Friday, April 4, 2014

Growing Up Girl

A few weeks ago, we headed to the beach for some R&R.
I snapped a bunch of pictures of youngest daughter, 

She's obsessed with gymnastics
her iPod
her friends.

Adolescence is barking at her heels.

She is smart and funny
and just a
rough around the edges.
Blunt, I mean.

We're working on it.

For a number of years, I was home with my girls, a full-time mom, 
part-time writer of young adult fiction:
Artichoke's Heart, Somebody Everybody Listens To, and Irish Guys.

A couple of years ago, I took a full-time teaching job and the department chair position
at a local high school.
Yes, it's as busy as it sounds.
I wake up at 4:00 AM in order to maintain my writing life.
I leave for work at 6:30, and often don't get home until just before dinner.
My girls play sports and are involved in 
of activities.

Sometimes I wonder if going back to work was worth it.
Money is good, insurance is great, and as teaching jobs go, 
this one is pretty darn perfect.
Still, I can't help but fret at how quickly my girls are growing, how rapidly they change.
And often I think I'd like to hit rewind to those mornings 
when they still shared a bedroom, and I would
tiptoe in and find the two of them sharing the same crib.


  1. One might get the impression from this blog post that "Bebe" is her real name. :)

    Such pretty pictures of my pretty/smart/funny/blunt seester. xoxo

  2. Wow 4 am...pretty impressive! If you are doing something you love, then it is worth it. I stay home with my boys and they are growing up so fast I can't keep up with them! You really can't stop how fast time goes whether you are working out of the home or not. You are setting a great example by doing what you love and they will look up to you for that. You daughter is beautiful.
    Cheers to being a great mom! - Shelley

  3. Suzanne- What a beautiful young lady she is! She is just gorgeous. You can see what she is going to look like as a beautiful young adult! xo Diana

  4. Precious post! Your daughter is beautiful and obviously energetic! You're a blessed lady. The beach backdrop is beautiful, too!

  5. Your daughter is beautiful...and obviously a talented gymnast! Great shots of her. I recently left the career world, and I'm a stay-at-home mom for the first time. I feel like I missed the first 13 years, and so I can totally relate to your missing your time with your girls as they get older.


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