Amanda is a different issue entirely. You are now looking at a young woman: a full-on teenager, a high school student.
She is ready to go as well. I know she has some nerves, but for the most part, she's looking forward to tackling high school. She's committed to starting off on the right foot with schoolwork, knowing that now that she's in high school that every grade counts.
Early in the summer she decided that she wanted to buy a plain backpack and decorate it with Sharpie markers. I have to admit that I didn't really see her vision, but in the last few weeks, it's come together really beautifully. I think it's a great representation of who she is. She's talented and creative and she has vision. When she's committed to something, she follows through with it. The fact that she didn't give up and saw it through, and the fact that she's paid attention to things like the straps being decorated as well gives me hope for her high school career.
**This is not finished. You can see in the picture where it's on her that the top part is filled in more. She still has a bit more to do, and in fact didn't want to take it today because it wasn't finished, but it was finished enough, so I encouraged her to do so. That reminded me of another thing about her that I need to be careful not to forget. Though she seems to have it all together, she's got some insecurities. She knows that she's going to be judged, and she wants to put her best face forward.
Who wouldn't like this girl?