As many of you know, I have three wonderful kiddos….ages 7, 9 and (almost) 11. My eleven year old daughter is part of an amazing group of 5th grade girls. What mother doesn’t worry about their young girls growing up? I am often wrought with anxiety over whether or not my girls will make it through their tweens and teens relatively unscathed.
My anxiousness has become assuaged however, by this group of bright, insightful virtuous young women that surprisingly makes up the entire population of 5th grade girls at my daughter’s school. This is a rarity today….indeed.
Under the inspiration and guidance of a friend of mine, these girls have started a group. This group entitled “Growing with Grace”, is to ironically, help them to become even stronger and more empowered as girls. They talk about a wide range of issues including bullying, self-image/puberty, friendship, leadership and their faith. Each of them have expressed a desire for a safe place to not only talk about their own stuff, but are using this group as a vehicle to learn how to lift each other up….exercising respect, denouncing exclusion and pronouncing grace-filled acceptance of one another.
Their activity in the group last night (which I was honored to be a part of) was to create prayer boxes. I wish this idea was my own, but I received the inspiration from a store bought item and from a craft Katherine at Pillows-a-la-mode did this summer upcycling old Altoid tins. You can check her creation out here.
The concept was for the girls to have a place to not only write their own prayers down, but to write down the prayer needs of others.
So…we all decorated the empty Altoid boxes with washi tape and flower/gem embellishments, put small sticky note pads/markers in them and all the girls had a unique way to quickly journal any intentions on their hearts for themselves or someone else.
My daughter is apparently praying for a better math grade…..I have to say I really do love this age!!
With all the news about those kids who are being touted as the demise of our current society….here is some good news about 24 girls who are thankfully…
growing with grace.
have a blessed weekend…..dcb