It's been...an interesting week. Full of work, activities, school, daycare, etc...all good, and very busy, of course. So, I wanted to take a bit of a different angle this week, and gather some words of advice for our two children...
To Ava: I hope that you grow to be a strong woman (since you're such a strong-willed girl, I don't think it's a far stretch that you will be a woman of strength.) I pray that you stay true to your beliefs, and never let anyone mistreat you, or devalue your worth. No matter who you may befriend, fall in love with, or work for, always be true to yourself. Never be ashamed to make a change if you realize that you aren't being treated as you should. I believe that if someone isn't giving you the respect that you deserve, you will have the strength to put your foot down, draw a line, or make a decision. Respect yourself enough to remove those people who don't hold that same level of respect for you. You are one of a kind, and worth more than you will ever know.
To Garrett: I hope that you grow to be a loyal and hard-working man, just like your father. Your dad would do anything, for anyone...and I pray that you inherit that same sense of selflessness. I want you to learn to treat every person you meet with respect, kindness, and an open mind. Be especially kind to women and children, and never use your strength (physical, mental, or emotional) against them. A true man is able to see when someone is hurting, and instead of causing any additional pain, will do what he can to help them. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle, and can benefit from a strong person by their side.
To both: if anyone treats you as an option, do not make them a priority. Life is simply too short to spend it with those who don't value you for the amazing people you are!
And yes, everything is perfectly fine! Scott and Ava went up north for the weekend, so I've had some great one-on-one time with G this weekend. I held him for several hours yesterday, soaking in all that adorable baby-ness, and innocence...and then once he went to bed, I treated myself to the Snow White and The Huntsman movie. Looks like even when Ava isn't here, I still need a bit of a Disney princess fix. Although, this movie was anything but light and fluffy! But, kinda what I needed to see...this princess was strong and brave, just how I want my Ava to grow up!