Sometimes it’s hard to see how fast life is going and then occasionally there are those days that completely put it into perspective for you.
My oldest, Jazzmyne, turns 11 today and I have found myself over the last few days pondering on what an amazing journey it has been so far.
She was born nearly 5 weeks early due to complications I had with preeclampsia. I was put on so many different drugs to keep my blood pressure stable I only recall bits and pieces of all that happened, but I do remember the first time I got to hold this little bundle that now eleven years later is almost as tall as me!!
Ever since she was little, my girl has had the love language of physical touch. She absolutely loves to hug people. In fact, our first meeting with her kindergarten teacher brought up a discussion on how she probably shouldn’t hug the other students so much due to germs and head lice.
Over the years she has never lost that loving spirit and desire to hug others and help them to feel loved. Except for occasions with her sisters…lol!
Its bittersweet to watch your children grow up. There are parts of you that can’t wait to see what they are going to accomplish and the amazing things they will do. The other part wants them to stay your little girl forever and that’s just not possible. True realization of that is when she comes and tries to sit in my lap now and there is no room! But I am grateful that she still wants time with her mother and I pray that never changes.
In the good moments and the bad, I will continue to be blessed by my beautiful girl and watch with joy the woman she is becoming, thanking the Lord that she is following Him with her life and making wise decisions.
When I first became a parent, I had no idea what to expect. It has been a whirlwind of an adventure and I expect it will continue to be so, especially as we further enter into the preteen and then teenage years. I’ll never have it all figured out, but what fun would that be if I did?
Happy 11th Birthday my beautiful Jazzmyne! Never forget how you are loved and treasured!