|Meet The Princess!|
In many ways, The Princess, as she will be known here, is a typical teenager: phone glued to her ear, looking up music on the computer while watching TV -- definitely plugged IN. She loves clothes, shoes, shopping and mani-pedis like most other sixteen year olds. She's a ball of energy and is my self-appointed personal trainer as I work on getting into better shape (other than "round").
But I'm most impressed with her strength, bravery and foresight. She has more wisdom at sixteen than I did at thirty. She could see the road before her if she stayed in Austin and knew she didn't want that to be her life's path. She wanted something different for herself and we hope to give it to her. Her friends and family miss her, but many of them encourage and support her to take this opportunity and run with it. Still, it took a lot of courage and faith on her part to make the move to a place she'd never been, with people she's known only a few months.
The Princess jumped into her new life with both feet. Her enthusiasm for new adventures and a new life is impressive. She willingly joined the youth group at church and is already signed up to attend a rally in June. She actively looks for ways to improve her life by asking lots of questions and making better choices. She delights in learning new things, like cooking, and having new experiences, like riding a motorcycle (yes, we've already corrupted her in that area). She's taking on new chores with joy (and no reminders!!).
We are so proud of her decision to improve her life and are thrilled that she's doing it with us.
Have you had the privilege of watching a teenager grow and change? Or have you made big, possibly scary, changes in the hope of turning your own life around?
Have you been there?