Monday, June 23, 2014

So Proud

A couple of weeks ago we had a new experience in the Murphy household.  It was one of those experiences that had a lot of emotion behind it...on one end of the spectrum, just complete excitement.  On the other end of the spectrum, absolute disappointment.  How does a mom feel both of those feelings at the same time for two different kids?  And why doesn't anyone warn you that you will even have those experiences when you become a mom?!  Warn a girl; right?!

Kylie and Kenzie both auditioned for a kids week-long play at Bartlett Performing Arts Center, and we knew it was a long shot when we heard there were 138 kids auditioning, but only 64 would be chosen.  We were so excited when we heard that Kylie had been given a part in the play!  However, at the same time we realized that Kenzie had not gotten a part.  As both girls made their way towards me, I saw one child with the biggest grin I've ever seen on her face, eyes shining and great big dimples showing for all the world to see.  On the other child I saw her eyes welling up with tears and a look of utter despair on her face.  What to do?!?!?! 

However, as the week went by, I realized how PROUD I am of my sweet family.  Kylie was so tender and empathetic towards Kenzie, putting aside her excitement to make sure that Kenzie was okay.  Drew bought both girls flowers to show how proud he was of both of them (Kylie for making it, and Kenzie for even trying out at all, because that's waaaay outside of her comfort zone because of how shy she is!).  And Kenzie - well, Kenzie I was most proud of.  As the week went on, she was more and more excited for her sister.  She practiced Kylie's lines with her.  She sang the theme song with her over and over to be sure she had it down perfectly.  On the day of the play, she insisted we pray that Kylie would not be too nervous.  And then she insisted that we stop and buy her roses, and that she would be the one to be allowed to give them to Kylie.  That just made my heart so full...seeing her be happy for her sister, despite the fact that she was so disappointed.  There's no way to express how I felt about my sweet family pulling together and being there for one another on such a special week.

(The cast of Robin Hood)

 (There's Kylie on the end - she was a horseman...and yes, she had this 
little happy look on her face the entire week!)

So PROUD of both of my girls!!!!

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