So yesterday after school I was asking Kirsten how her day was and she said one of her good friends didn't play with her. Kirsten said, "I tried to play with her but she said 'Dont talk to me, I don't want to play with you"" Hearing this broke my heart :( I asked Kirsten why she thought her friend said that, and she said "I guess she was just grumpy or something." Then I asked her how that made her feel. Her simple heartbreaking response was "sad".
Most days I'm sure her and her friends get along great! But hearing that one of them wasn't nice to her really made me sad. I ,of course, think Kirsten is the sweetest, most awesome 4 year old alive! So to think of someone not wanting to be her friend, or hurting her feelings in anyway was really hard for me. I talked to her about it a little more and told her that even when we are grumpy or having a bad day it's not nice to say things like that to people. I reminded her about how God wants us to love everyone and by saying mean things we are not showing that person love.
I really don't think it was that big of a deal to Kirsten and I'm sure her and her friend went on playing like normal today, but I just can't stop thinking about how if as a 4 year old she is already feeling the affects of "mean girls" on some level, how I am ever going to be able to get through middle school and high school. Anytime another girl says something mean about her or a boy breaks her heart, it will crush me!
I just hope and pray both her and Kara will have complete confidence in who they are as individuals and more importantly who they are in Christ! I pray they will know that no matter what anyone else says or thinks, they are beautiful, amazing, and uniquely crafted! I pray they are always kind, caring, and uplifiting to their friends and peers. And I pray that as their Mom I will have the wisdom to help them along their way, and complete trust in God that their hearts are always in his hands!
I'm part of a Mom's group at my church and yesterday a bunch of us met up for an outing to a local pumpkin patch. We went to Boyd Orchards. In this area, everyone and their mom go to Boyd's during the fall. They have hayrides, pumpkin and apple picking, pony rides, miniature train rides, a petting zoo and an enormous play area for the kids. We had a blast!
It's nearly impossible to get Kara to look at the camera when there are so many other things to see :)
Kirsten on the hayride with her good friend Bailey
Kara checking out the goats.
Getting ready to feed the animals. Kirsten was a little nervous about getting close enough to feed them....just like mommy.
Kara on the playground. She likes to go, go, go! It's was really hard to keep track of the two of them! There were several "Oh no, where's Kara?" moments. Don't worry I found her, but if I lose sight of either of them for even a second I freak out! :)