Laresa Watkins

31 Days of Grace-Being Graced with Maddie

Oct 6, 2014

This is Day 6 of my 31 Days of Grace series for #write31days.

“It’s not very easy to grow up into a woman. We are always taught, almost bombarded, with ideals of what we should be at every age in our lives: “This is what you should wear at age twenty”, “That is what you must act like at age twenty-five”, “This is what you should be doing when you are seventeen.” But amidst all the many voices that bark all these orders and set all of these ideals for girls today, there lacks the voice of assurance. There is no comfort and assurance. I want to be able to say, that there are four things admirable for a woman to be, at any age! Whether you are four or forty-four or nineteen! It’s always wonderful to be elegant, it’s always fashionable to have grace, it’s always glamorous to be brave, and it’s always important to own a delectable perfume! Yes, wearing a beautiful fragrance is in style at any age!”
― C. JoyBell C.

When I read this quote, I immediately thought of my daughter.  I try not to bombard her with society’s ideas of what she should be like, with the hope that maybe it won’t be too difficult for her to grow into womanhood.  She spends a good deal of her days in a princess or ballerina costume, but she also spends time like this:


Even at the age of 3, M embodies so many wonderful qualities, especially those mentioned in the above quote.  She is definitely elegant.


Maddie personifies grace in more than one way.  She is loving and forgiving, and certainly gives me chance after chance after chance.  She is also physically graceful (well, as much as a little girl can be).  Pretty sure she is going to be a ballerina!


To me, M’s most outstanding quality is her bravery.  She is not scared to stand up for herself, for her brother, or for her friends.  She is not afraid to try new things, and probably if it weren’t for her bravery, her brother would never do anything remotely intimidating!


I just love her so much!  If she can just hold onto these wonderful attributes and carry them into womanhood, she is going to be a force to be reckoned with!

Oh, I forgot to mention that she does LOVE perfume!  She doesn’t own any currently, but that’s just because she used an entire vial I gave her in 2 days, so now she just has to borrow from me!:)

5 Comments on “31 Days of Grace-Being Graced with Maddie

  1. Cynthia Lee
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    What a beautiful little one. Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking time to comment. I completely understand the idea of uncomfortable and letting the housework go. It can seem like it could crash over you if you let go too long.

    I have nine children who are all almost adults now. Two grandchildren. I never regret a single day that I have let the house go. Even now when there are repairs to be done. We would rather invest in their lives and in time with them than anything else.

    Keep up the wonderful work.

    1. mommyinbonlee
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      Thank you, Cynthia, for both your kind words and your wise advice!

  2. jensnead08
    / Reply

    Love this!! Great post!

    1. mommyinbonlee
      / Reply

      Thanks Jen! I loved your post today, as well!

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