Sunday, November 4, 2012
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.