Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time ~Oswald Chambers

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Sweet Carly Grace

I wasn't quite prepared for the photo shoot that would provide the pictures for this week's Sunday Snapshot.  Otherwise I would have thrown a hairbrush into the camera bag...

But when my normally camera-shy cutie decides to flash her gorgeous smile for the camera when we are outside on a picture-perfect day, well then, I'll just be content to let those little details go and enjoy the moment.

Months before she entered this world, I knew that she would be my Caroline Grace.  In my mind's eye, I could just see the sweet smocked dresses and matchy-matchy hair bows that would adorn my little princess.

But as she grew, in stature and...ahem... personal preference, the girly-girl attire was quickly exchanged for a pair of gym shorts and flip-flops.  And hair accessories?  Forgetaboutit.

She is always being mistaken for someone much older than her sweet eight-year old self.  And too often, I'm the one who makes that mistake.
She is happiest outside on her ripstick or taking her two little siblings (and one ginormous dog) for a walk around the neighborhood.  But she's no slacker, that one.  In fact, she could easily be the "Git R Done" poster girl.

She isn't afraid to voice her frustration with me if she awakens and her chore chart isn't ready to go for the day.  At which point, she'll write in what she's already accomplished just to have the satisfaction of crossing it off.

And though she's probably the most level-headed one in the family, she's starting to show a little of her "wild side" from time to time... last weekend while shoe shopping for her sister at Target.  Who should come around the corner, giggling uncontrollably, while sporting a pair of size nine, snakeskin stilettos?  Yep, my baby girl.

But my baby girl is growing up fast.  And she is learning some pretty "big girl"  things right now.

See, when Jesus calls a momma and daddy down a certain path, and they follow, then by default, everyone in the family is going down that path too.

And sometimes questions arise about what this journey is going to be like and what it might mean for all involved.  Questions that a momma and daddy can't really answer because they don't know themselves. At least not yet.

I love her willingness to be honest.  And her willingness to trust.

And I simply cannot wait to see what the Lord has planned for my sweet, sensitive Carly Grace.

Ni Hao Y'all


  1. Beautiful post! Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous and these are some fabulous photos of her!

  2. Hi! I found you on snapshot Sunday. Many blessing to you and your beautiful family:) You can find me at

  3. Who needs a hair brush when your that gorgeous! Funny you posted about your Caroline Grace and I posted about my Kathryn Grace. . . BEAUTIFUL Post!!!

  4. What a precious girl! I love her name...and her nickname Carly Grace...seems to suit her perfectly. I clicked over from Sunday Snapshots and have enjoyed reading a bit about your beautiful family.

  5. I love reading about kids whose inner beauty matches their outer beauty!

  6. Sooooo SWEEEET Angela--hmmmm wonder what made her open up at that moment--just a beautiful day I suppose. :) She's a sweetheart.

  7. She's lovely! Nice pictures, thank you for sharing.

  8. What a beautiful girl she is with the sweetest smile!

  9. Look at that million dollar smile! Love it! I would have guessed her to be older than oldest always looked/acted so much older than her actual age.

  10. Absolutely beautiful ... how could it be any thing else??? So glad you are back to sharing!!

  11. What a sweet and enchanting daughter you have!!



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