Tuesday, September 17, 2013

fourteen

I say it every year on this day.

How can it be possible that I am old enough to have a ____ year old daughter.

Here we are again and this year I have a fourteen year old!

I spent the morning looking through old pictures ~ you know from back in the dark ages when we actually printed pictures ~ and it dawned on me that I really miss those carefree days before the real world crowded in and we all had to grow up and go to school and such.  

But there is joy in these new days as well.  Today that joy is found in celebrating the young woman that my beautiful baby girl is becoming.  I find joy in the little things I notice about my girl ... this has been a hard year for our family and I can see her coming through it stronger, but a little softer and more willing to look for the good instead of the bad.  She's learning the value of working hard at things that aren't as easy as she thought they would be. That lesson alone will serve her well as she continues to become the woman that God created her to be.  Sometimes, I miss that tiny little girl who used to talk my ear off but that is mainly because I realize that she is quickly growing up and I want to hold on to our days together.  

I wish I had something witty or memorable to say at this point, but all I know is that I love this little girl with all my heart and I am excited to see how God is going to use her for His glory.


My little angel ... I didn't even feel like a Mama yet when this picture was taken :)

I loved this outfit!


With her Daddy on her first Easter

LB with my Mama ... we didn't know then that Mama would be
LB's first best friend.  I am so thankful for the time they spent
together while they had the opportunity.

I think this is one of the cutest pictures ever taken of my girl!
She was dressed up for her first trip to the Dixie Stampede.

On the tire swing at my parents' house

LB's third birthday

Her first day of Mother's Morning Out

The day she was recognized at church for memorizing 100 Bible Verses.
She sure misses her friend Poptart since she moved away!


At Disney, with the only character she really wanted to meet!


At a family reunion last weekend

Me and Mama ~ I was 20 ... several people have looked at this
and thought it is a picture of LB and Mama.

Beautiful girl!

3 comments:

Felicity said...

I thought the photo of you and your mom was LB too!! ;-)

Enjoy your lovely daughter - they surely do grow up SO fast...

Rie said...

Oh my. I have to agree that she is surely turning into a beautiful and loving young woman. She has grown so much since I first met her. I understand missing the chattiness, but her becoming a daughter-friend to you is nice, too.

It keeps flying, Jennifer. And I thought that was a pic of her, too! She looks just like Daniel in the newborn pic!

Tiffany Easley said...

You have much reason to be so proud of this fourteen year old! Happy birthday!