AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: July 17, 2013 | COMMENTS: 1 Comment
CATEGORIES: 1015 The River, Daughters, Focusing on The Joy, Little girls,
When I was an 8th grade teacher back in the 90s our parish school had a tradition. Right around May Day the second grade class would plan an all school mass centered around their first communions. It was a special service that began with all of the first communicants processing in wearing their first communion garb. The boys looked cute enough in their blue blazers and ties, but the girls. Oh the little girls with veils and gloves and pretty white dresses. They looked angelic.
That annual mass was always bittersweet for me. I was thrilled to be the mother of two boys. Drew and Ryan have been (and always will be) a joy to parent. But there was something about watching those little girls that set off a soft pang of desire in my heart.
I’d always pictured myself with a daughter, and at the time I didn’t think she was ever going to come to me.
Little did I know what God had in store for us.
When I was pregnant in 2008 I had a feeling my baby might be a girl. Sean was adamant we keep the gender a surprise, so when we heard those delivery room words, “It’s a girl” we were both over the moon.
One of the things I worry most about raising my three daughters is how to teach them to treat others kindly while bolstering their self-esteem. I make a point to search out activities for Mary Kate that will teach her the invaluable lessons of “do unto others” and a sense of self-worth. I was so excited when I heard about a young woman in our community that is making it her business to do just the same thing.
A few weeks ago I took Mary Kate to a fairy-garden building party. It was hosted by Laurel Lovitt (aka. Princess Laurel) and oh.my.goodness…what a wonderful afternoon it was.
Princess Laurel in real life is a very intuitive and creative student at the University of Toledo. She’s studying sales and marketing and my guess is…given her ingenuity…she’s got a great future.
Then each child picked out her fairy…or as Laurel explained…the fairy picked the child. Vidya, the fairy of the fast, chose Mary Kate and she couldn’t have been more thrilled considering the slight emphasis on running in our household!
Of course, MK ate the whole experience up, but for me? For me it was so special. I get super sentimental sometimes when I’m watching my girls. Like I’m watching a dream. There was such a long time in my life that I thought I’d never have a daughter.
Now I have three.
So grateful…so, so very grateful for all five of my children (princes included…obviously!)
My fairy princess…
Princess Laurel is currently accepting registrations for two fairy garden building parties the week of July 21st. You can register here. In addition, she has a full schedule of events coming up and is available to do birthday parties in your home, as well. You can contact her here.