Ok! This one hit me! On November the 2oth, at 5:06pm, we have had Emma Kate in our lives for 14 years! I just can't believe it has been 14 years since this little princess changed us! In some ways, it seems like Sean and I have ALWAYS had children....in other ways, it seems like yesterday that they arrived! And then, I find myself so grateful to look over the last 14 years and praise God for this beautiful, talented, kind, patient, gentle young woman that He has grown. My part has been work, but I can see God's fingerprints all over her. I will have to say, I am the happiest mommy in the world to kiss "13" goodbye! Woo! I deserve a medal for that year! I look forward to the years to come and will treasure every moment as it screams past me. The other day, someone said, "it won't be long till she's driving"! Well, just like "it won't be long before she's walking" and "it won't be long till she's in school", it's true, it didn't seem like long enough, but, God prepares my mommy heart everytime for that moment! I am getting ready for her to drive......just like I was ready for her to walk and for her to go to school! As a parent, I am finding we are really never "ready" to go on to the next stage....if we just go willingly and gracefully, we might enjoy the ride. We may even smile a time or two. I just pray for joy and deep belly laughs and peace and protection over this child as she grows into a young woman. I pray for both of our hearts to be prepared for what lies ahead. And for God's grace to usher us into the next "stage" of her life!
"The King is enthralled by her beauty, she is anointed with the oil of joy. All glorious is the princess in her chamber....she will be led in with joy and gladness as she enters the palace of the King...." from Psalm 45.