Sunday, September 2, 2012

Rockin' The Pink & Black Ones ~ For a Quest!

 Good thing the shoe shop was having a buy-one-get-one-half-off-sale last week, because this girl needed some running shoes, too!  While Cooper was deliberating with Dad over arch support versus coolness, Kayla and I were in the back of the store finding her a pair of non-Converse shoes {she owns MANY versions and colors of those!} for a goal she's trying to meet this fall.

If you've been keeping up with us at all, you know that Kory and Cooper each completed what we've called a Quest during the year between their 12th and 13th birthdays.  Well, guess who turned 12 at the end of July?  This cutie pie:
She watched her brothers accomplish their individual "Quests", so she was eagerly anticipating her own.  For the "big reveal", we took her to her favorite restaurant ~ Fresh Side{Asian Fusion!} ~ and gave her the list of challenges to meet before she turns 13.  Kayla's Quest looks a little bit different from her brothers', and is centered around the text of Proverbs 31.

Here it is...

Through Christ, A Godly Young Woman Is...
{A Quest for Kayla}

Wise
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26

Books to Read or Study:
The Five Aspects of Woman for Young Women by Barbara Mouser
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
The Basket of Flowers by Christopher Von Schmid
Beautiful Girlhood by Karen Andreola
Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty by Dana Gresh
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II by Darlene Rose
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Memory Work:
The Apostle's Creed
The Book of Philippians

Healthy & Strong
She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
Proverbs 31:17

Train for and run in a 5K Road Race
Participate in a Kids' Triathlon ~ Summer 2013
Hike the Seven Sisters/Mt. Holyoke Range

Hard-Working & Skillful
She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard...her hands grasp the spindle...she makes coverings for herself...she looks well to the ways of her household...she does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31: 16, 19, 22, 27

Three Sewing Projects ~ PJ's, a tote bag, and re-usable lunch wraps/bags
Menu Planning ~  Create a two-week, healthy menu of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
Cooking ~ Plan and cook Monday night dinners for the months of September and February
Gardening ~ start 4 seed varieties, plant, tend, and harvest them
Woodworking ~ wood project of your choice with Dad
Music ~ learn and perform one piece of music on the piano {or possibly viola!}
Leadership ~ Lead one week of family devotions

A Servant
She extends her hand to the poor, and stretches out her hand to the needy.
Proverbs 31:10

Continued help with childcare and communion at Mercyhouse
Volunteer at and bake goodies for homeless shelter/warming center 2 or more times
Organize nursing home Christmas Caroling and Party with other homeschool groups

and Receives Rewards
Give her the product of her hands, and let her work praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 31:31

Camping/Backpacking trip with Mom and Dad ~ Summer 2013
Dinner at restaurant of your choice and a theater performance afterward


She received all of this with excitement and delight mostly, and only a bit of anxiety.  She immediately got to work on the healthy, two-week menu ~ and we even implemented most of her ideas though it wasn't required.  She has finished 2/3 of The Great Divorce, and we've already run together several times. {She can do a whole mile now without stopping!}  I am really proud of her already, especially for tackling the running right away.  She witnessed some girls on the high school cross country team passing out near the finish line at one of Cooper's meets last year, and that certainly did NOT motivate her to want to join the team or do any sort of long distance running for that matter.  But, she is facing the challenge head on, and asks me regularly to run with her, so she's prepared for a fall/winter race.

Even without this list of challenges, Kayla is already a skilled and wise young lady ~ and I'm so proud that she's mine!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kayla is the epitome of her mommy and the apple of her Father's eye. Love you so and we're proud of you.
K&J