Saturday, September 20, 2008

14 years ago today

Today is my oldest daughters 14th birthday. 14 years ago today I became a mother and my life changed for the better. It was an easy labor and only 7 hours long. All 7 pounds 3.5 ounces and 21 inches of her was perfect in every way. She was a happy, free spitirited, outgoing little girl and she has grown ito this amazing young woman I would want as a friend.

Kate lights up a room when she enters it. She is tall, thin, and her beautiful red hair and green eyes grab your attention. She isn't afraid to do her own thing and is so much more outgoing then I was at that age. She has every good trait you would want in yourself. She is wonderful with children and is a very popular babysitter in our neighborhood.

Kate is a very talented actress and singer and has had several lead roles in community theatre, and school productions. She has a great imagination, always has, and is also very good at drawing, and writing.

For all these gifts that she has, today makes me think of what she has given to me. She has made me love life more. Being her mom has been challenging, and there were times I would just say "grow up!" as she was busy playing another pretend game. But now that she is growing up I realize that I was the one that needed to grow up. I needed to learn from my daughter that life is meant to play pretend and to sing and dance when you feel like it no matter who may see you. I need to care less what others think, and do what makes me happy. Kate has taught me that.

She has also taught me to look for the good in everyone. She is always the first to find something positive to say about someone that may look weird, or act weird, and she is always there to stick up for her friends.

My life has been blessed in so many ways. I only have 4 more summers with her before she leaves for college and is on her own. I know we will always have a special relationship but my how the time has flown.

When she was 3 she told my mom "Grammy you make my heart smile" Kate has made my heart smile for the past 14 years.

Happy Birthday Kate!


On a Whimsey said...

A wonderful tribute to your daughter! My baby is now 28 and due to be married next year - she has taught me so much, to appreciate what life throws at you and what nobody can take away, the love that you feel for your daughter and that love that is returned without reservation. Thank you so much for sharing.

ElegantSnobbery said...

Happy birthday to Kate! I look forward to celebrating all the birthdays of my daughters, and know they will be just that special. You sound like a lovely mom!