July 25, 2011

This girl....

This sweet girl of mine. She's your typical 12 year old. But she's also so much more. She loves sports and clothes and friends and Angry Birds. She loves to laugh and play practical jokes. Her room is messy most of the time. She bites her fingernails to my dismay.
She also loves to create small works of art and garden and play with her kittens. She loves to take photos and cram them into her Smash book. She doesn't sit around texting or watching tv much. She'd rather be out in the garden with muddy feet helping me pick beans or check to see if the new pumpkins are growing. She doesn't care about wearing makeup or if her hair is straightened. She'd rather be sewing a quilt out of old vintage sheets.
She gets up at 6:00 am in the summer time instead of sleeping in. She doesn't roll her eyes much when asked to do chores....many times she does housework without being asked. She cares about people and loves to listen to her grandparents' stories about the old days. She loves to bake and help out in the kitchen. While I was at Stamp-a-faire, she sent me a photo of some cookies all laid out so cute. She told me she was practicing for when she gets her own blog.
She's got a kindred spirit, that's for sure. I look at her in a group of kids and I know that she is special. I know that she sees the bigger picture. A brighter future. I can see the wheels spinning in her mind. I know there are big things planned for Jordy even though we don't know what they are yet. I am so proud to be her mother.
While I was away on my trip, Jordy was hard at work back home. She created more of her adorable little house on the hill collages and I just have to share them.
(this piece has sold)

The little stinker is quite the entrepreneur. She sells her artwork to friends and family to earn her own money. She also knows that it's nice to give them as presents too.
This time she's saving up for an Ipad. She's got about 3/4 of the money saved up. She'll get her little box out each day and count up how much more she needs.
(still available has sold)

I so badly want to toss in the rest of the $$ she needs....but Eric and I told her she needs to earn this by herself. So she patiently waits for her stash to build up.
She mows Grandma's yard, she's saved all of her birthday money...she spends sparingly on little trivial items.
(this piece has sold)

I'm so proud of her for doing this all by herself. She even has to spend her own money to purchase the frames for her artwork.
I think it's great to encourage your children to EARN things they want. Life should not be about hand outs. It's about working hard, instilling a good work ethic. It's never too early to teach children to be responsible.
(still available here)
It's also a great thing to encourage children to turn off the tv and phones....and to do something productive, stimulating for the mind + soul. It's also critical to tell children they they are good at something...like Jordan's artwork that she loves to create.
Thank you for letting me share a little bit about my sweet little red. She couldn't wait to show me her creations.....and they were too cute not to share with the world today.

Have a great week everyone! I had so much fun at Stamp-a-faire.....it's so refreshing to know there are so many nice people in the world....who just love to stamp! Keep on creating...

51 comments:

Danielle said...

This was such a touching post! I am so proud of your daughter, and she's not even mine! I can only imagine how you must feel. I can only hope my boys turn out the same way!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a talented daughter you have. Those pieces of art are fabulous. It's so great to see the younger generation being so creative. Thanks for sharing about her.

Ellie A. said...

WOW Go Jordy Go.. hm I might have to follow her footsteps & start that I want to save so I can get a new Ipod w/a camera Fund. She is one amazing girl indeed!

Lynn said...

What a beautiful post about Jordy! I love to hear about children growing up. I can't wait to hear when she gets her iPad...I'm sure it will go quickly for your amazingly talented daughter!

Rachel Schumacher said...

What a special (and talented!) daughter, and what a wonderful mom you are, as well! You are doing a wonderful job raising your girls.

Tell her to keep up the great work - she's going to have that ipod in no time!!

Lisa said...

Loved reading about your little sweetheart Michelle! And her little houses are precious!!!

Tami McBeain said...

What a sweet and touching post, Jordy is one special girl! I think it's fabulous that she is working towards a goal, her iPad will be all the more special to her! Thanks for sharing more of her beautiful & whimsical artwork, I thing it's fantastic!

justsomestuffimade said...

This message is for you Jordan:
It's so gorgeous to see your cute pictures and to see how much you love creating. And of course to hear how much your mum loves you and is proud of you - well that much is clear! I would totally be proud of you too ;)
Hard work and being true to yourself are always good paths to follow! Can't wait for you to have a blog of your own too - it's an adventure I know you'll love ;)
I can tell you are growing up to be one talented lady (just like your mum!)
Ruth x

Rosie Lilya said...

Mish- plese send that girl to Colorado, I have 2 kids that she can rub off on! She is truely growing into a beautiful yound lady. I will certainly follow her when her blog is upa nd running :)

Kathy (krolski) said...

