Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Knowing Kate

Today is a Kate day.. That simply means that I'm spending a moment reflecting on what all is great about my Kate.

If you knew me when Kate was a toddler, you'd know that she was the ultimate of life's challenges. She was an absolute Pill! I remember countless times of having to leave stores because she was laid out on the floor pitching fits that she couldn't have the toy she wanted. Or, I remember the days that we had to rig her bedroom door to stay closed because we couldn't get her to stay in her bedroom at bedtime. I also remember the day she was kicked out of First Baptist Woodway's Mother's Day Out for biting the teacher.. and the day that my sweet friend, Shannon took her in at Highland Mother's Day Out. Boy, I bet Shannon regreted that after having to hire an extra person to sit in a room with her during nap and hold her so tightly she couldn't move. Then came the phone call for me to pick her up early on Tuesday and Thursday because she was bothering the other kids.

There are countless stories about my Kate as a toddler. I think it was the year she started PreSchool that she changed. I remember Chad and I expecting the teacher to call and say, "Come get this kid NOW!".. Well, that didn't happen. We got one good report after the other and that was that. She blossomed into this sweet little girl that enjoys rules and guidelines.

Now, she is my best helper and such a natural little mommy to the little ones. She genuinely cares about others and is a true pleaser. She doesn't have much of a sassy mouth and seems to truly enjoy spending time with both Chad and me. It's just wierd the transition.

If you know Kate now, you probably don't hear much from her. She has really turned into a little intravert. She is very outgoing with her friends and, of course, family, but I just can't get her to come out of her shell with adults. Any ideas on that are appreciated!

But, for now, I just enjoy the talks we have and the little girl she still is. I'm guessing I only have a few more months until the almost 11 year old wants to trade in her American Girl Dolls and Build a Bears for make up and a razor. AHHH! It's bad enough that she's had to tell boys at school that she's not allowed to DATE. As IF!

So, if you have a little one that's giving you the biggest struggle of your life, just keep submitting it to prayer and Keep "Believing God". It is possible for a terrible toddler to turn into a terrific tween!


Chastity said...

So good to know. My little Haven can already split every hair on my head...and she's not even one yet! I am so glad that you wrote truly encourages me. There are days when I don't know if I am going to make it with, in those days, I will refer back to this post...thanks Kes.

Amy said...

What a sweet post!

Five Musgraves at Ten Oaks said...

That is such an encouraging testimony!!! I praise the Lord for sweet Kate! On the talking to adults thing, I have an 18 yr. old who was extremely shy . . . many stories later that child blossomed around 16-17 as we prepared for a youth mission trip. He learned he was valuable in God's kingdom and that the Lord could use him to share the Gospel and minister to others. This was something he had been taught his whole life, but to see it become a reality was truly life-changing!!! I used to want to tell other adults, "Please, don't give up on him, keep speaking to him, etc...." because some of them probably thought this kid doesn't like me or is a waste of my effort, etc.... They just mature at such different times though, and each one is sooooo valuable :) They all need so much prayer and encouragement!

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify...I don't remember regretting having Kate in MDO at all! She did keep us busy at nap time, but she was a sweetie more than she wasn't. -shannon