Today this girl Makes my Monday! I know I haven't posted anything about Brooke lately but I'm considering that a good thing, there's been nothing to tell! She and her friends are now 13 and in the middle of all things drama, boys, wanting more independence, rolling eyes, secret telling, staying up late, thinking/wishing they were older, being quite sure that they are more wise than their parents and...sneaking out, running away, stealing phones/gps/ipod/car, driving said car to the city...yes I just said that last part!!!!
Over the weekend two of the girls from Brooke's class (one is a new foster child of a friend of mine) did just that. They snuck out of the house they were staying at taking some electronic stuff and stole one of the family's cars to drive up to supposedly see the best friend of the foster girl. Both of these girls are 13!!! They were caught and are safely back at their homes. Now any questions about why we never took teenagers when we were doing foster care???
I am so thankful that Brooke has not given us THAT kind of teenage problems! She can roll eyes, stamp feet, slam doors, talk back and be a royal pain in my butt at times but at least she isn't putting herself in harms way! I hope she stays her sweet innocent self for many more years...playing pretend with Lexy, designing her clothes/purses, enjoying game nights and outings with her family, talking to mom about her new crushes!
On a side note...We did allow Brooke to attend a high school football game on Friday night for the first time. She mentioned over the summer that that was something she would like to be trusted to do. While I'd like her to stay my "little" girl forever, I know that we must let go a little at a time and let her test her wings so we are. From all accounts the outing went well and Brooke proved to be the responsible young woman that we know she is!