Today my precious baby turns 16:
How on God’s green earth has 16 years already sped by?! All this time I’ve searched long and hard, high and low for that elusive pause button, but alas and alack, it never materialized.
You might be happy to know that the roads are still safe for you, since she has had absolutely no interest in learning to drive. So while that means I’ll still have to be her Mom Taxi when she needs to go somewhere, I totally don’t mind (even if she’s on her phone or DS with earbuds the entire drive) because that’s still time with her, usually one-on-one. I’ll take it!
She’s also been camera-shy the past couple of years, so as we go out and have a fun day with specific activities she’s requested to celebrate her special day (breakfast at Denny’s, lunch at a Pho place, and shopping in-between!) maybe I’ll talk her into doing a selfie with me at some point. Fingers crossed!
Sixteen years ago, I saw your beautiful face for the first time. Sixteen years ago, I held you in my arms for the first time. Back then your Dada and I joked about you being a football, where you fit perfectly between elbow and wrist. Today, you are nearly as tall as I am and we wear the same size shoe (which means my stash of shoes has grown smaller, as you’ve snagged your favorites for yourself. You’ll never find my super secret stash, though!)
I am excited for your future. You have such amazing talents but don’t even truly know it. You continue to harbor an interest in becoming a future Paleontologist – I may not show it, but I absolutely love listening to you go on and on about dinosaurs (just please never ask if I was born when dinosaurs roamed the earth like you did when you were four).
You still march to the beat of your own drum, and that’s a quality I hope you never ever lose, because I love you just the way you are.
You constantly amaze me with your creative talent, especially with what a phenomenal an artist you are. Never stop drawing – it’s truly a God-given talent that needs to continue to nurture and grow, just like you. I cannot wait to see what the years ahead bring for you.
I Love You to the moon and stars, bouncing around the Milky Way and back again!