Happy Birthday my sweet TEEN

I'm not quite sure what I did to deserve the 3 daughters that A and I have been given.

I know that in the beginning I didn't like it all that much.

I didn't enjoy pregnancy...I was sick about 6 out of the 9 months...and then the first two were colicky for a year...the kind where all I could eat without upsetting their tummies from nursing was chicken and toast.

I remember though, that everything we did was an activity...

We had a little routine each morning where they grew to expect certain things and could count on mommy following through...

we went through breakfast and a bath, tummy time turned into reading and flannel board stories...different days called for storytimes at the library or trips to the zoo or a walk around the neighborhood or grocery shopping...

The girls became my little buddies, albeit I was still the one that called all the shots ;)

As they grew, they each developed their own personalities and temperaments...one was extroverted and the other insightful...one had incredible fine motor skills and loved to sort, where another could sit and listen to music and books for hours...

And here we are...all these years later...

Our oldest received her temps last week...our youngest is going to hit double digits this year and TODAY is the day that our sweet middle girl turns into a TEENager!

 My precious middle girl...the one that feels more deeply than she lets on...the one that inherited my crazy "justice" gene and would love to set everything right in the world.  She's the one that forgives easily and has a heart that reaches out to the unlovable, the unpopular...even at her own expense...

I wish I would have had her quiet confidence at her age.  She is quite simply...extraordinary.

I don't deserve to have such lovely daughters...lord knows I'm not a perfect parent...and I know I've messed up more times than not...but, this gal (and her sisters) are grace-givers and peace-keepers.

It doesn't matter her grade point, or her musical performances...the level or her academic abilities or how many friends she can obtain...I care not about her outward beauty (although I do believe she's beautiful regardless) or how many teachers could potentially adore her...

the thing is...

she's OURS!

She is loved beyond comprehension...

Happy Birthday to my precious middle girl!  I'm so, so thankful for the gift of HER!


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