Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This is it; Sloane's last night as a nine year old. As we were snuggling before bed I asked her what she will remember most about being nine. She said, "our trip to Oregon, Mesa Verde, Christmas, feeding the dogs so much at Thanksgiving, giving the dogs bacon for Christmas, Mrs. Schmitz (third grade teacher), lots and lots." Then I asked her what she was looking forward to about being ten. Her answer was funny. "I don't know. The kids' menu usually ends at 12 or 13, so I guess being ten will be pretty much like being nine."
She's very pragmatic, like her Daddy. Neither one of them would ever spend the night before a birthday crying over their child. That's me. All me. I find that I need to mark the passing of time. I think it's important to take a few moments to really notice all we are leaving behind as our little girl grows up. I want to spend time saying "thank you" for all I've been given as the mother of this amazing girl. I want to remember. I want to sit quietly and listen to her breathe and smell her sweet scent.
And then I always look forward. I pray over my child. I sit and caress her sweet face. I bless her; much like Abraham did over his sons. I commit Sloane to God and ask for His protection on her and on our family. I pray that He will give her only enough trials to help her grow kinder and more Christ-like. I pray that He will use her to do amazing things for His kingdom. I pray He will keep her safe and whole and healthy. I pray that her mind and her body will grow stronger every day. I pray she will use her blessings for His glory and never squander them. I pray He will let her know, bone-deep, how very much she is loved.
And then I kiss her. And wipe my eyes. And sit down here to write once again about the joys of being Momma.
The photo above is by the amazing photographer, Jim Mayfield. He took this of Sloane when she was nearly three.
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