I thought having her become a teenager last year would be hardest but the truth is she kept growing and it hasn't gotten any easier. And now she's counting days and weeks and months to milestones that lay ahead of her.

Can I get my drivers book? I'll be able to take the test next year.

Do you know I am going to be in high school next year?

It won't be long and I'll be able to fill in the blank.

My heart cries out for her to slow down and not be in such a rush! It will all happen far faster than what she thinks because just yesterday she was this fat round faced baby sitting in my arms and yet here I am, walking beside this tall slender beautiful girl.

She is growing into herself with a poise and confidence that astounds me.

She is gentle and kind and my goodness, does she love the babies. Some friends at church call her the baby whisperer because she will coax and cajole the babies right out of their mother's arms and into her own.

She can make her way around the kitchen with ease. And, despite being one of my messiest children, has begun to display some great organizing skills.

She is like the butterfly just coming out of the cocoon. The woman she will be is unfolding before my eyes even if her wings have not fully opened yet. But I've no doubt that God is working His grace in her life and that she will soar in the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that He holds so dear.

Happy birthday, Emily Grace! Remember, sweet girl, that who you practice to be now is setting a foundation for who you will be next year, and the year after that and so on. Live fully in this day, savor these moments, even as you look ahead. What comes next will be all the sweeter for the life you live for Him now.

He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
~Micah 6:8


  1. What a great kid and your shots are awesome!

  2. Love that young lady!!! One of my favorites. :)

  3. A future "drop-dead" grown woman...and she is just as warm and sweet a young lady as she is beautiful...but then all of my grand babies are pretty exceptional too...


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