Kayla is thirteen today.
I can't wrap my head around the fact that she is a TEENAGER!
How is it possible that I gave birth to a little tiny (6 lbs 13 oz and 18.25 in) human thirteen years ago?
I don't know what to do about this business of having a teenager in the house, but we will figure it out! It also means she is another year closer to becoming an adult and that is something that is happening too quickly!
She was so excited to become a teen today and has been anticipating this for well over a month. She got a room makeover in a new comforter set and curtains. It was time to retire the butterfly theme she's had for oh, about 6 years now! We've upgraded to something more teenish.
Last month she also got a new pair of glasses. Her first pair she did well with and they lasted 3 years. Her lenses needed a slight increase in prescription so she picked out new frames. This was a lesson in restraint for me in stepping back and not influencing her decision (as I did somewhat with my opinion on her first pair of glasses). She picked out her new frames and they are 100% perfect for her.
(Random thought: She still refers to Lucas as, "My Lucas" and I love it.)
I pray we have the strength and guidance to lead her through these next few years as she grows into adulthood ... I hope she finds her voice as a self-advocate, and that we can teach her to be independent, self-confident, and how to find - and make - her way through this world.
Happy birthday to my beautiful thirteen year old Kayla! May you continue to grow and learn and love the world around you and find joy in the every day things.