Happy Birthday to our daughter

31 Jul

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Today our daughter turns 17.  I’m not quite sure how that happened, yet it’s here.  I think back to her arrival in our life and smile as I recall how happy she’s made it.  Seems like a lot of pressure for such a small baby.  Yet she did it!  Just Plane Dad and I know that we hit the jackpot when God blessed us with her.

I thought about what I wanted to write in this post that could express what this day means to me and kept getting stuck on one factor: she is growing up and my job as I know it, will soon be over.  Of course, as we enter a different stage in each other’s lives, we will ultimately always be mother and daughter.  But not as we are today.

I have watched her birthdays progress from the first one (she put out her birthday candle with her hand!) to her sixth (she invited her best boy buddies) to her thirteenth (girls sleepover) to today (“I don’t think I want a party this year”).  Each day is so vividly engraved in my mind that I no longer need photos to remember.

 

Gift Ideas for a Teenage Girl

Today amidst the small family celebration, my daughter will open her assortment of gifts.  Yes, there will be the typical teenage items such as clothing, makeup and money.  She’ll spend time with her Dad and grandparents and no doubt, new photos will be taken.

But most importantly, when the wrapping paper has been removed and the night has come to an end for our beautiful girl that has seemingly grown up overnight…I hope she remembers the most important thing she got today…the Present.

7 Responses to “Happy Birthday to our daughter”

  1. Rabia December 20, 2013 at 9:19 AM #

    Wow! 17!! I can’t even think that far ahead, and yet we are over halfway there. Your daughter is a lucky girl to have parents so involved and in love with her! Best wishes in the next stage!

  2. Deb December 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM #

    So sweet. I just wrote about my son’s second birthday. At least now I’m starting to understand why my mom still treats me like a kid, even though I’m 38. 🙂

  3. Ginny Marie December 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    Your daughter has the same birthday as mine! She turned six on July 31, and I can’t believe how quickly the years go. When she is 17, I’ll be saying the same thing. Beautiful post!

  4. Kesha of We Got Kidz August 4, 2013 at 12:17 AM #

    Well happy belated to your daughter! And you’re right – the role as her mother “as you knew it” will be over. As she gets older, the relationship you have with her will, most definitely, grow and evolve into something even more beautiful 🙂

  5. Arleen August 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM #

    You wrote: she is growing up and my job as I know it, will soon be over. Oh trust me it is never over. My daughter is 43 and she will always be my little girl and wants to keep it that way. She is married and has a son but turns to me for guidance.All phases of life are wonderful.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad August 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM #

      Thank you so much for this reassurance. I realize the dynamic will change and it’s scary. But I can’t wait to see the woman she’s becoming. Like you said, I need to embrace all phases of life!

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