Twelve years ago I became a mom for the 3rd time. But that time it was different. Different because I became mom to a 6 lb 15 oz brown-eyed baby girl. She was spoiled from the moment she entered the world.
She was sweet and feisty and knew how to get what she wanted from her brothers. She never had to ask for anything. She just pointed and grunted and they would figure out what she wanted.
She didn't start walking until she was about 15 months old because they carried her everywhere!! She was definitely the princess of the house. Her brothers treated her like royalty. But somewhere along the way, things changed.
She was no longer the cute little princess. She became the "annoying little sister" and then the "drama queen". She started expressing her feisty Latina side and began telling her brothers what she thought...usually with attitude.
As I listen to their conversations, arguments & discussions, I can see a very strong young woman emerging. And it makes me smile just a little bit.
As she continues to get older, my wish is that she keeps that spunk and
feistiness and doesn't feel like she has to change who she is to fit in. I want her to be confident in who she is....a daughter of the King.
I want her to stand up for what is right and to always seek to honor God first. I want her to be complete in Christ and not try to fill her life with material things or relationships. I want her significance and worth to be found in Christ alone.
And one day when she's older, my wish if for God to reveal His calling for her life. To show her why he put her here on this earth. And for me to accept that calling, wherever it may take her.
In the meantime, I want to show her how real God is and how much He cares for her. I want her to be exposed to the great needs all around the world and how God has called each of us to play a part in meeting those needs.
I want her to enter her teen years knowing that no matter what happens her parents love her and will fight for her heart. We will fight against the destructiveness of this world and will not allow the influence of others to destroy her innocence and purity.
My wish is for her to one day stand before her groom, pure, whole and guilt-free, knowing that she honored God and herself in all her relationships leading up to that day. Guiding her through the next stage in her life with that goal in mind is the best gift I could ever give her.
So today on her 12th birthday, I thank God for blessing me with one very special Madison Hermenia Carlson. I'm excited to see how God uses her and impacts her life this summer as we serve kids in Dayton, Oneida & Nicaragua.
Oh, and last night her brothers once again gave her the royal treatment with special gifts they bought with their own money!!! Way to go boys!!!!
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.