What a great post! Jordy's creations are beautiful! She sounds like such a special young lady and you sound like a fantastic mom! It's such a precious gift to teach your child what life is really about. You both rock! :)

Pamela said...

WOW-All I can say is how lucky this sweet girl has you as her Mother and you have such a sweet girl?!? How fabulous that you recognize what talenet and ability she already has and those yet to come. She's is a great tribute to you and your family,I would say you have done well. Continue to support her and help her to grow beyond her visions. Thank you as you always do - sharing your beautiful talent and stories with us all.

mickymunchkin's corner said...

yes, this really was a nice post! and you can be very proud of your daughter! :) i keep the fingers crossed that she'll get that money together soon and thumbs up for her great artwork! :) well done mummy, for teaching her the right way :)
hugs,
mickymunchkin

gayle-rn said...

What a wonderful story,most teens are trying to find themselves and they are not always pleasent.She seems like such a sweet and caring young lady.She has some great talent and will go far in this life.It is so nice she has goals and is so young.Best of luck to you Jordy and keep up the good work.I'm sure your parents are very proud of you!!

I'm Renee said...

Thank you.
For that post I honestly can't think of more to say than just...
thank you...
and it seems so inadequate.
The important things...
I think Mom and Dad have been excellent examples of reminders of the important things...
thank you.

Maureen Morton said...

What a sweet ode to a very sweet and special young lady! You must be one good and proud Momma! Thanks for sharing. Love her houses, too!

supermom said...

Why not have Jordy list some of her pieces on Etsy. I would consider purchasing one of her fabulous creations. :)

Flor said...

What a touching post. It brought tears to my eyes. I have 3 children and am also very proud of them! Bless you for being such a great parent and for shouting to the world how proud you are of Jordy!

Eveline said...

I'll have my 16 year old daughter read this. I might help!
Eveline.

Anonymous said...

Mish, I don't comment as much as I should - I admit that I'm a lurker, but I couldn't help but respond to this touching post today! Jordy is such a sweet girl -way more mature beyond her years than most girls around her that are the same age! I can see why you're so proud and I know you cherish your daughters! Mine are grown up now, and I still cherish them!

Kris said...

Loved hearing about your precious daughter and the values you are instilling in her. I could read through the lines your tender heart towards her as well. Thanks for sharing. I tend to be very protective of my family and their privacy, but there are times when you are bursting with pride and joy over their determination, accomplishments and spirit. You are a joy! So glad to talk with you at Stamp-A-Faire...and thanks for the tip on getting the ink out of my pants! Spots are gone!

Karen said...

Sounds like your daughter is taking after her mother. You are both so talented. Our children are our best works of art and yours are Picasso's.

janmjax said...

What a beautiful post Mish! She is a lovely girl and it's no wonder you're such a proud Mum!! It's so refreshing to hear of parents trying to install work ethics in their children as some kids these days seem to have such a sense of entitlement. I know I'm very proud of my one and only daughter and when people tell me she is such a sweet young woman I know I've done my job right in raising her...and it's no easy feat!! A quote I read once said "It's the easiest thing in the world to be a parent but the hardest thing in the world to be a good parent." So true!!!

Linda said...

What a sweet post! You and Eric are doing a great job in raising your girls. God bless you and your family.

Kristin said...

These are my favorite kind of posts... we get past all the crafty stuff we love (and don't we really love it all??) to the REALLY important things in life. She's amazing! good for you that you have 2 reds to stand back and just be proud of :) makes the teen years bearable (and I have all that to look forward too!)

Charlene Austin said...

Oh my this was so sweet! You tell her that it will be worth every second of saving to get that iPad. It's about the most awesome invention ever. She will LOVE it. I feel like it's changed my life. That is so weird to say isn't it? But it's true. Don't even get my started on my iPhone....I've been known to kiss it. lol.

Lorri W. said...

Love your daughter's artwork. It is so charming and serene. You can see that a very special person created these and whoever purchases them will be very lucky to have them. Thanks for sharing your talent and stories with us on your blog.

carol (krillsister) said...

What a heartwarming post. You & your husband have done a fantastic job instilling a great work ethic.
Your daughter has talent, but she has a great mentor: You.
Looks like you need to set her up with Esty.

Anonymous said...

I have no children of my own but strongly feel that if there are many more parents like you and children like your daughter we are in good shape for the future. Way to go!

Teresa said...

What a doll. I LOVE THE HAIR. I am red head too and wished for a red hair child, nope. Now I wish for a red head grandchild. Not yet. Your daughter sounds much like me when I was growing up. Always on the go to create. What a loving girl. You have every reason to be proud.

