|Ashley @ 1 month old|
SIGH. I can’t believe it. Today, my oldest becomes a teenager. Gone are the carefree days of being a child. Now, she’s a beautiful young woman, ready to conquer the world.
I cannot believe it’s been 13 years since I gave birth to her. In so many ways, it still feels like yesterday. I was just a teenager myself when I had her. So young, and so unprepared for what having a baby meant. But, somehow, we managed.
For the first 5 years of Ashley’s life, it was just me and her against the world. We were close then, and I’m so thankful to say that we’re still close now. I hope she always knows that she can come to me for any reason.
I am so proud of Ashley and the young lady she has become. She is kind and helpful, and rarely complains about anything…. for the most part. She is so fantastic with her brothers and sister as well. She’s become a “little mother” to them, and just adores them…. usually. They are, after all, siblings, and we all know what that entails.
Most nights, she even ends up sharing her bed with Lucy because Lucy gets afraid, and instead of coming to my room, she feels safe next to Ashley. It really is quite sweet. I am so blessed to have Ashley in my life, and I am so thankful that even though the circumstances surrounding her conception/birth were less than ideal, God gave me a beautiful little girl.
I love you so much, Ashley, and I am so very proud of you. I hope that this year in school, you make lots of new friends – friends that will last a lifetime – just like I did when I was your age. I pray that you will keep your heart pure and that you will follow God’s will for your life no matter what. Know that I will be praying for you all the time, and that I will always be here for you to talk to, lean on, cry with, or pray with. I love you, sweetie. I hope this birthday is your best yet!