Mothers of Daughters…Well, I am definitely one of those! And let me tell you friends, I am in the trenches! And by trenches I mean duct tape, rubber bands, glitter paint and hot glue guns! I am there and that’s why I love being here. With you. My people.
Four daughters in five years, this is my story. Alena 10, Kaitlyn 7 and twins Camryn and Olivia 5. These are my girls. When each of my daughters were born, I took advantage of opportunities designed to help me leave a lasting imprint on their young hearts. “Mommy and Me” gymnastics. “Mommy and Me” music. “Mommy and Me” art. And Bible study for young moms with play dates afterward. Our days were full and I purposely tried to surround myself with godly women who also desired to raise godly children — better yet, girls, leaders, and Christ-followers.
It did not take me long to realize the significant role that peers (both theirs and mine) would play in our journey as mother and daughter. However, as my girls started getting a little older and our schedules started to fill up with soccer practice, school programs and various other activities, I noticed a shift in our community. Not every soccer mom had the same goal (no pun intended!) of raising a team of world leaders and Christ followers.
In the busyness of life, I needed to find a way to stay connected with my girls and with other mothers of girls, my people. I wanted a way to connect my young, but growing girls’ curiosity to their growing interest in God’s design and plan for their lives. I wanted something that would directly connect me to their world — and I wanted them to enjoy it.
And so, my journey to stay connected began. I sat on my couch, opened my laptop and began to type all of the things I wanted my girls to know in a format that they could relate to and call their own. I created For Girls Like You, a quarterly print and digital magazine for girls 6-11 and various other resources for parents of girls.
Since that night on my couch, I’ve come to realize that what started as a personal journey to stay connected with my girls has grown into a passion to package and deliver a Christ-centered value system to tween girls and their moms everywhere — in a way that’s relevant to them — at this vital age.
Our daughters grow up. Her questions get harder to answer, her personality starts to shine, and her decisions will matter more and more. Her interest and her friends will inevitably change. However, as mothers we must remain intentional about the influences in her life and ours.
As a “mother of daughters,” I am passionate about introducing young girls to Christian values in a way that they’re able to understand, so they can walk passionately and boldly in who God has created them to be. I am passionate about you as we journey and plow forward in raising beautiful girls that will forever impact this world for His glory.