it’s Your Birthday and You’re my Gift

This beautiful girl may look like a teenager, but today she turns 25!! And this blows my mind for several reasons, one of which is that (while the years say differently), I don’t feel old enough to have a 25 year old daughter!

She was born and gave me the gift of motherhood.

Yet I also feel like she’s been a part of my life forever. In the very best way. From the moment she was born, she’s been teaching me about life, myself and what it means to be a mom. She has become one of my closest friends, and truly this is her gift to me. The gift of motherhood. As moms, we get glimpses of this throughout our years of raising our children. Like a peek at an amazing present that is going to be ours, but given to us in stages.

Well I’m here to say that this is a gift worth waiting for! As they grow from children into young adults, our daughters (and our sons) make for the most extraordinary friends. What other friend can you say you have not only known since birth, but that you were their first love, their first friend?

Every birthday reminds me of that time years ago, when my life changed forever, in the most magnificent way. Every birthday is a celebration of this – and a celebration of another year of life made brighter, more full of love, smiles, adventures and anticipation of all the incredible ways she will (and has already begun to) improve the world – because of the gift that she is.

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