was attending my daughter’s classes my mind was whirling with memories of my high school years, and of course there was a touch of anxiousness for my daughter.

high-school-view

(This is the view from the high school cafeteria.)

Some of my mom thoughts:

  • She has all these tough classes.
  • Her classes are far away from each other, can she make it to class every single day without tardies… and in WEDGES!?!
  • I wonder if I send her to school with enough food…. she has to be hungry. I am.
  • She has school clubs, homework, and CHEMISTRY, how can she balance it all?
  • And then there’s teenage life…
  • She’s going to school with kids who DRIVE

Thankfully, my more rational side hit and reminded me that she’s got this.

She is strong, fierce, and smarter than I was at 14. She’s amazing! I’m so lucky to call her my daughter.

I’m quite sure I tell her often how wonderful she is to me, but I know it’s also nice to see the words, to be able to hold them in your hand, and tuck them away forever in your favorite hiding spot. Today, I want to show her the words, let her hold on to them forever, and I’m sharing some of those words with you.

My Letter to My Amazing Teenage Daughter

MAK

When I was fourteen I thought I knew it all. I thought I could be anything, but my anything wasn’t anything like yours. My brain didn’t stretch as far, I think I settled on just living and doing, instead of planning and pushing. You, my dear, you’re a pusher, a fighter, a go-getter, and I cannot tell you how incredibly awesome that is to me. To see you hold dreams in your hands so tight and work your hardest to obtain them makes me extremely proud. I wasn’t thinking about college the way you were in eighth grade. And here you are in HIGH SCHOOL already with 4 years mapped out including college classes!  

Where did time go?

Thank You Notes|

The other night when papa and I were at your school I got nervous thinking about high school for you, but then I realized, my nervousness was my own, not yours. Moms get nervous, we worry, it’s comes with the territory. I’ll always worry for you. Although I may worry, I’m always reassured by your strength, morals, and maturity. Seeing you work this weekend on your debate team notes just because is another example of how maybe I shouldn’t worry as much. You’re always planning ahead. 🙂 

A letter to my teen daughter. {ad}

And I love the way you caught me taking a picture of you working on your notes, and instead of blowing your breath with pure annoyance, you suggested I’d take a picture overhead because you knew about a post coming up. 

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1) Directing/Managing is in your future, kid. 2) You were right, it made for a good shot. 3) I love your selflessness and big heart! 

Your heart!!!

Your heart is big and pure and so filled with love for family, friends, and people you’ve never meant before.

I hope you’ll always be kind even when the world may not feel as kind back.

You know my heart jumped for joy when you told me you were joining the Random Acts of Kindness Club. ALSO… I’m still waiting on that answer to whether or not moms are allowed. I promise I can be cool!!

In a world where you can be anything: BE KIND

Your kind heart should have reminded me not to worry about our across country moves, but again, I’m a mom, I worry for you. You have once again shown me through our moves here and there that with your kind heart, wittiness, and fun personality you can make it anywhere. I’m so grateful that you have made wonderful friends along the way. 🙂 But there’s one friendship that never fails to warm my heart….

The Catcher Gearing Up| Softball

I admire the friendship/mentorship you have with your best friend, your little sister.

I  want to thank you so much for that. I cannot tell you how elated I am that my girls are the best of friends. It means the world to me that you two get along and that you’re helping to make sure she follows in such a wonderful path. You heard for yourself from your little sister, “I’m joining Student Council, because MAK did.” “And I really want to be treasurer.” That’s you, babe, you’re already inspiring!  

sisters

But honestly, you don’t just inspire her.

You inspire your brother,  friends, papa, but most of all you inspire me. I keep pushing and doing for you and for your siblings. All three of you (plus papa) have been the best encouragers of my life.

We’re so lucky to have you as the trailblazer that you are. I love you, baby!! Keep doing you!

XOXO

-Mama

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It’s so important to be encouragers to our teens now more than ever. Once you write your letter give it to your teen and maybe hand over a box of tissues. 🙂  I certainly had a box near me while I wrote my letter.

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Mommy Monday Blog Hop {197}

 

Welcome to the Mommy Monday Blog Hop, always #MMBH on social media!

Hello! I’m so glad you made it to the Mommy Monday Blog Hop! I cannot wait to see what you will share this week.

This week I’m sharing my Currently post.

Currently April {2016}

If you’d like, you still have time to link up your grateful post here for Thank You Notes.

