Sunday was Hailey's birthday. My first born is 18. It seems like just yesterday that she was a wiggly newborn and I was a brand spankin' new Mommy without a clue.
I've learned a lot in the time that has past between then and now.
How to properly burp, change and feed an unwilling infant. How to safely buckle, curb and constrain an unruly toddler. How to successfully guide, teach and counsel a crushed teen. Sometimes all in the same day.
I've also learned compassion, patience, and unconditional love. I've learned about heartache, rebellion and unbridled joy.
I've practiced the 5 second rule with nookies, noodles and nectarines. I've tackled mountains of laundry, traveled miles in carpools and participated in unnumbered discoveries.
Countless times over, the lessons have played out in our home for all to see my success as well as failures.
I am so humbled by God's blessings.
So to commemorate this momentous occasion of 18 years of parenthood, we decided to give Hailey a gift she had been begging for.
And the rest was a blur...
Need a closer look?
We'd appreciate prayers for a keeper if you wouldn't mind.