I always thought I'd be the mom to three rambunctious boys. Ha! That wasn't exactly how it worked out. And good thing, 'cause now that I'm older, and um, more mature . . . me and rambunctious boys, we don't work so well together.
Instead of those three wild and crazy boys, the Lord graciously gave me three incredible, albeit incredibly different, girls. My three girls are as different as night and day.
Behold . . . a case study on their differences and (very few) similarities:
Exhibit A: Kelsey
Communication Style: Non-verbal communication preferred. Uses body language to convey thoughts and emotions. (i.e. eye rolling, heavy walking, loud breathing). Most communication done via texting and/or Facebook.
Emotional Stability: Calm, quiet, contemplative. Rarely expresses self with tears. Tends to get frustrated with younger siblings, but has ability to walk away instead of insisting on being right. (Although in her mind she is always right, she just doesn't have the need to verbalize it every time.)
Clothing Preferences: Modern, stylish, picky. She likes what she likes, and won't wear what she doesn't. Chooses clothing carefully and frugally. Would prefer to wear several favorite outfits often rather than many different outfits that she doesn't love as much.
Exhibit B: Emily
Communication Style: Verbal. All.The.Time. She loves to talk. And did I mention . . . All.The.Time.
Emotional Stability: Expressive and explosive. Incredibly sensitive and loving towards others. Likely does not have a day without tears, whether tears of joy, frustration or anger. Often found arguing with younger sibling over who is right. No ability to walk away . . . Must.Be.Right . . . All.The.Time.
Clothing Preferences: Lots of them. Skirts, skorts, sparkles. Loves choices. Loves wild. Loves hats and accessories. The more clothes the better. The more bling the better.
Exhibit C: Katie Mei
Communication Style: Excellent blend of verbal and non-verbal communication, mostly expressed as wants, desires or demands. (i.e. I want to watch TV; Can I have a snack? Turn on the light!!)
Emotional Stability: Pretty much has passive aggressive down pat. Won't budge when her way is not chosen. Will resort to tears if it means a lessening of punishment, but usually is convinced she is right and cannot be convinced otherwise.
Clothing Preferences: Believes clothes are only a necessary evil in order to be allowed to go outside. Would live in pajama's 24/7 if allowed. Most common phrase heard sometime after 1pm at our house, "Do I have to get dressed now?!"
Exhibit D: The Girls
Clearly their differences are more distinct than their similarities . . . and I wouldn't have it any other way. There is not a boring day, or even a boring moment around here with these three . . . and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love them all, for all the ways they are unique and beautiful and funny and brilliant . . . and I wouldn't have it any other way!
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