Let me know what you’re sharing this week in the comments below. 🙂

 

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Mommy Monday Blog hop #MMBH featured blogger
Homeschooling and Parenting in Faith: Tips on Creating Special Meories with your Daughters

Montessori inspired phonics activities prek #MMBH mommy Monday Blog Hop
Living Montessori Now: Montessori Inspired Phonics Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Mommy Monday Blog Hop featured blogger
Dreaming of Leaving: Heavenly Blueberry Recipe Roundup

 

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My heart is full| Motherhood| Mommy Monday
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Mommy Monday Blog Hop {136}

 

Welcome to the Mommy Monday Blog Hop, always #MMBH on social media!

Welcome to week 136 of Mommy Monday, friends!!

I’m always proud of being a mommy, but this weekend I got such wonderful news that has this mama beaming with pride!! (I’ll share soon)

Motherhood| Mommy MondayBeing a mother is such a wonderful gift, I know there are tons of memes that make motherhood look crappy, and trust me there are crappy moments, but motherhood is far from crappy. I love being Mama to my three, even on crappy days. I have the opportunity to see these little people grow.. eh hem.. FLOURISH into wonderful humans. Hopefully, they’ll go out into this world and spread some or all that I’ve taught them (okay maybe not all, I’m not perfect). I hope they keep doing all the things that make them happy, keep gaining wrinkles in their brains, and spread kindness like glitter.My heart is full| Motherhood| Mommy Monday

You can purchase this print and others similar to this one here.

What are YOU sharing this week? What are you excited about this month? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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  The hosts select bloggers to be featured in the Mommy Monday Blog Hop each week. Next week it could be you!   Drum roll please! African American books that teach self love @tinytotsadventures Tiny Tots Adventures: African-American Books that Teach Self-Love photo editing with photoscape MOmmy monday featured blogger The Anti-June Cleaver : Edit your Photos Like a Boss with Photoscape Mommy monday blog hop featured blogger Laugh Out Loud Mommy: Is this how Epic Sibling Rivaries Begin? Definitely very well deserved. If you have been featured on the Mommy Monday Blog Hop, please grab a button and display it proudly!
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Currently| February 

Currently| Planning |Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes| A weekly link-up of gratitude inspired by Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress| Fridays

   

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Mommy Monday Blog Hop {129}

 

Welcome to the Mommy Monday Blog Hop, always #MMBH on social media!!

 

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Does anyone here celebrate St. Nicholas Day? If you do, I hope your boots were full this morning 🙂

St Nick's Day 2015

Christkindlmarket Santa Leavenworth WA

Wishing my Jewish friends a very Happy Hanukkah!

happy hanukkah

Hanukkah 2014

Let’s get this party started!! What post are you sharing this week?

I’m sharing my 10 Gifts for Bloggers Under $100

Gift Guide for Bloggers

Psst… Don’t forget to link-up your gratitude posts here.

Thank You Notes| Friday the 13th| World Kindness Day| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

 

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DIY #christmas #gift ideas #MMBH mommy monday bog hop
The Little Mommy: Do it Yourself Gift Ideas

thankful for #homeschool #MMBH featured blogger
BJ’s Homeschool: Why I Am Thankful for being a Homeschool Mom

HOiday cookie roundup Mommy monday bog hop featured bogger #MMBH
Dreaming of Leaving: Holiday Cookie Roundup

 

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Ripples

When I was younger I wanted to be like my mother, I thought she was the most beautiful and fancy woman in the world. Before my tomboy years, I remember stepping into her closet and running my hands across all her pretty clothes, I would stick my little pudgy feet in her high heel shoes and daydream in the mirror, and sometimes, if I was being extra bold, I would get into her Mary Kay. I didn’t like lotion back then- my dad would slather us with Johnson & Johnson’s all the time and I hated it, he swore by it– but my Mom’s Oil of Olay was a lotion that I didn’t mind, it smelled wonderful, it smelled like the most elegant womanly woman in the world.

Me at three

There are some things I do like my parents, there are actions of love that they have shown me throughout my life that have stuck with me. I always say I’m trying to do my best to raise good humans, I want to instill values, kindness, respect and love for others in my kids. Often times parents do not give themselves the credit they deserve. We’re doing a good job, and guess what, they notice! I see me in my kids, a lot! They do little things that make me smile and think, “Dean, you’re doing alright.”

This weekend they did it again, they WOWED me with their hearts, their kindness, and their love for others. For starters all three of them took such good care of me when I wasn’t feeling well, and that was super sweet. But there are two other stories I want to tell you about….

While out for a quick drop in at the grocery store for something easy to cook for dinner and cough drops on Friday afternoon with my 13 year-old daughter, we saw an action figure marked down 75% off on clearance. Now obviously my 13 year-old daughter isn’t into action heroes, but she thought we should get it. Her reasoning for wanting to purchase the action figure made me extremely happy, she wanted to give it away in a toy drive. “You know Christmas is coming, we could donate it, Momma.

