How is it possible that this girl is going to be 16 next month? Seems like yesterday she was just a little toddler running around the house talking gibberish. Well, not too much has changed there. I’m constantly asking her, what did you say? She talks faster than anyone I have ever met!
She is growing into such an amazing young woman. I am so proud of who she is becoming.
It’s not been a perfect ride by no means. Lots of changes over the past few years. Some good and some not-so-good. Seems like when you have a teenager in the house, you go back to being the parent of a newborn you just brought home from the hospital….. you absolutely have no idea what you’re doing.
I’ll be honest, a lot of the problems we have faced have pretty much been because of me and my attitude. Still wanting to have that control over her. Sometimes I forget, even though she is taller than I am, that she is not 5 years old. No longer can I make her wear what I want her to wear. No longer can I make her take just two more bites. Or only watch PBS kids and listen to the Wheels on the Bus.
I remember my mom telling someone, you need to slowly start letting your children go when they are little. At times it has been hard but as I look back I can honestly say I am glad to have heard that advice and have tried to put it in practice.
I am so thankful that God allowed David and me to be her parents. That He blessed us with such a loving girl, who has a servants heart, and is not ashamed to share the gospel with others.
A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.