This weekend was my daughter's 16th birthday. It was filled with friends, family, food and fun!! Since she had the BIG party last year for her Quinceanera, this year was a sleepover with friends, shopping at the mall and lunch with the family.
When I look at her, I am blown away at what an amazing young woman she is becoming. She is loyal, fierce, strong willed, determined, blunt, a justice fighter, beautiful, intelligent and takes no crap from anyone. She hates fake people, sugar coating and liars.
She has been betrayed and has had her heart broken but she still loves others in a big way. She pushes through fear and anxiety on a daily basis. When she steps out of her comfort zone she surprises herself at what she can accomplish. But I'm not surprised. I see this crazy, wild, fighter who can do anything she sets her mind to do.
She knows how to push my buttons and drive me crazy. We have lots of mother ~ daughter "discussions" about clothing and chores and curfews. But we also have lots of real conversations about friends and boys and life. I'm thankful that she still includes me in her drama filled high school world...even if I can only stay for a little while. We don't always agree on things but at the end of the day she still tells me that she loves me and that makes it all worth it.
In a couple weeks she'll be getting her license and a little more freedom and independence. It's a big step in the "letting go" process for me. I'm excited to see her continue to grow and do amazing things as she prepares for the next chapter of her life. I just pray that God will give me the wisdom to guide her and the strength to hang on for the ride.
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.