by Kelli Artherton
When I found out I was having a second girl I was overjoyed! I actually cried more the second time when I found out we were having a girl than I did the first time.
I have always wanted a sister. The immediate best friend, someone to tell your secrets to, someone to share your clothes with and much more. I thought having a sister would be the best thing in the world. So when we found out we were having our second girl I thought this is going to be great! I can handle this. I already have one girl, how can this be any different? We will be walking down easy street!
Brooklyn, my oldest, is your typical first child. She is very motherly, nurturing, listens, understands and mature beyond her age of 6. Brooklyn is the second little momma in our household. It is quite funny to watch her take charge. She loves to clean, is very neat and tidy, doesn’t talk back and is just happy to do anything I ask of her. I don’t want to paint the picture as if she is perfect, because just like any 6 year old she has her moments.
Our youngest Addison (3), well… she is something else. She challenges me daily. She couldn’t be more different than Brooklyn. Addison is extremely energetic, spontaneous, funny, hard-headed, insistent, messy and fun-loving. She is my child that always pushes the envelope, trying to see just how far she can go. Don’t get me wrong, I love them each the same. I know God has given me two very different little girls because he has big plans for each of them.
Addison is going to be a strong individual that won’t stand down when she knows she is right. I feel she may even be the voice for someone who doesn’t feel they have a voice. The world needs more people like this. I recently read a devotion that said I don’t want to raise a “good” child I want to raise a “God” child. I used to pray for God to help me with Addison. Help me understand her impulsive, challenging behavior. I would pray to have patience with her.
Now I pray to raise a God child. I pray to raise the children God intended them to be. To help make sure I get them on the right path that God has planned for them. I know without a doubt that both of my girls have big futures. I only pray that I don’t distract them from that path by not understanding them.
I am so blessed beyond measure to have my two little girls. They are the thing that keeps me going throughout the day. Both of my girls are very loving, sweet and caring. I love watching them grow up together. Addison loves her big sissy and asks for Brooklyn the minute she wakes up. She wants to be by her side every second of the day.
Brooklyn feels the same way, even though sometimes she won’t admit it. When Brooklyn gets off the school bus she immediately asks for Addison and wants to hug her. She loves to teach her new things. It truly brings tears to my eyes to watch them together. They do of course have their “sister” moments. The “I was playing with that first,” “it’s my turn to pick a movie,” or “leave me alone.” Those won’t be the moments any of us remember. We will remember the times they insisted on sleeping together, the hugs and the laughter. We will remember the sweet moments that happen in between the disagreements.
I know little boys are just as sweet, but for me I love being a girl mom. I get asked daily if we are going to “try” for a boy. To be honest, I would be perfectly happy to have only girls. My girls are my best friends and I have no doubt we will only grow closer throughout our lives. I can’t wait to watch them mature into strong beautiful women that I know they will be.
I love you girls! You are both beautiful, strong, caring and perfect! You each have a heart of gold and I have no doubt you will change the world. So Addison keep challenging me because it will only prepare you for your the amazing future God has planned for you. I love you both with all my heart. Love, Mommy