"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A young woman emerging...



Well, it's official.  As of tomorrow at 2:55 am there will be a third teenager in this house!  I have no idea how that happened....it wasn't supposed to happen so soon, was it??  All those years that have been creeping by are suddenly right in my face.  There were days that it seemed I would be raising babies forever...days I wasn't sure which way was up and how on earth I survived it alone.  But looking back today, it was but a blink...snapshots of little bodies grown way too quickly.  Somehow I had myself convinced that because she was the youngest she'd always be little. 

She came to us in just the right order...last in line, two big brothers to hover over her.  I was certain I'd wanted a girl for every pregnancy...certain I'd understand a girl better and know just what to do with her.  But first came two boys...stunting me at first....making me wonder just what kind of sense of humor our Creator must have!  Two boys full of life, energy and sometimes, fight.  We lived tractors and firetrucks, hockey sticks and baseball...and we were happy with this life.  But when she came, that armful of pinkness...I almost didn't know what to do with her!  She moved a part of me I hadn't known existed....a part of me that was too afraid to even hope for a daughter.  I was complete with those energetic little boys...they'd taught me so much about boyhood that I had never known I wanted to know.  And I was prepared to do it a third time....just because I was afraid to hope that maybe....

And yet, there she was in my arms...tears spilling all over her precious face.  And I was hooked...forever.




Subjected to life with two big brothers who weren't really sure what to do with her at first...but just loved all over her!


Life with this little girl has always been a blessing....she was the ray of sunshine that kept me smiling through tears...


She brought gentleness to an otherwise rowdy household...



She brought a love for all things pink I didn't know was hidden inside me...



And she keeps me laughing and in awe of all that she is becoming.



This young lady that wakes up in my house every morning is a source of joy and delight to us all.  Amidst the busyness of our days and the clatter of our lives she brings me back to reality.  The harsh reality that these moments are precious and fleeting.  These days are few, and she will one day...in the not so distant future...walk her own walk, right out of my home.  She'll be grown and eagerly stepping out to her future.  But today, she's still becoming Emma....still finding her way through the distractions and sometimes ugliness of our world.  She's determining who she wants to be, and Whose she wants to be.  She's deciding if what she's been taught all her life is really all it's cracked up to be.  If it's worth the risk of losing herself to a bigger Plan.  She's determining if God is really who He says He is....does He really love her like a Father and keep her like a Shepherd?  These are the things of a young lady's heart...the things that tug deep and pull hard at the core of who she is.  All around her wants to tell her another story...wants to pull her far from the Path that's been laid out since ancient times....But this precious one has been bought with a price.  Her name is engraved on the palm of the Redeemer's hand.  She is His.

She is a young woman...emerging.  And my heart is in awe. 

I love you, Emmaleigh Catherine...
Happy 13th Birthday!

3 comments:

vivien said...

wow terri! i love every single one of those pictures, but esp the one of 2 young boys, holding emma and nicks arm around alex's neck! precious!!
it's wonderful how you honor each of your children with your words at different milestones of their lives! your heart and emotions come through with every single word!
you are a great mother... the LORD has really equiped and empowered you through this journey of motherhood! keep us the good work! :)

marlene said...

beautiful.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I had a few rare free minutes, and I chose to read some of your latest posts. This my friend, was one of the sweetest, most endearing tributes to a daughter, that I have ever read. Your way of writing totally amazes me,and your love for the Lord totally blesses me. I want to wish Emma a belated birthday. She is so pretty! On the last picture, you two look alike.

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