We celebrated Molly’s birthday today (2 days early) with something that she loves: shopping. She and I took a nearly 6 hour venture to the mall so she could spend her birthday and back-to-school clothes shopping money. I haven’t taken a shopping trip like that in a very long time and it was so much fun. Molly is growing into such a good young woman and I have so much fun spending time with her.
For all that Molly enjoys shopping, she does not enjoy having her picture taken. Can you tell? She is such a beautiful girl, even when she is scowling.
After shopping, I picked up Molly’s dinner request (a salad from Wendy’s) and then she got ready for soccer practice. When she got home we lit the candles on her pink lemonade confetti cake. I realized after the fact that it could also be a Seahawks cake.
I hope all of Molly’s birthday wishes come true. I can’t believe that she is turning twelve! On Sunday, she gave her last talk in Primary and it made both Ben and I tear up and we weren’t the only ones. She graduates to Young Women’s (our church youth group for girls age 12-18) this week and she is so excited. The Young Women already welcomed her in with a swimming/ice cream party at the lake. They really are a great group of girls.
Molly is such a good girl and such an important part of our family. I really feel lost when she’s not home. She worked so hard at school this last year (all on her own accord) and I know she will do great at Junior High. She joined a new select soccer team and has been working her tush off. Her conditioning and training at practices is no joke. Her first tournament is coming up and she is so excited.
Molly is sensitive, kind and loving. I catch her doing little thoughtful acts of kindness all the time, always without being asked and always without wanting recognition for them. She is still a voracious reader and reads all kinds of books. I love that if she finds something she thinks I’ll like, she passes it along to me to read next. Molly is also still a lover of animals. She loves anything and everything with fur. Toby and little Pixie are in good hands.
I love that Molly thinks through decisions really well and tries to always follow the rules. She is responsible, dependable, a great big sister, and a loyal friend. I am so lucky to have her as a daughter and as a friend.
Molly we love you!