Becoming a teenager is a big deal in our house. We all know those years can be fraught with seething emotions and jagged edges as hearts and minds try to keep up with rapidly growing and changing bodies. But we have established traditions and ways to hopefully mark the beginning of this new journey with truth, beauty and goodness. A special date with Dad. a special ring, ear piercing...like I said it's a big deal. We want to set a tone for our girls that their teen years don't have to be overwhelmed with angst and they aren't alone in the process.

We also do special photos. Abby's fancy session got delayed for a bit but we finally got to do her birthday formals this past weekend.

My, but this child of ours is growing up! (Sorry for the picture overload.)










I loved all the pictures but the last two are some of my favorites.





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