Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great Teenagers Are All Around Us

I just want to document this story because I never want to forget the kindness of several teenagers in Lily's life.

Lily started her first day as a junior at a new school on September 6th. When she headed out the door that morning I was impressed with her poise and calm spirit. She was going to a building with approximately 800 more students than she was with in North Carolina. Lily didn't convey many fears about this new experience but I kept thinking about what she would do at lunch. 

Lily headed for lunch on her first day at school and knew no one in that lunch block. With confidence and I;m sure a little apprehension, she approached a group of girls and asked if they would mind if she joined them for lunch. She explained that she was new and didn't know anyone. They said sure and were all willing to share their lunches with her when they found out she hadn't brought lunch that day. One of the girls got up to go to the lunch line and as she walked away from the table she asked Lily if she was allergic to anything. Lily said no. When they girl returned, she brought back a chicken salad for Lily. Yes, really!!!

Now, when Lily came home from her first day at her new school and relayed this story to me, I was overwhelmed. I think I even asked her to pause for a minute so I could compose myself. As a mom, my heart was so incredibly thankful for the kindness of a stranger.  A teenager who went out of her way to make another teenager feel good and included. 

When I retell this story I'm amazed at the number of people who have said, "oh my goodness, I would never have had the nerve to approach a group of girls like Lily did". I agree. I know that I would have been too shy to do something like that. And, I'm also happy to be able to tell adults that my daughter goes to a high school where people are kind and they make others feel good. And, yes there are some really great teenagers out there. In fact, I think there are more good teenagers than there are the bad ones who we hear about most often.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Baby Fynley

I ran across some sweet pictures of Fynley the other day. These were taken right after she came to live with us. 

It's difficult to capture a little black dog in photos. She was so tiny then.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

White Heron

We have this beautiful white heron who lives near the water behind our house. I was able to snap a few pictures of her the other day.

Friday, September 09, 2016

8th Annual Back to School Tea

Each year the girls and I have a Back to School Tea. We talk about their day and listen to each other's highs and lows. It's a great way for them to unwind and always something they look forward to at the start of the school year.

This year I went to my favorite local bakery and picked up goodies for them there. Plaza Bakery has the best petit fours and the girls agreed, they are delicious.


Preparing the table

Tasty treats

A Lilly gift for Lily

A gift for Shelly from one of our favorite gift shops

Happy girls after their first day

Thursday, September 08, 2016


We anticipated the arrival of tropical storm Hermine over the Labor Day weekend. We went to 80th street to see the beach on Friday night. The winds were starting and we watched a couple guys kite boarding in the strong winds. Hermine's impact was much less than expected and for that I am very grateful.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

First Day/New School

Tuesday was the first day of a new school year for the girls. There were lots of mixed feelings about this school year, but also some very upbeat attitudes. 

Lily headed out for the day first. She would be embarking on a whole new school building, new teachers, new people! She did such a great job and she encountered some great girls along the way. Proud of this junior!

Next up was Shelly (2 hours later). She woke up with a great attitude and was ready to go. She walked into school with a friend and was so happy to have someone else by her side. Such a brave 7th grader. 

A very good day was had by all! 

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Car for Lily

We spent quite a bit of time searching for the perfect vehicle for Lily. We finally found it about 45 minutes from us. It fit all of the qualifications and she is so happy to have some freedom. It's a whole new world watching her pull out of the driveway.