Where Did the Time Go?

It’s hard to believe, but my older daughter turns 15 today. She is such a beautiful, talented, smart, and compassionate young woman, and she makes me proud.

When she was born, I had no idea of the blessings God was about to rain down on me. I knew having children made you different and was a blessing, but I had no idea. None at all.

What a Gift!

What a Gift!

It’s so hard to explain to people without children. How do you explain that when you open yourself up to children, when you have that first baby, your life will never be the same? Oh, yes, everyone knows that! But really…

 

shhh...

shhh…

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

…what you can’t explain is that it’s so much better than you ever thought life could be.

"Supee-Man!"

“Supee-Man!”

You start to see the world anew all over again.

Merry Christmas, Happy Girl!

Merry Christmas, Happy Girl!

Things that were mundane become fresh to you. It’s as though you’re seeing the world for the first time again, all through your children’s eyes.

Be Very, Very Quiet...

Be Very, Very Quiet…

There is wonder in the world.

Happy Days

Happy Days

 

Ready and Reporting for Duty!

Ready and Reporting for Duty!

There is magic.

Daddy's Girl

Daddy’s Girl

 

Sisters

Sisters

 

Love You to Death!

Love You to Death!

And most importantly, you learn how to love – how to REALLY love.

Date Night with Daddy

Date Night with Daddy

And that gives you a tiny glimpse into the love God has for each of us.

Having a Good Time

Having a Good Time

And that’s a good thing.

Smiling

Smiling

Maybe that’s why God wants us to be open to children: doing so constantly reminds us of the beauty of the world, of the wonders around us, and of His never-ending love.

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Happy birthday to my beautiful girl. I love you.