Toy for toy drive

Later on that Friday my newly 10 year-old daughter asked my husband and I if we could go supply shopping for Uganda on Saturday. We were both puzzled because we hadn’t heard anything about school supplies for Uganda, so we asked her what she was talking about. She told us a speaker came to their school, a man who travels around the world, he went to Uganda and they need school supplies. The emotion in her voice and in her face as she told us more was contagious, she was fired up to help and so were we. Saturday we headed out to Michael’s and bought a few supplies there. When we got back home my daughter ran upstairs to get her old backpack (she just got a new monogramed one for her birthday, this month) and put the supplies in it. She then turned to us and told us, “The kids in Uganda don’t have very many books. Can I please give them some of our books?”  Umm yeah! Give ’em all the books, you sweet little creature!! I didn’t say that but boy that’s how I felt. She just made me so proud. She filled the backpack with books and came down and began to draw a picture for the children in Uganda. She was trying relentlessly to draw an elephant, because in her own words.. elephants are a symbol of peace.

Backpack for Uganda

I found this quote and thought it fit well:

Like a drop in the vast ocean, each of us causes ripples as we move through our lives. The effects of whatever we do – insignificant as it may seem – spread out beyond us. We may never know what far-reaching impact even the simplest action might have on our fellow mortals. Thus we need to be conscious, all of the time, of our place in the ocean, of our place in the world, of our place among our fellow creatures. -Margaret Weis

Maybe, just maybe, I caused this lovely generosity in my babies or maybe it was the acts of kindness from others. Parents, they’re watching. People, they’re watching! They are seeing us and hearing us, and they are mirroring us. They may even be getting into your Mary Kay as we speak. Is Mary Kay still a thing?

Let’s go cause ripples!

RandomAOK Challenge| Spread Kindness| Kindness Giveaway| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

I want to remind you that I’m still doing my Kindness Challenge, please, please, please come join me! I’m giving away some fun prizes to one kindhearted soul. 🙂 Your act of kindness does NOT have to be big or cost money.

Lifestyle, Motherhood, The Move

Across Country With THREE Kids, a Dog, and Our Sanity {Part IV}

HEY YOU’RE BACK!! Thanks for returning to hear more about my crazy road trip across America. I took a break from the series last week, this week things get REAL, not that they weren’t already real with you knowalmost dying in Indiana (that may have been slightly dramatic).  Wait… are you just catching this series? Well, then let’s get you all caught up. 🙂 Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 

Not All Who Wander Are Lost| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

Breakdown

This is it. This is where I lose my freakin’ mind and UGLY CRY! This is where I don’t care who is in the truck, I don’t hide behind my shades and silently cry to myself, I don’t care. So many of you kept saying I was so strong, and I thank you, but I’m not anymore strong than you are. That road trip was testing my level of sanity. I would finally meet my breaking point in Wisconsin.The Littles Road trip 2015

Road Trip Across Country with THREE kiddos

The day we left Chicagoland the weather was supposed to be rainy, but when we left it was beautiful, the sun was shining, the Starbucks was flowing, and we were still on a sugar high. However, ahead of us, unknowingly, we were about to face a storm. The sky in Wisconsin looked erie, I knew we were about to go into something that I did not want to. We couldn’t turn around, nobody could, we all kept driving into the darkness ahead. The sky would clear up a bit and we would think “YAY, we drove through it!,” but then it would return with a smirk and a little more glum.

The water poured from the sky beating hard on our truck on all our stuff tied down with ratchet straps and that wonderfully beautiful blue tarp. We could barely see 2 feet in front of us, I was scared, we were scared. Thankfully, we saw a gas station ahead. We parked under the awning at the gas station, we weren’t the only ones who did this, that gas station was packed! Not everyone was purchasing gas under the awning, but people were filling up on road trip snacks. Me? Well, I was breaking down! Hail started to pelt our truck and the awning, the rain looked like it was never going to stop, and I lost it.

I wanna go home…

I cried so hard. I think I may have even said a few colorful words. I know I said this, “I just want to go HOME!” But the thing about that is, I don’t know where home is. We were driving to Washington, sure, but it wasn’t home, nor did we have a place to stay yet. (We were still waiting on corporate housing to be set up for us.) South Carolina was actually starting to feel like home, but that house was not ours, it was already in the process of being revamped for the owner to takeover.

