My oldest turned SEVENTEEN last month! Do you know how surreal it feels to realize that you are now a mother to an almost adult? I can’t even explain the feeling or describe the emotions when I think about it.
She’s in the middle here with the big brown eyes and the dark hair. People say we look a lot a like and I can see why people might think so as we share the dark brown eyes and cheekbones but other than that, Brielle’s look is a combination of both her parents. I can’t take credit for all of her beauty!
As a kid, Brielle loved being centre of attention and would seek it out repeatedly any chance she could get it. Nowadays, it’s a miracle if she allows me to take a picture of her at all but I understand. I get it. I used to be like that too. Look how cute she looks in this picture taken right before her and her friends went off to Junior prom!
My newly turned seventeen-year-old is a true and dedicated lover of tea and David’s Tea is one of her favourite places. She has introduced me to so many different teas over the last two years but this mama remains devoted to coffee. Just can’t crack the habit!
Brielle danced competitively for 6 years. Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop classes filled her after school schedule. Her last year of competitive dance ended with a Hip Hop class where she and her peers were superheroes. This is one of my favourite photos of Brielle because it truly shows her love of acting and the stage even when she danced.
This year, Brielle’s interest in acting and theatre motivated her to try out for the high school play. She scored the role of Prince Amir’s Mother in the presentation of “The Ash Girl” – the story of Cinderella meets the seven deadly sins. Her performance left me in tears, it was so believable.
Brielle was my first baby. She made me a mom for the first time. Raising her, she taught me everything I know about motherhood. While I did my very best to love and care for her along the way, I’m sure I made my fair share of mistakes. No one teaches you how to mother. It’s something you learn as you go. I know one thing for sure though, I never stop believing in her. While her personality and interests may not always match mine, her kind heart and sensitive soul do. For that, I am grateful.
I have one more year with her at home before she goes off to college or university.
I’m going to hold on to every moment for as long as I can.
Even though she doesn’t always read my blog, I write this for her so that she knows how often I think of her and how much I love her.