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There are so many secrets between mothers and daughters. So many funny and sometimes deep conversations that occur. I have found that at Grace's age some of those conversations are heartwrenching as she is looking for advice about a friend or needing encouragement. Sometimes there are tears, sometimes she talks willingly and other times there are slamming doors and "DON'T COME IN HERE" screamed from her room.

One of those screaming nights happened a few nights ago and magically I received a text from a friend (that had no idea of the stressful parenting evening I had just endured.) She had sent me the cover of this book and said she had thought of me. I ordered it immediately, like didn't even give it a second thought, just hit buy now and thank goodness for Amazon Prime it arrived within 2 days.

It is the coolest, little journal. It gives mother and daughter a chance to communicate through words (Um...perfect for me) and perfect for when Grace might have a question she doesn't want to ask me face to face. We decided that when I was done writing in it that I would put it on her bed and when she had written back to me she would put it on my nightstand so I would know she was done.

The book includes writing prompts and free space, both so that those questions can be asked or deep thoughts can be written. The coolest thing about the book is that there are really no "rules" the only thing we decided for a rule is that what was written inside could only be shared between the two of us, which makes it extra special.

If you are looking for a fun way to engage with your tweenage girl, this is it! Even though we are just getting started with it we both agreed that it is going to be lots of fun!

From the gravel road-

Jen

Dear Ellie,

I hope and pray you always want to wear boots with your dresses.

You have worn cowboy boots since the day you started wearing something on your feet! They started as cute little pink boots that your pudgy little feet fit in and have progressed to a fancy pair of checkerboard pattern boots in some of your favorite colors.

You have literally worn the glitter off of these and holes in the soles in a matter of months.

Yesterday we watched you take another step towards growing up as you took your first holy communion with beautiful WHITE boots on. I could not stop hearing the song "In My Daughter's Eyes" in my head throughout the day as we celebrated you!

In my daughter's eyes
Everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light
And the world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me
Gives me strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes

Ellie, you definitely have a fire in your soul, you challenge me on the daily, and have a compassion for animals that goes deeper than many humans have for their own kind. You could care less what others think of you and will wear your boots with yoga pants, jeans, dresses, and sweatpants.

I pray you dream big and huge.

I pray you keep that fire in your soul always.

I pray you will always want to wear boots with your dresses and I promise your Daddy and I will be right there beside you supporting you every step of the way.

Love you,

Mom

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