Seventeen candles

Do you ever feel like holding on to something with all of your might and you don’t want to let it go?

I have watched her grow.       (She was born before my first digital camera)

Each step along the way brings triumphs and challenges from potty training to drivers training.  What an adventure.

But there is one thing that has stayed constant over the years in all of this.  We have always had each other, and Julia has definitely found her place as the oldest child.

Today, Julia turns 17.  I am excited for her.  I am so proud of her for all her accomplishments and I am anticipating the great things she will do in her future. She is one smart cookie.

She is my spicy kid, never afraid to speak her mind and willing to share her opinion even when you don’t ask.  Quick witted like my husband, brilliant, artistic and edgy, Julia brings life in our home and keeps it all interesting.   She is incredibly committed to us and her sisters and a highly trustworthy kid and yes, she is a spiritual firework.

I am so excited for her and her future…but I admit I feel the sad when I think about  this season coming to an end.  It’s hard to imagine letting go. I’m glad I have a good year and half before I have to send her off to college, so I am going to enjoy every minute I get with this beautiful young lady.

I am going to hold on a little longer!

Happy 17th birthday to my amazing daughter.  I love you so much!

By the way, Julia weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces when she was born.  I was in labor for 12 hours and it wasn’t fun but she was worth it!

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