20 on the 20th...the birthday girl

Updated: Nov 17, 2018

Due to my own lack of maturity, I sometimes forget its possible for me to have kids that are turning into adults. Even though it's an expected progression of things and because I've always had extra youngsters in the waiting, I never really noticed how quickly time was moving until I started planning my daughters upcoming 20th birthday for the 20th of November.

I've always made birthday celebrations a big deal. With four children, I like to have one day of the year devoted just to them. Anyone who has more than one child can appreciate how hard it can be to focus on just a single person in a household. And although I normally give each of my kids 25 percent of me, most of the time, (it adds up to 100%) don't judge, this day is all about them.

Thinking back to twenty years ago brings me to a time of mixed emotions: joy, happiness, and uncertainty just to name a few. To say that this small infant swaddled in a hospital blanket, wearing a pink and blue striped newborn beanie saved my life, is an understatement. God blessed me with 7 lb. 6 oz. little girl that would change my life for the better. Her sparkling blue eyes and belly laugh secured a spot in my heart forever and despite her future stubborn, tenacious and determined qualities that prompted me to purchase my first book entitled, The Strong Willed Child, she was and is, a ray of light.