Sunday, November 4, 2012


Dear Kassidy,
Today you turn into a teenager. This is the day that many parents dread... the teenage years can be scary... not only for parents, but for teenagers as well!! There are so many changes that are happening in your life, and these are the years when you get to decide who you are... what crowd you're going to join... and if you're going to lead or follow.

I've been joking with you for several weeks now that despite your impending birthday, you aren't "allowed" to turn 13 until I say so. Because I have that kind of power. ;) Part of me wants to keep you little forever. I want to protect you from the world and all the things out there that can hurt you. I want us to stay close. I love that you can talk to me about important things and that we can laugh together about silly things. I love that you tell me little things about your day... it makes me feel involved in your life. I love that in so many ways, you're still my little girl.

Kassidy, you are the most amazing big sister in the whole wide world. Kennedy adores you and I know that feeling is mutual. I love to watch your bond with her. It's so beautiful it makes me want to cry. I love the very different relationships you have with each of your brothers... even when they drive you crazy! ;) You are growing into such a wonderful young lady and I so appreciate all the help you give me around the house every day. I love to watch you learn more and more about the Lord and grow in your walk with Him. I love that you are seeking out time with Him and forging friendships with others who are doing the same.

And so, with that being said, welcome to the teenage years my sweet girl. I promise to nag you about your school work and your chores around the house. I promise to ask you where you're going, who you're going with, when you'll be back and then check up on you. A lot. I promise to enforce rules and curfew and I promise if you break those, there will be hell to pay. I promise to trust you, but trust is earned and if you break that trust, it will be hard to earn it back again. I promise to be here, always, to listen - without judgment. If you ever have a problem, a fight with a friend, or need my help, I am here. If you need me, I will always, always, always make time for you. Most importantly, I promise to pray for you every day as you navigate these crazy years of your life and I promise to love you unconditionally.

Happy 13th Birthday my daughter, I love you to the moon and back.



Anne B. said...

Sweet Kassidy, HAPPY HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY!!! A milestone in your life! I would say that for you and your family this is a postivie transition to being a teenager!! What a special role model you are for your siblings and friends! I hope you have a day that you will always remember as special!!! ((((BIG BIRTHDAY HUGS)))) from RI!!

Monicas Mom Musings said...

Happy Birthday Kass. Welcome to the teenage years. Renee, who told our 1999 babies they could go growing up on us like this?

Notsopc said...

Happy Birthday Kassidy.. Have a great year.. And welcome to your teen years.. Remember as you grow up you will make mistakes in life but don't let those mistakes be ones that will change your life forever.. Make wise decisions and think what the outcome will be if you decide to do the wrong thing.. Be kind to your mom.. Most of all enjoy these years and the changes that come with them..

Lynn said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KASSIDY!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you had a fantastic day!

What amazing words of comfort. Praying!
Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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Lynn said...

Know that I'm here lifting up thoughts and prayers.
Psalms 107:28-31 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
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