Donna C said...

You are a lucky lady to have such a wonderful daughter and your daughter is a lucky girl to have such a wonderful mother!

designsbysarahs said...

I am impressed! Not only is she talented she is a hard worker, great job!

Anne said...

I loved your post today, Michelle. Jordy sounds like a wonderful young woman and one that knows who she is and where she's going, and how to get there. What talent she has! I absolutely love her artwork. You should list it in your Etsy shop. Or better still, she could have one of her own. Best of luck, Jordy. You're amazing!

Shirley said...

I loved reading about your daughter and her wonderful talents! Her houses are absolutely adorable! How wonderful that you, her mother, encouraged this creativity, set examples for your daughters that there is more in life than electronics, and made her such a responsible young lady. I was so touched by your post. Tell Jordy she will love her iPad as I just got one and use it all the time! She can also engrave her name on the back of it, too. Enjoy your week.
Shirley L.
Roseville, CA

CARDS by SUSAN said...

Thank you for sharing that touching story. A true Kansas farm girl! You and Eric should be proud! She is truly beautiful inside and out! I LOVE her little houses, too!
Thank you so much for sharing. In this crazy world we need to hear about the Jordy's of the world!
Susan

sgc said...

I LOVE hearing your "little Red" stories. When I met you at Stamp-a-Faire, I told you that I, too, was raising a "little Red", our granddaughter. They are such special creatures! Jordy is very talented (like her mama!)

Karen said...

Wow, you left me with tears. What sweet person who is definitely growing up to be a wonderful woman. Congratulations.

Stampingcaz said...

these are lovely and what a great daughter you have. I am a mum of 2 little reds too ;)

Cazx

Joyce said...

I loved reading your post. What a great tribute to an incredible girl. My little one turned 12 today, and I know what an exciting and interesting age it can be. She surely has your creative talent. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I sure wish you lived closer to San Diego, because Jordy seems like exactly the kind of girl I would wish for my daughter's friend. Keep enjoying her, and please let us know when she gets that iPad.

Belas Creating Place said...

Mish she is adorable....you are one proud mommy to share with us the wonderful works of art that your daughter created..very wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Her little house on the hill creations are beautiful and so creative.

BEAR's Mom said...

this lovely girl
obviously has
G.R.E.A.T. Parents!
~victoria~

Suzanne said...

I'm with you! My little 6 year old has had a booth making goodies at our annual Barn Sale for 2 years- going on her 3rd. She saved enough to buy a plane ticket to New York- and is so super excited! She loves junking trips with me and is creative too- Love the work your Jordy does......super Great Gift God has given her!!

Kathy said...

I can see why you're so proud of your daughter. And she's very lucky to have a mom like you.

Scrappin4kim said...

How I agree with you about values and lessons. My daughter wishes your daughter was here big sister!! She also wants to buy some of her art work. I'm still flying high from Saturday and a fabulous time with such talented people, Thanks again!!

pattyo said...

What a special talented daughter you have! Your story warmed my heart!

Diana F. said...

I love this post. What a neat, neat girl she is and tell her I would so read her blog. She has great talent. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with us. It just makes me feel good.

Kristie Maynard said...

I love that she makes these creations and has an outlet to sell them. She will one day have her own blog and 'shop' No doubt about that. You have every right to be a proud Mom!

Sharon Keanly said...

What a lovely read Mish. How talented your daughter is. I think these lessons she's being taught will stand her in good stead one day. What a little trooper. Her art is fabulous. Many a youngster can take a leaf out of her book. Well done honey. Can't wait to see a pic of you when you buy your own IPad!

kolleen said...

What a sweet story. jordy sounds like an old soul. Very talented like her Mom. Thanks for sharing.

Marybeth said...

Jordan is a doll and a blessing ! As you know. You're doing an amazing job. Im so glad I took the time to read your post. What a beautiful girl!. I wish we had more of her in this world. Good job mom!! TFS

Anonymous said...

Talented just like her mother....

Stampin' Jen said...

Mish - there are so many reasons why I visit your blog...and the obvious is because our your inspirations. You are a phenominal artist. But more importantly, you are a phenominal person. The morals, the ideals that you instill on your girls are what this world needs. The whole world. The comment about kids should learn to earn things they want and not expect a hand out - right on girly!!! I'm with you on that, and it's the same motto in our household. We try and instill those same values upon our kids, and I so wish there were more that did. It's so refreshing to know that others ARE out there. We aren't the only "hard-asses"!! Keep up the great work, both with your amazing art and with your sweet girls. This world is a better place because of people like you!

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