I wish I had a picture of my beautiful daughter to add to this post. But she is not with me :( This pic taken earlier at the zoo will have to do:
12 TWELVE years ago she entered our lives and changed them forever. I wanted to get married and have babies. That was pretty much it. I majored in choral music education, but I was never "career minded." I love my job and am grateful for it. But it is the cherry on top. I remember well the feeling of "completeness" I had after she was born. I was a mother. I remember thinking that if she were the only baby I ever had, she was enough.
I can't imagine a better daughter. She is the most helpful, most loving, best daughter/sister/friend. She has made much wiser choices than when I was her age. She seems to understand the importance of people over things. (even though she still likes to complain about her lack of things... the poor child doesn't have a cell phone and she loves to tell me she's THE ONLY ONE) But she is still incredibly giving and would always give away her most favorite thing if she thought it would make someone else happy. Even when she was little she would do that. She'd get a new toy and give it to a friend who had been wanting one just like it.
And now, she is just gorgeous. I know I am biased... but she just keeps getting prettier and prettier.
I love you Abigail and am sad you aren't with me today, but I know you will have a wonderful time with your grandmother :) You deserve to take a break from this crazy household!