Today this girl turns thirteen:
Ha! This is more like it:
How is it possible that these three have all made that plunge into teenager-hood without my permission??
I love this girl and her pizzaz and determination.
I love her sparkly smile and how she isn't afraid to talk to anyone, or to include others in her circle, even if they're different.
She works hard in school and is the best babysitter. She spills the beans to me about how she feels all the time and I treasure it. (more on talking teenagers back HERE)
She loves her Heavenly Father and tries her best to do what's right.
Oh boy I am so grateful for her.
Of all times to be at a BBS conference in Iowa, this was a bad one. I could hardly bear not being with this girl as she turned into a teen so we did a little early celebrating. We got to take some of her friends to the lake.
We had cake with the cousins (and I took a super blurry pic. of them all together...good thing that fabulously creative cake is so well in focus. Ha!)
But for now, as the real day rolls in, I am just reminiscing about all the memories I have with this girl of mine.
Here are some of my favorite growing-up pics:
This girl lives life with zeal.
And I couldn't be more grateful she's mine.
Love you forever Grace Jam birthday girl.
Hope you can feel my heart reaching across the land to be with you.