Thursday, September 3, 2009

She's 12

I can hardly believe it.

*above image found here

She came into this world at 4:30 a.m.
That's really early.
She's not so much into early mornings these days.

She's more into
school....
clothes.....
music......
hanging out with friends.....
Twilight
(she's on team Jacob btw)
and boys
but shhhhhhhh.....don't tell her dad about that last one.

I love her......
sense of humor.
sense of style...even though her taste is not my taste.
That's okay.

I don't want her to be me.
I want her to be her.

I love her.......
willingness to help out.
kindness.
smarts.

Mostly I just love her.

She's 12.

She'll be going into Young Women's. Is that possible?
I guess it must be.


And I'm so excited for her.
Yep. Excited.
I'm one of those weird moms that isn't really sad to watch her kids get older.
I'm looking forward to watching her continue to grow.
I'm looking forward to helping her through difficulties and joys.
Hopefully there will be more joys than hard times.

I'm looking forward to seeing and learning more about this girl who
is turning more into a young woman every single day.
I hope I'm up to the task of being her mom.

I hope she'll be okay with having me hanging around a little while longer.
I'm sure there will be times when she won't want me there.
And that will hurt. But I'll deal. It will be okay.
I'll worry about that another day.

For now...


Happy Birthday McKenna.
I love you!!
12 is going to ROCK!

(you can click on the collage to make it bigger and see the smaller pictures better)

22 comments:

Kristina P. said...

12 is such a fun age! Happy birthday to McKenna!

Brooke said...

Happy Birthday McKenna! Wow, she's gorgeous. You're quite lucky to have such a beautiful and sweet daughter!

Barbaloot said...

Jacob's team? Are you sure you've raised her correctly? :)

Love the collage. Hopefully she loves age 12---it's one of the best!

Emmy said...

What a great collage! Hope she has a wonderful birthday. I have a fall birthday and I know my last year of primary was forever long, I was so excited for young womens.

springrose said...

I love the sink picture!! I am so sad my "little" girl is growing up! She will be 9 in December. I think part of it is I now feel old and we tried for so long to have her. So just because of that shouldn't she stay a baby longer???
Happy Birthday to your McKenna!! She is beautiful!

Bonnie the Boss said...

Happy Birthday! It is my daughters b-day today as well!

Christa said...

The only thing about my kids getting older that makes me sad is the fact they won't cuddle with me as much. They don't have time for it anymore, I guess. ☺

Happy Birthday McKenna! You're going to love Young Women's!

Vanessa said...

12?? Wow. I'm sure you are freaking out just a little.

the fowlers said...

Happy Birthday McKenna!

She really is getting so grown up and beautiful. I'm loving it.

Kim said...

12 years old. Wow. Growing on up into a gorgeous, sweet young woman. Must have an awesome mama. :)

Festi

Jo said...

What a lovely birthday tribute to your daughter! Happy Birthday to her and to her mama who brought her into the world.

Lori said...

Emily turned 12 in May!!! She is soooo into boys... Emily is turning into a nice young lady, and she still likes me hanging out with her.
Happy Birthday McKenna!!!

erynn louise said...

12?? seriously! my goodness i cannot believe it!! that'll be fun to have her in young womens with ya!

Rachel Sue said...

What a great tribute! Happy Birthday!

Wendyburd1 said...

HAppy Birthday McKenna!! HAs she has New Beginnings yet? You know I never got one? They said I was too young for the one before I turned 12, but then when I was 12 they didn't have one that year, yes I am still bitter!

Shawn said...

What a cutie!! Time goes by so fast----so take advantage of every minute....

Kate said...

What a cute girl. They grow up so fast. Great post.

♫ Spasm ♫ said...

very nice post!

Happy Bday McKenna!!!!

M-Cat said...

Happy Birthday McKenna!

JennyMac said...

Happy bday to McKenna. What a great post.

the Lola Letters said...

I loved this!
My birthday is September third as well! Yy for Virgos! ha ha!

...and have you FINALLY received your CD? I found it in a stack of mail on my landing last week and was MORTIFIED! I thought the hubs had mailed it out weeks ago, but it had slipped into our "incoming" mail pile. ...Welcome to my life! (and sorry - eesh!)

Fiauna said...

Happy (late) Birthday!

I'm like you; I just like to watch my kids grow.