Officially The Mom of a Teenager

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.

Ashley now

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!

Angie Vinez (2894 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


  1. 1

    She is so beautiful! My son is 15, my daughter will turn 13 on 8/17 and our youngest is 10. Where does the time go? Children are such a blessing from the Lord. I hope your daughter has a awesome birthday!

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    The London Lady says:

    Now we all want an Ashley!!!! Your post actually made me feel quite emotional – God is so good giving us exactly what we need and blessing us in ways beyond our wildest dreams.

    My children are 18, 14 and 8…I have to tell you that my 18 year old was born about 6 or 7 years ago! How can he be 18 and ready to go off to University?

    When he first became a teenager I used to come out of the bathroom in the morning, bleary eyed and then jump at the strange man waiting outside the door – it was him! My little boy 🙂

    Well…I have a while to go until my daughter becomes a teenager – but apparently the best thing about her being a teenager is (according to her) that we get to share shoes!

    God bless Ashley on her special day – well done Mummy you raised a lovely girl.

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    Aw, and she is so pretty! You should definitely be proud. But I guess that teen thing sneaks up on you. My daughter is only two so I can only imagine what you're feeling right now, but I know it's in my future! 🙂

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    The Stevens Family says:

    What a wonderful little lady you have there, beautiful mama! She sounds like truly a blessing in your life. Happy, happy birthday to you, Ashley!

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