One thing I must address immediately is that my oldest child had a birthday last week!
Yes, Paige is now 15 years old. I could do the old statement "Where did the time go???" deal, but I won't.
This girl of mine has given me 15 of the best years of my life. On April 14, 1994, she made me a Mama. That, I believe, is one of the greatest gifts I've ever received.
Each and every day I am in awe of the person she is becoming. She pushes my hot buttons and in the next breath, makes me laugh until I cry. I know my time with her gets shorter every day. Soon, she'll want to leave and spread her wings. I can't fault her for that because it was something I sure enjoyed doing when the time came. I am grateful that she willingly goes with us as a family to do things and most of the time surprises herself by having a good time.
She is a Mama's Girl through and through...unless her Papa or Poppies is around.
She loves small babies and the elderly. I encourage her all the time to pursue those interests.
She has a wonderful work ethic. She has no problem working and earning money to pay her own way.
She is passionate about her beliefs and can argue her side better than any lawyer you'll meet.
She is beautiful inside and out. (Uh..don't ask her sister about this-they tend to scrap quite a bit at times.)
I am honored that God picked this special person out for me to share my life with. She has been a blessing I wouldn't trade for all the riches of this world. With her, I am rich.
As soon as her grades are where her Dad and I want them to be, she gets to try for her learner's permit. Oh, joy.
Thank you, Paige, for not reaming me a new one for not putting up this post on your exact birthday. Just another sign of maturity and growth you're showing us. (I'll make another sushi run to make up for it later.)
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl. We sure love you.