** Due to the increasing severity of MY ILLNESS, it has become impossible for me to continue to post on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as much as I desperately long to, I am also unable to visit each of your blogs often or reciprocate all the loving, supportive comments many of you continue to leave - even though at times it may appear as though you've arrived at some long ago, forsaken blog! With that said, I really want you to know that I miss every single one of you and that I really am still here! I'm just too sick and too weak most days to be able to sit up long enough to create a brand new post...or even read one. However, I absolutely do receive AND read every new encouraging word you leave (and, often, the old ones, again and again!) and I cherish them now more than ever! I truly appreciate your love, support, and, most importantly, your precious time spent on your knees in prayer for my family and me. It ALL means the world to me and I am truly blessed to have friends like you!
~Hugs and Sister Love, Teresa

FYI: All comments come to my email, which I can easily read on my phone. I also enjoy Facebook on my phone because I can catch up on A LOT in a very short time there. Soooo, if you're on Facebook, come 'friend' me there! {{HUGS}} **

Friday, August 6, 2010

SWEET, SWEET SIXTEEN


Today, my youngest daughter, my 'baby', is celebrating her Sweet 16th birthday! It is so hard to believe that she is 16 and only just 2 short years away from becoming an adult. It seems like I just wrote this post about her 15th birthday. *sigh* As I've said, over and over again, I absolutely can not figure out where all the time has gone!

Later on this evening, several of Bekah's friends will be coming over for her Sweet 16th Birthday Party. Morgan, her older sister by 28 months, has been the 'party planner' for it all and I'm so excited to see how it turns out. It should be fairly simple, as far as Sweet 16 parties go, but still really nice.



BEKAH AND MORGAN
(Click to Enlarge Pictures)

Today, and the next few weeks, are going to be very exciting, very chaotic and a little bit sad - all mixed together! I have been anticipating this, and sort of grieving over it all, for quite some time now, but all of it still sort of sneaked up on me as we were meandering through the lazy days of summer. I already have one grown daughter who is married with two beautiful children of her own. In just a little over a week, my middle daughter begins college. She is very excited and is preparing to move in with my aunt, who lives in Alabama, so that she can begin her freshman year of college in just ELEVEN days! And, of course, my youngest daughter turns 16 today and will soon begin driving a car all by herself . *sniff sniff* What am I going to do with myself??

Bekah's taking silly photos of herself after a recent hair cut


I found this today and it totally fits the occasion.

American humorist Erma Bombeck made a beautiful observation about raising children:


'I see children as kites. You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you're both breathless...they crash...they hit the rooftop...you patch and comfort, adjust and teach. You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they'll fly. Finally, they are airborne, they need more string and you keep letting it out. But with each twist of the ball of twine, there is a sadness that goes with the joy. The kite becomes more distant, and you know it won't be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you together and will soar as it is meant to soar, free and alone. Only then do you know that your job is done.'

~ Erma Bombeck



Our Lord God Almighty has definitely blessed me with three very beautiful, intelligent and extremely amazing 'kites' and I love them very, very much! I can't wait to see what He has planned for each of their futures.


BEKAH, MORGAN and WHITNEY
My 'Kites'




HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBEKAH!!!!!

We love you!

Mama Daddy and Momo



8 comments:

Dawn said...

What a beautiful post and adorable girls. My oldest just graduated from college ~ before this I kept thinking of it as a "temporary" situation. Time for me to face reality!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Happy Birthday! My 'baby' celebrated her sweet 16 in February. She's my oldest though. It is hard to believe!

Karen Hubbard said...

Happy Birthday Rebekah!!!!!!!!! It is hard to believe that you are done sweet 16 where have the years gone it just seems like yesterday I had you in the nursery .
Love,
Karen Hubbard

Karen Mortensen said...

Your daughters are so beautiful just like their mom. That is exciting that they are growing into such fine young ladies.

I love Erma Bombeck.

Rebekah said...

Thank you, Mama! I love you so much! I couldn't ask for a better family to spend my birthday with, and thank you SO MUCH for getting my party planned!!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

Congrats Bekah on your 16th birthday! I hope you are celebrating too Teresa...16 years of being a great mom to her.
I love the kite metaphor! You gave me a glimpse into what I'll be feeling 15 years from now. *sigh*

septembermom said...

16!!! Woo hoo!! I remember those days way back when. I wish your lovely young lady a very happy birthday! I love the "kites" reference. May your beauties soar through all of life's difficulties and climb the greatest heights of happiness and joy.

Tree said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter! I also have one celebrating her Sweet 16 in October...and yes, she is learning to drive as well. LOL She is our 2nd oldest....the oldest is engaged and they have two little ones. Time sure flies...and I love the kite analogy. Erma Bombeck ROCKS!

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