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Keely at 11


Today at 1:20 p.m. you turn eleven years old. How did that happen? When you are sitting next to me I still see the little in you, but when I see you from a distance- I’m shocked at what a teenager you are becoming. I think by next year you will be as tall as me. You wear glasses all the time now. Your black framed ones are your favorite. You are letting your hair grow out too. It is light brown and wavy, but sun-bleached right now.  You mostly wear cotton shorts and graphic tees for comfort, but you like to dress-up a bit if we are going out or you are seeing your friends.  You love to put on lipstick, nail polish, sometimes eyeshadow and a temporary tatoo.  Slow down Keely.

Currently, you are in love with rap music and being a D.J. You make up your own songs all the time and research other artists online.  You love to get on iTunes and listen to the top songs of the week and research the song lyrics . You told us you want to be a teacher or a rap star when you grow up. You also think you want a child, but only a girl.

k 11 b

Fifth grade finally ended and you were so happy to be done with St. Pius. The experience was not what we had hoped for.  You made a few friends, but you really learned nothing.  You did not get the education, a feeling of community, or the help that we wanted you to.  So, after much pleading from you -we are going to try and homeschool you this year and see how we do.  I’ve never taught 6th grade before, so that should be interesting. I do hope we both are successful.  I don’t want it to strain our relationship. You do fine in most subjects, but you still really struggle in math and it gets you so upset. I think you could grasp most of the new  concepts if you would relax and believe in yourself a little bit.  We are all here to help you.

k 11 c

You now have two best friends, Isis and Danielle.  You write letters to Isis a lot and we arrange days on the weekends for you two to hang out.  You had a sleepover at Danielle’s house and went over there a few times too. For your birthday you decided to take them both out to dinner and out for ice cream. Then you all came back to our house to swim late in to the night. You all begged for it to be a sleepover and we decided to let you go for it.  You all stayed up until about 2:00 talking in your room until you finally crashed out.  You were so happy on that day.  All smiles and squeals and jumpiness. On your real birthday- we had a family party with lunch, cake, and presents. Then, you and I went to get your ears pierced! You were very excited.


This summer you have swam a lot, read a lot, and gotten a little closer with your brothers.  You enjoyed watching America’s Got Talent as much as possible. I somehow got you to read the old Babysitter’s Club books and you actually got into them!  You became very protective of all of our pets. It’s almost comical. You run to their rescue with lots of “OH! You poooooor baaaaby!” when they so much as meow.  You also decided that you love gum and tear through a whole pack in record time.

We took a number of small road trips (mostly to the mountains and you did great in the car as long as you had food, drinks, and loud music of your choosing. You have convinced us to let you ride your bike, scooter, and skateboard a little around the neighborhood alone too. You do that multiple times a day now.  I feel so nervous when you are out of sight and all alone.  We live so very close to an interstate ramp and I’m so fearful you could be snatched up and gone in a second with out anyone knowing it.  I’m trying to put my fears aside a little and give you some growing room though.  I wish we lived in a place where you could run around as much as you wanted.  We still are considering moving somewhere more rural in the future.

k 11 d

Keely, you love to hear and see anything with drama.  If there isn’t really drama there, you will even invent it. You think every new car on our street is a criminal. Any person walking down the sidewalk is up to no good.  You love when family tells us a story of something “exciting” that has happened.  You are wide-eyed and full of questions.  However, if anything actually happens to us, you completely freak out and are a stressed out mess.  You just like the fun of using your imagination I think.


Keely, you don’t know how smart, funny, creative, and beautiful you really are.  We tell you all the time, but you still don’t really believe us. I hope you can soon see how special you are.  You have so many unique gifts and you are so loved. Happy 11th birthday baby.



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Keely at 12


Keely, you are inching so close to the teenage years.  You want to be an official teenager badly.  I wish you would enjoy being a child a little more, a little longer.   You are 5 foot, 2 already and will probably be as tall as me by the end of this year. You have always been a tall and thin girl. You become more beautiful with time.  You don’t see how lovely you are, but everyone else does.  Your smile can light up a room and your laugh makes us all smile.  You love to take care of your hair now and wear any make-up you can get your hands on.  You take really, really, long showers and love to lay in bed for hours after you wake up in the morning.  You stay up late and almost always sleep in your sleeping bag on your bed.


Homeschooling was a little rough last year and somehow we are agreeing to try it again this year for seventh grade. Going to our middle school is not  a good option.  We are going to start you with a learning counselor this year and see if she can help you relax a little, gain some confidence and make some progress academically with math.  I hope she can help you.   You are very hard on yourself about your abilities in math.  You don’t understand why you can’t  instantly just know how to figure out a problem. It sends you into a panic and your self worth plummets more each time.  I wish you would not focus on the negative aspects of the life  you have, but see all the good that surrounds you and that is you.

We all love you so much. Your parents, your brothers, your grandparents, your pets are all on your side.  You are so creative and bright. You can whip up a story in no time. You are witty and funny and sarcastic. You have the most beautiful voice. I catch you singing and I just have to stand and listen secretly.  My eyes fill with tears to hear your gift. I’m trying to find a voice teacher for you this year and I hope that is a successful experience for you.  I know you can do it.  I want you to hear someone else tell you that you have a talent, maybe then you will believe it more.


You love to read at night and you love Minecraft.  You have invented characters and a whole story line about “Steve and Madeline” and they are now part of our daily life.  Every one who comes in contact with you knows about them too. You are creative and funny. Such a great story teller.  I still think you would be a terrific actress, but you say no way to that idea.  You still really love to hear any story about drama, aliens, ghosts, or someone wronging another.  You get so worked up and hyper.  It’s instant energy to you.  We have no idea where any of that comes from. You also still love to be out in nature (if the temperature is just right and you are prepared and dressed appropriately).  Standing by the ocean calms you down, walking in the woods lights you up too.  You do not like to be hot or uncomfortable in any way though, so we have to take advantage of all the good weather days around here. Oh my Keely. You just feel all the feelings.

Your best friends right now are Isis and Danielle, sometimes you hang out with our neighbor- Kayla. You call them often and talk forever on the phone.  You go to their house or they come over here to hang out.  Sometimes you go to a sleepover.  I’m glad you have a few close friends.  You just got your first real phone  and you are glued to it so far. You have been texting  non-stop for two days already.

Happy 12th birthday Keely.  You are always my baby and I am always on your side.  I love you Kinder.


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