Sunday, November 23, 2008

On Growing and Grace

Amidst all the recent hub-bub around here, my oldest daughter turned 11. That is some pretty big news! I haven't really even had the time to reflect and get too melancholy about it. The thing is, although I have the expected motherhood twinge of disbelief that my baby is growing up I am more in a place of total and utter gratitude and appreciation of who my daughter is now.

This year as we celebrated at the hippest bowling alley around I marveled at my daughter interacting with her friends; confident, comfortable, vibrant, funny, sincere, warm and happy. She's amazing this kid. My daughter. And she's growing up.

And did I mention full of grace?



Did you capture any highlights of your week that told such a story? Enlighten us with your Best Shot on this lovely Monday.

27 comments:

Megan said...

i love cosmic bowling -- both my boys have had those bday parties, and they are always such a blast! your daughter IS quite the picture there :) -- so cute.

leafy bsm

Christina said...

What a fun shot! She is beautiful and graceful.

We had a birthday
here this weekend, too!

Joanna said...

I love the grace you have captured here. Its so cool to see our children grow into thier own person.

Here's my favorite moment

infinitysedge said...

I love this! This little "pose" is definitely 11!

Mine are full of color this week as well!

Chris said...

Hey, we had my son's 11th birthday at the same place! We went to the one in Hollywood and that place is the BOMB! We're having my hubby's 50th bday party there next month, too.
Can you believe she's 11? Wow. It goes by so fast...

Golightly said...

wow, 11 years old. I'll blink and be there too. Although I can't wait for the cosmic bowling with Harrison.

As for us this weekend - it got Slimy

Donna Blessed Nest said...

So much fun! what a great way to celebrate!!

Nothing Better

Phyllis Sommer said...

what a cool place! i think our local place does that too...what is it about bowling that is so much fun?

she is sure graceful:-)

here's what warms my heart this cold monday morning....

Blueberry said...

11?! wow! :)
i really love that picture.

here's what we did this weekend

Cara said...

That bowling alley looks awesome. My niece/god daughter turns 11 this week and she has went from a little girl to a little women so fast.

Jen said...

That looks like some fun. Wow. 11years old. She is definitely graceful

Here's mine:
No Escaping

Andrea said...

My oldest is driving! What till that one comes around for you. =)

Although, I did blog about that "experience" HERE

My BMS is OVER HERE

leaca said...

It is so hard to let them grow but so rewarding to see the grow.

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Amy Jo said...

Happy birthday! Eleven seems so far away, but I know that in reality it's just around the corner. Looks like you guys had a good time celebrating!


Here's my BSM from a different kind of celebration!

Killlashandra said...

11 seems like a long way away for me too. I'm having a hard time picturing him in kindergarten and that's coming up in just 2 years.

Looks like she had a wonderful birthday celebration at the bowling alley though. Great picture. Love that silver top. :)

Mine is about inflatable race cars.

Frozen Eights said...

Ooh, cool :)

Here's my bsm.

Mandaroo said...

Wonderful shot! Looks like a great place. Watching them grow up is sometimes hard....: ( but amazing to see. : )
My BSM

pakosta said...

what a great place to be where you are so comfortable with where/who she is. must be doing something right!
tara

cherish.photography said...

super cute shot! and...sounds like fun! Happy Birthday, sweetie!

cherish.photography said...

We are still not officially in winter weather in South Texas...have a look...

http://cherish-photography.blogspot.com/

carrie said...

11! Good grief. She is a very beautiful and graceful 11-year old. Wishes for a great year!

Where is that fun bowling alley??

Mommy had a recharge weekend for my BSM.

Leslie said...

What a shot! And good for her; by the time I was 11, I had already decided that bowling was just something I shouldn't do in public (my best score to date is around 60).

I have a warm BSM this week, despite the cold.

Shelly said...

Nice shot! It sounds like a fun place to have a party.

My Favorite Moment This Monday

Mama Zen said...

Amazing shot!

laura - dolcepics said...

wow, 11! Love that shot! Great form!

Elizabeth said...

what a fantastic shot! She does look graceful - I'm pretty sure I don't look like that when I bowl. :)