Today this little young lady makes the leap from 8 to 9. A few days ago, she exercised her growing independence by having 8 inches of hair cut off and donated to Locks of Love. I was so proud, yet so sad. I feared that the hair cut would make her look more grown-up. I feared she would lose some of her sweet innocence. I feared I would lose my baby girl.
Well, she does look more grown-up, and more beautiful. She did NOT, however, lose any of her sweetness nor her innocence. And I can't say that I've lost my baby girl, but I am gaining a wonderful, loving, precious, lovely young lady, that I call daughter, who once upon a time (ok, not that long ago) was my baby girl. Honestly, she'll always be my baby girl, who am I kidding?!
Happy birthday, Lem, my sweet. May God always keep you precious in His sights. I know I will.