Which sounds strange but that freak-out is part of what made this last game so memorably sweet in my eyes.
It’s amazing that apology and forgiveness can be done that quick sometimes.
And that we all get second, and third and seventy-seventh chances.
I was SO GLAD for that turn of events (after the emotional part) so I could watch that girl of mine do her thing one last time. She even joined in for the back-handspring-across-the-court dealio which she hadn’t done before.
What if I had missed that??
Love that this girl of mine has leaned so much with these girls, and worked so hard.
And I love that I got to be there to witness the wrap-up.
The courts and fields of high school sports are going to be a little more dull without that bright light on the sidelines next year, but I think the tennis courts are going to be lit up with her presence…she’s thinking that’s next.
Why would the other girls drop their gear off at your house early, why not bring it themselves when they get to the conference? She had to cheer and then race to an overnight youth conference, why is she responsible to load up the other kids stuff in your car? She seemed as busy, maybe more busy than you. Should you have maybe said no to helping that much with the conference? It's okay to say no. Especially when there are over the top expectations.
Kris, you are mean. I'm usually not a "defender" but, wow. Grace should have helped if her mother asked her to help… period. Which is neither here nor there – we all have kids who aren't perfect, and we all have moments we regret and if you say you don't you're a liar.
Haven't you ever heard, "Be kind or be quiet"?
And before you say that Shawni puts her life out there so everything is fair game – what you comment on blogs (or say in person) is simply a reflection of yourself. You don't have to read here, you know. And if it brings out judgmental tendencies and snarkiness (and clearly, displeasure), you shouldn't.
Who am I being mean to? Shawni or Grace? I sincerely don't know? Encouraging shawni to say no to stuff I meant to be kind. Don't you think Grace had enough on her plate at that moment? The child was hardly being lazy so not sure what parenting lesson her mom needed to teach her at that moment. She was fine with time management as she managed cheer and the overnight thing. Good gosh she took a bath the only chance she had that to do so. She wouldn't be able to until the next day, she was on an overnight youth conference. Isn't the prep of getting the hair and makeup done all part of the cheer responsibility? It certainly wasn't anything she could delegate to someone else. Maybe the conference should simply be for several hours if many kids were coming late it would seem the kids in the area are overflowing with other activities. Isn't there a power of moms lesson about saying no, her sister seems to promote the idea you should not say yes to everything for your own sanity. Is her sister mean? Other parents say no, she was surprised to find another parent was able to drive after having said no. Is saying no a sin?
I'm always wondering why you feel this need to nitpick and call people out on so many things you see as wrong. No one is perfect, we all know that, but I think Shawni is an incredible mother. So if someone doesn't deserve nitpicking, it's a mother like her.
If I remember correctly Shawni is one of the youth leaders. Also, it sounds like the other girls' stuff that had been dropped off early belonged to the girls that were going to the conference later. On top of that, from my understanding, Grace hadn't packed which needed to be done if Shawni was to get on her way; so in a way, Grace was derailing her mom's efforts. And, I don't think Shawni wanted Grace to be responsible for the others' stuff, she just wanted some help, which isn't uncommon.
I'm an adult, but I still stay away from my mother whenever she is packing and therefore stressed (helping doesn't really help her). 🙂
Good that the two of you had a date which helped you relax! And I'm impressed by Grace!
In the spirit of Ash Wednesday, can't we decide to give up gossip and negativity for 40 Lent?
Thank you, Shawni, for sharing pieces of your life. Some days I'm entertained, some days I learn parenting tips, some days I'm reminded of my college years at U of A and miss the dessert landscape.
Grace is such a cutie! I'm sure everyone on her team will miss her next year, but I'm sure there's so much excitement in store with whatever comes next. When I was a teenager I TOTALLY would have done something exactly like Grace as my poor frazzled mom was trying to get us out the door for a big event (I used to catch heat for taking forever to fix my hair or change my clothes 1000 times) but now that I'm a mom I understand the "trip mode" we moms get in!
Oh I've has to bite me tongue.
Shawni, we've been there, and still are most days. There are some days you just need some help, no questions just help and to find them not helping sends your into your crazy place. . Haha.. I'm there a lot. I know for me it's when I'm not as prepared as I should be and then my kids add onto the stress in those types of situations. We've all been there. It's good that we can talk about them too. Your the best x
Thanks for being real. Excited for Grace and what comes next.
It's strange that you've been on my mind today, since we've never met. But I have to say thank you for sharing life, and recipes, with your readers. Last week, I made bread for the first time ever, and then again this week! Also, tonight I fed the missionaries the Levian cookies you shared. I am truly uplifted by this blog. Thank you, thank you!
Thank you (and Grace) for sharing this! It's always comforting to know that you're human too- I admire your light and goodness so much. Thank you for being real and still so uplifting.
Thank you for sharing life is not all smiles and lovingness. Appreciate your kindness in sharing. Mothering is all about trying again and again to do and be better!
This made me tear up because sometimes life is stressful but so amazing at the same time. You are an amazing mom and example. Thank you for sharing snippets of your life.
Wow! And I feel like my schedule is jam packed! I think down time is a very necessary part of health and success but like many mothers cannot seem to get enough for myself. This has poor results in my patience and mood much like Shawni describes here. Thanks for your honest, Shawni. And good job to Grace for finding a few minutes of peace in the bath! Sounds like she was getting ready for a very busy weekend.
Thanks for sharing your melt down! Its good to know I am not alone when a crazy week builds up to the breaking point. And thank goodness for amazing husbands who help calm us down and think rationally again. It is good to know I am in good company.
Thanks for sharing this moment. And thank you Grace for letting you share and being vulnerable! I think we can all relate! Life just gets stressful and gets the better of us sometimes. We're all in this together. Thanks for letting us know we're not alone! 😉
Shawni – Thank you for putting yourself out there. I always enjoy and learn from your writing. I'm in the same position many days dealing with kids and schedules and oftentimes do not handle them with the grace that I know I should. I appreciate your honesty. Please keep sharing with the world even though there are haters out there. You are amazing!
Thank you for the kindness, ladies. I never want to look back on life and think that everything was butterflies and rainbows because let's face it, it's just not. And it's a little harder to share "real life" with teenagers in order to protect the privacy of the "not-so-innocent," (including myself, ha!) so I was glad Grace didn't mind if I shared this. Motherhood is a continual learning process and yes, usually I'm the one who makes the biggest mistakes. Thank goodness my kids are pretty valiant teachers:)