I can’t believe it’s been 18 years since I first held this sweet little gal for the first time. Watching her grow up has been one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given.
She’s just been the happiest easiest child in the whole world to raise. Always smiling and laughing and ready to start a new day.
She’s my second daughter and for 10 years she was the baby and I thought she would be my last. In a way it’s almost like the last of my first set of daughters is on her way to being grown and out of the nest.
She’s been an amazing part of this family, wonderful sister to her siblings. She is strong in her soul and has done so well in school and work and every other area of her life. I would like to take partial credit for her success but she is not a child that I’ve had to lay down rules or discipline for. She’s always had her own strong moral compass and a perfectionism that has helped her to succeed in everything she tries. That perfectionism has caused many tears as well. If I could send her out with one message it would be that doing your best is great. But it is also ok to not be perfect. Especially if it’s hurting her heart.
It’s been an amazingly incredible journey and I am so excited to see what life holds holds for her. I hope that whatever life brings, it brings joy and fulfillment. She’s worked so hard in her life to do the right things and make the right decisions. I know it will continue to pay off for her down the road.
I am lucky to still have one year left with Hannah before she heads off 5 hours away to college. Prom is coming up soon and then a beautiful summer and all of the busyness and excitement Senior year in high school brings. I hope to make the most of the time we have before she flies out of the nest!