Saturday, December 11, 2010

Birthday Wishes and Senior Pictures

My baby girl is all grown up!  Eighteen years old last month.

She's driving, she's busy with a job, she's paying some of her own expenses, she's applying to colleges....

She's full of energy, individuality, creativity and fun....

I miss her already!

These are some of the finalists in the "senior picture" photo shoots she and her dad took this summer when we were visiting the Ohio farm where I grew up.

As you can see, you can't take a bad picture of her.

This one's my favorite, I think--though it's a tough choice! 

Which one would you choose?

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. 
(Proverbs 31:30-31)

Hear, my child, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
(Proverbs 1:8-9)

May your beauty always be heart-deep, precious daughter.  May it shine on others to bring comfort, compassion, love and service.  May your life and vitality, your humor and fun be a blessing to many throughout your life. And as your outer beauty fades, as eventually it will, may your interior loveliness grow ever more radiant.  May you resemble your Father more and more! Amen.

It's hard to let go.  She'll always be my little girl!


Anonymous said...

I finally read this mom. Thanks so much, I love you.


Megan (FriedOkra) said...

She's so beautiful! I can imagine how overwhelmed you must be with pride and also bittersweet sadness to see your sweet little girl becoming her own person. Mine is only six and she does and says things and looks at me in ways that make me want to beg her to stop growing up, but then I am also so amazed and proud at the same time.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and will enjoy the best New Year ever! Hugs!