Two of my girls got their ears pierced. That is a huge deal in our house. I mean huge. Why only two you may be thinking, when you have five girls? Only Julia and Anna got their ears pierced because they earned it by the end of the school year. Each girl had to achieve a certain goal according to their own ability and the reward would be that they could get their ears pierced. As it is, I waited until now instead of doing it back in June because I just wasn't sure if I should make Anna and Julia wait till the other girls earned it too. This is one of those parenting moments when you know you've got to keep your word but know that you are going to have to face some unhappy campers in the house. Surprisingly, the other girls at least pretended to be happy for their sisters and are looking forward to working hard on their behavior and grades so that they can have their exciting day! They are so close that I think by Christmas they will have their day too.
Julia wanted Anna to be the guinea pig. If Anna didn't scream, Julia would do it. Needless to say, they were both troopers.
Julia and Anna showing off their new earrings.
On a side note, John had a hard time accepting the girls having their ears pierced. While he agreed to it, he is of the opinion that his daughter's are very beautiful without their ears pierced. He would be fine if I never wore earrings (yet, he bought be small diamond earrings a couple years back at Christmas-- gotta love him) just because he thinks that God made us beautiful without earrings, make-up, and hair dye. I appreciate that he loves me for who I am, so I too go back and forth with letting or daughters do things to express themselves. It is hard to determine where to draw the line but allow them the freedom to do some things in hopes that they don't rebel after living in a fairly strict home. As a way to maintain a little respect for how John feels, I have seriously told our girls that they cannot change their earrings until they are thirteen, and even then they will have to stick with studs. Of course they tell me, "That's fine Mom. :)"