We had just left Illinois and that felt like home, but when I said HOME, I’m not sure what I wanted geographically. I just knew I wanted to be off the road with my family, we could just all be together safely watching Netflix, eating popcorn, or maybe, I did want South Carolina. I don’t know I was confused, did I really like South Carolina? (I kind of do, and if I’m being honest, I DO miss South Carolina, I miss the beach! But..maybe… I’m just missing living the memories…)

Home is the nicest word there is. Nancy Ingalls Wilder| Quote| Quotes by women| That's What She Said Link-up

I’m not strong. I’m human. I’m humanly flawed. I’m sitting here crying, again! Have you ever read The Fault In Our Stars? Do you remember when Augustus puts the cigarette in his mouth? He doesn’t give the cigarette the power.

It's a metaphor FIOS

It's a metaphor

Okay? Okay.

Sometimes I feel like Augustus, no I do not carry around cigarettes to show them who’s boss, I have more of a placebo, not a metaphor.  I carry around a bottle of Xanax. I know they are there if I need them, but just having them makes me feel better. I don’t take them, and surprisingly after all the BS I went through while on the road, I still did not take them. That doesn’t make me strong at all. If I would have taken them perhaps my chest wouldn’t have felt like I ran a marathon, I may not have melted down, or I wouldn’t have spent my time in the shower crying.

I knew if I would have taken the Xanax chances were I would have fallen asleep. I didn’t want to sleep, I wanted to keep my eyes on the road. I’ve had that bottle for a year now. It’s been one whole year. Having it near me in my purse as an option made me feel a little better, snapping my wrist, chewing on Altoids, and counting all helped out . (Lavender helps too.) Crying uncontrollably in the truck was kind of a low point for me. I felt bad, sad, and mad, but when you’re a Mommy, you have to pull it together. I finally calmed myself after letting it out, and plus the kids were being so sweet to me, I had to stop.

The cure for anything is salt water

Running in the rain into the gas station helped.  The rain washed away my tears and seeing others going through a similar situation kind of made me feel better, like we weren’t alone. The ran finally slowed and we got back on the road. We drove through more rain, but nothing as bad as we had in Wisconsin.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4, and  End of the Road.

Thanks for following along!! XOXO

 

You're doing a great job, mama!
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Mommy Monday Blog Hop {106}

Welcome to The Mommy Monday Blog Hop

Happy Monday!

You're doing a great job, mama!

I thought this was worth sharing again in the event you’re not a Mommy Monday email subscriber, we shared this image and this-> link  in the email this week. We just wanted to remind you that you’re awesome! We’re quick to forget all the wonderful things we do as mothers.

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In other news, did you realize we are halfway done with 2015?!?!?

I cannot believe it myself. I had a little time to reflect on my words Tuesday, I would love for you to take a look.

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want.Madonna Quote That's What She Said

Did you write any goals or choose a word for this year? If you did how are you doing thus far?

My goal this week is to visit as many links as I can below, I hope you will join me!

Let’s Party!!

“Mrs.AOK,

 

Mommy Monday #bloghop #mondayformoms Live every single Sunday night 8PM EST

 

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The hosts select bloggers to be featured in the Mommy Monday Blog Hop each week. Next week it could be you!

 

Drum roll please!
Nutella popsicle recipes mommy monday blog hop featured blogger #mondayformoms

Jellibean Journals: Nutella Popsicles

mommy monday blog hop featured blogger #Mondayformoms

The End in Mind: Take One With You

Teach Indian Culture through Hindi Nursery Rhymes

Pragmatic Mom: Teach Indian Culture through Hindi Nursery Rhymes

 

Definitely very well deserved. If you have been featured on the Mommy Monday Blog Hop, please grab a button and display it proudly!

 

MrsAOK, A Work In Progress

 

 

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Mommy Monday Blog Hop {104} + Father’s Day Love

Welcome to The Mommy Monday Blog Hop!!

Happy Mommy Monday!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. My weekend was all about spoiling my babies’ daddy. 🙂 He’s a lucky guy… but really we’re both pretty lucky. We got married super young and the odds were totally against us statistically, but you all know what I always say… #LoveWins! I’m crazy in love with my husband, and seeing him be a “Papa” (dad) just makes me love him even more.

Mrs. AOK, A Work in Progress: And then there were FIVE.

Pumpkin Picking Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

Walking King Street Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

 

BestCoachEver

 

BB-photo-5

 

(The bee and the bee keeper)

 

Papa & Daughter

Real Men

Shout out to my dad! Congrats on making me!! 😀

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Let’s get the party started!!

“Mrs.AOK,

 

Mommy Monday #bloghop #mondayformoms Live every single Sunday night 8PM EST

 

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1) Follow all your co-hosts. Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower and we will follow back.

