We have officially entered the teen years. (Although we've had some sneak peek moments already.) Our first baby girl turned 13 today. As she has grown, so has my love for her.
Olivia was our first Goodness and Mercy baby after three miscarriages. She was the beginning of our family and gave us the longed-for titles Mom and Dad. She has been our parenting guinea pig and reluctant pioneer. She has journeyed with us through sorrow and joy and with the loss and additions of siblings. She got parents who were young and inexperienced and patiently trusted us as we made decisions that would shape her life.
She has become a beautiful young lady with a heart that seeks to glorify God. She has become someone who chooses her friends wisely and treats them with loyalty. She has become a person who is conscientious and caring, kind and respectful. Although she is quiet in big groups, she is a nut around those who know her well. Although she never wanted the privilege of being the oldest (she's not a typical first child), she has become a big sister worthy of that role.
Happy birthday, Olivia!
Our sweet singing,
Brother adoring (and tolerating),