my niece kelly, canon digital rebel xti
I get to spend time with this beauty over the weekend. She's on her way with some girlfriends to our city for a cheerleading competition she's participating in (Bring it On...totally). I also get to see my sweet sister (her mom) and get some snuggles in while we're rooting for our blond babe doing gymnastics all over the floor.
I spoke to Kelly last night on the phone for awhile. Its her last year of high school and her brain is wrapping itself around how much her life is evolving as she goes away to college, friends move away, boyfriend stays at a nearby college and a new journey begins.
I find myself in awe of her wisdom at such a young age. I also melted one hundred times as she continued to ask for my thoughts on decisions she is about to make or not make. I got a tiny taste of the sweetness of parenthood as I shared with her some of my experiences similar to what she is going through and how they influenced my life. I realized in our conversation how important it is to encourage her to think for herself and dive into her own inner wisdom. I asked her a lot of questions, rather than answering them for her. It was sweet to see by the end of our conversation that she felt really empowered to tap into her inner voice and felt the freedom to take one moment at a time rather than rush into emotional decisions.
Another thing that melted my heart was that she listened....truly listened about our adoption journey. I was again in awe of how insightful she was, without me needing to share all the details, about the birth mom and what her emotions might be about the whole process. She was seeing it at all angles and showed such sensitivity and warmth. You never know how people are going to react about adoption and I've been so blessed at the support from my family and friends. Kelly was full of anticipation about holding her little cousin soon and being a mentor and friend to our child. I have two amazing nieces that are now young adults that will be wonderful examples of independent, strong, deep thinking, creative women to our child. Like big sisters...much like I had.
I'm not sure if I can get a camera into the arena so that I can show you a few of her groovy moves and stunts...but I'll try.
We adore you, Kelly boo.