|This girl is 11 years old and in the 6th grade. How can that possibly be?|
First of all, she is now insisting we call her Nancy and NOT Nan. I love the name Nan. She is a Nan. I still call her Nan by accident all the time. She insists that Nan sounds like "man". She has several other nicknames: squachy badea, Nanny, Nance in the Pants, Fancy Pants, and Nanno. I think of all her nicknames she would prefer Nan! :)
This year has been full of changes for Nan. First of all she has gone from having her own room (the largest in the whole house, I might add) to sharing it with 2 older sisters. She has lost her official place in the birth order. (Although birth order has always been messed up for this poor girl: she was our first born but only until we started fostering when she was a year old. Then she was the youngest..but at one point for about a year was treated like a twin. Then Jo was born and she was the oldest. And now she is a middle!) She would love to come get the girls with us in Eastern Europe. She would be great on the trip and would benefit a lot from letting her older sisters show her their current life, culture, and country. I am so proud of the way she is handling the disappointment of not going with us. (We simply cannot afford to take her and her little sister will need her support while her parents are gone.)
Nan received a guitar for Christmas and is getting ready to start lessons. She continues to take piano too. She LOVES music and singing. This is an interest she and her friend, Susie, share. When they get together they are often on one of these instruments and singing. It is so fun to see the girls away from screens and sharing the arts.