We are on the verge of wrapping up another girls' retreat. This has always been one of my favorite trips because it is just a great time hanging out with all the girls of youth group and getting to know them better. Each of them is beautiful, smart, and caring and it would be an honor and a blessing to have any of them as my daughter. If I had a daughter though I would want her to be:
As crazy and daring as Eliza. I have watched her come out of her shell this weekend. When she wants to do something she does it like going in the ocean when it is cold out. An adventurous heart is something that everyone needs.
As giggly and cute as Avery. Avery has an infectious way of making you laugh by just simply laughing herself. She brings a smile to my face any time I am with her and that is something that value so very much!
As kind hearted as Maryssa. Maryssa has a loving soul and is willing to do anything or anyone. I can always count on her help whenever there is a project that I need help with she is there with open arms to help me complete the task.
As family orientated as Margaret. Margaret has a love for her family. You can see it in her interactions with her brother and sister and her mother and father. Their family is very close and you can see the love they have for each other. I have watched them for such a long time and Margaret shows me that through all of her interactions with her family.
As observant as Alex. Alex notices every detail. She can tell you when something is wrong or if something or someone is missing. Although we joke about it sometimes, I admire her for it. I am not as observant as she is and some things I observe I am not comfortable enough to share with others.
As open as Kenzie. Kenzie is always willing to share her thoughts and feelings and participate in any discussion we are having whether in youth group or just the two of us talking. I always know where I stand with Kenzie and that is something you don't always get in your relationships with people.
As loving as Liz. Liz always has a hug and a smile for you. She has a loving heart and when she cares about you you know it! Showing affection is something that so many people have a problem with and often it leaves people wondering how you feel about them. Liz lets you know!
As understanding as Temple. Temple willingness to listen to people and care about them is a quality that not everyone possesses. She will listen and comfort anyone that comes to her with a problem. You can always count on Temple to be there for you.
As beautiful as Harper., All the girls are beautiful but I see everyday how beautiful Harper's heart is. She is beautiful on the outside but her love and caring of others, her willingness to share and listen to others, her willingness to serve and do mission work shows her inside beauty.
As determined as Danielle. Danielle, has school, work, theater, babysitting, a social life, and still makes every youth event a priority. She has a determination which is God given because it allows her to do what she wants but not miss out on what is most important to her.
As creative as Grace. I learned a lot about Grace's writing talents this weekend and her willingness to share those talents with us. Creativity is a spice of life to me. I think it is such an important part of life and Grace is full of creativity.
As patient as Sophie. Sophie is so patient. She sits and listens and pays attention and always follows through on assignments I give her. She is a valued member of our leadership team and her patience is a virtue that not everyone has. It is such a valuable thing in life to have patience.
We are all blessed by the children and youth of this world. Enjoy them why you can because soon they will be the adults of this world!