recitations, winning awards and spending a bit of time away from the family on occasion. Just a few weeks ago she was at a Schoenstatt girls camp (which she's already outgrowing - she'll probably go back next year as a counselor) and this week she's visiting with... quite literally... a truckful of cousins in Oklahoma.
We miss her of course and it's challenging to get by for a time without such an essential part of my regular help around the house. It's really good though, to see how the younger ones do when they get a chance to step up to the plate for a time.
A significant part of our job as parents is to gradually prepare our children for independence. I think this kind of thing can be a very good part of the process. I'm pleased that she takes to such adventures with much enthusiasm.