 

2) If you want our button, feel free to grab it from up top! Just remember, more buttons going up means more exposure for all of us!

 

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The hosts select bloggers to be featured in the Mommy Monday Blog Hop each week. Next week it could be you!

 

Drum roll please!

How I #unschool #homeschool mommy monday blog hop featured blogger

Nourishing My Scholar: Why We Homeschool/Unschool

#DIY Eye Makeup Tututorial Mommy Monday Blog Hop Featured Blogger #mondayformoms

Lauren McBride Blog: Eye Make-up for Tired Eyes

Lemon desserts to celebrate summer Mommy Monday blog hop featured blogger

Dizzy Busy and Hungry: 20 Lemon Desserts to Celebrate Summer

 

Definitely very well deserved. If you have been featured on the Mommy Monday Blog Hop, please grab a button and display it proudly!

 

MrsAOK, A Work In Progress

 

 

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If you have questions, please contact Tiffany here: Mrstee {at} mrsteelovelifelaughter {dot} com

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#MotherhoodChat is BACK!!

I’m excited to share some wonderful news… #MotherhoodChat is back!

MotherhoodChat2015

What is #MotherhoodChat? Well, besides being Mother’s day every Sunday…

Motherhood Chat will be a weekly Twitter chat for mothers about all things motherhood. #MotherhoodChat will help to provide mothers with a judgment-free space to talk, vent, work things out and share tips. In the past #MotherhoodChat has provided such exuberant energy- it’s absolutely lovely to see Mamas bond miles away.
Sometimes, mothers can be the harshest on other mothers, and that is NOT what MotherhoodChat is about. We want to provide a welcoming environment for all mothers and mothers-to-be, consider #MotherhoodChat a chat amongst friends. 🙂
Here is the story behind MotherhoodChathttp://www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com/2014/03/motherhood-town-hall-chatmotherhoodchat.html.  I urge you to read why #MotherhoodChat was formed, I believe this will give you a better understanding of why we (mothers) came together.  Motherhood isn’t easy, but it’s easier when you have a village.  Let’s build one together 🙂
When is #MotherhoodChat?
Every Sunday night 9:00 – 10:00 PM EST on Twitter using the hasthtag #MotherhoodChat

Who are your hosts:

Me MChat

Twitter: @Mrs_AOK  Blog: Mrs. AOK, A Work in Progress

Crystal

Twitter: @TidbitsofExperi  Blog: Tidbits of Experience

 KristinTwitter: @Krisnaturally

Tenns

  Twitter: @BlissandFaith Blog: Bliss and Faith

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  @MrsTeeh Blog: MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter 

Who hope to see you every Sunday!

This Sunday we will discuss building a village.

In My World Of Multitasking
Sometimes parenthood is tough| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress| Parenthood|Raising a Tween
Motherhood

Mark My Words.

Sunday, I said, “I know I will have to teach them more things that are hard, but that’s okay, that is what I’m here for. #Parenthood.”  So, less than 48 hours later, I had to eat my words.  I had to teach my daughter, 12, that sometimes the world isn’t so pretty.  Not that she hasn’t heard or seen things, but this type of situation has never been in our face.  We have always tried to move into the “good neighborhoods” the neighborhoods that are barley touched by crime, and  we were usually able to shield her from bad news.

Sometimes parenthood is tough| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress| Parenthood|Raising a Tween

She is getting older, things are getting harder to hide, and we live in small-town USA.  My daughter is currently conditioning with the high school softball team, she is not on the team, but she may be one day, we will see.  (That is neither here nor there.)  My point is she is around older kids from the high school and they will talk, but then again the kids in her own school will talk.  So, instead of what my husband and I have done for so many years, we told her what happened on Sunday night.

I found out Monday morning, that our quiet little beach town ‘burb was not free of violence and stupidity.  Okay, I already knew it was not free of the latter, but this really was stupid, and sad, and sickening. And WTF.  I’m trying to find words, because it is just terribly hard as a mother to fathom.                                                               Another young life was taken too soon, and sadly it came from the hands of another young life. Two 16 year old boys got into a fight and sadly a family lost one of them.

My husband and I sat down and talked with our almost teenager to tell her what went on, and why (well.. from what the news reported).  She was in pure shock, she could not comprehend why, nor can I.   Today, she came home and told me the kids and teachers at school talked about the incident.  As much as it pained us {my husband and I} to tell her about the situation, I’m glad we did.  We were able to have an open conversation, we were able to let her know once again that NOTHING is too big for us to talk about, come to us.  I feel like our conversations are growing in the depth and as much as sometimes I enjoy that…. there are times I just want to talk Dora again.

Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress: Me and my girls 3