Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nearly 14


This is my beautiful girl a few months ago at the start of eighth grade.  Now, Sloane will be 14 in just a few hours.  Each year I kneel by her bedside and remember all the sweetness from the previous year.  I pray and thank God for all His many blessings.  I cry.  I commit her and her next year into His care.  Every year for fourteen years, I've spent a small part of November 8th crying.

Someone once asked me why I cry so easily.  I told her, my heart is just so full. Sometimes it just overflows in tears.  And, that's about right.  When I think of my darling girl, my heart is so full that sometimes I just can't help but cry.

This year instead of sneaking into her room long after she's asleep, I lay beside her in her bed and played with her hair and shared my prayer with her.  She's a quiet, thoughtful, pondering kind of girl, so I don't know really what she thought of it.    But I know this.  She has no doubt her momma loves her.  She knows for certain I trust God to meet her needs and help her grow.  I don't know if she will even remember a single specific part of my prayer for her.  Really, that's not what matters.  What matters, is that she knows that I pray for her.  She knows that I love her.  She knows that I trust God to meet all her needs.  And that, I think, is the very best gift I can give her as she begins her fourteenth year.

Happy birthday, my darling girl.  Your momma loves you so much.

11 comments:

amelia said...

What a precious gift! I doubt she will ever forget it . . .

With that, Happy Birthday, Sloane!

Mac n' Janet said...

She looks so grown up. When I first started following your blog she was a little girl, now she looks like a young woman.

Retired English Teacher said...

Amen to all your said. I think just knowing a mom is praying gives a child a great sense of security. My mother, age 99, still prays for me. That touches my heart to this day and I am 70. I know I can count on her prayers.

Your daughter is beautiful. Happy birthday to her. Believe me, I never looked like that at 14. Wow. God bless her.

Marilyn Miller said...

You have such a special heart. Sending love to Sloane as she begins her 15th year. Happy Birthday!

alexa said...

Happy birthday to Sloane! And the knowledge and experience that she is loved unconditionally will be the foundation of her whole life. What a gift :).

Jeanne said...

Happy Birthday Sloane. Much love and many blessings
A beautifuful posting Relyn
Love Jeanne

My Fancy Bathroom said...

Your girl is so beautiful! Lisa Myfancybathroom

Mrs. E said...

She is just beautiful! And I love that you shared your prayers for her with her. I bet she remembers that long after she has forgotten most things!

HKatz said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! I wish her a happy, successful year.

I agree that the most important thing is that she knows she's loved. That feeling of love and security is irreplaceable. It has a lasting power. I've cried over children who've grown up without that kind of love, because its lack haunts them.

gkgirl said...

Awwwwwwwww....I love this....happy birthday to your special girl ❤

beth said...

such a gorgeous girl…
such a precious, beautiful and full hearted mom…..
x

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