Somehow in both the moments when I was watching and in the moments when I wasn’t watching, the little ball of wonder and energy who entered the world in a hurry morphed into a powerhouse young woman (who is still in a hurry!) Today she is 13.
She is compassionate, curious, creative, physically strong, and more than a little bit goofy. She is a protector and a nurturer. She has a stubborn steak that is at times an obstacle and at other times an asset. She is fierce, opinionated, independent and slightly wild. She is an equestrian, an actor, a debater, a singer, an artist, and a budding archer. She has big bold plans for a big bold life and the perseverance to see them through. I may be a little bit biased, but she is amazing.
Zero to thirteen in a heartbeat. It’s a little bit breathtaking and slightly surreal. I can’t turn back time. I can’t stop time. And I honestly wouldn’t want to. There are amazing things ahead for this girl, and I am looking forward to the journey. I want to be present enough in each day to truly know her at every stage and in every season. I just want to know her as she grows.