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Today our daughter, Hope, turns fifteen. That means she can learn to drive a car.
On the road.
Where other cars drive.
And big trucks.
And motorcycle gangs.
And farmers on their tractors…
It seems like only yesterday we brought her home from the hospital.
And it seems like only yesterday when she was relegated to the back seat of the car, strapped in a car seat.
Now she’s gonna be driving a car? How can that be? What happened? The years have passed by much too quickly. They have. I’ve heard it all my life, but when the reality of it hits, it’s quite another thing altogether.
But no time to fret. Today is her day. And while I’d like to be teaching her how to color within the lines, instead of drive between the lines, we celebrate her life and what a beautiful young lady, inside and out, that she’s become.
From a very young she’s been bright eyed, and full of life.
She was so excited and proud to become a big sister.
She likes to laugh, and sing, and has a good attitude about trying out new things. Like driving cars.
She’s a book worm too. Many, many books have been read over the years.
Hope has grown from a sweet little girl…
Into a charming, talented and fun-loving young lady.
So today we celebrate.
We celebrate with smiles and laughter. And cake.
Today we celebrate another year of Hope.
Happy 15th sweet child of mine!
And don’t forget to fasten your seat belt. It’s gonna be a great ride!
What sweet post … beautiful baby girl. Yep, they grow up so fast, almost in a blink of an eye. Psst, you can always hide the keys!
Amy, your blog is as beautiful as our Hope is both on the outside and inside.
Happy Sweet 15. (a note for Hope)
Hope, You are and have always been considered as one of God’s greatest blessings to our family. Your being the “first” grandchild holds special memories for us. There are no words to describe holding you the first time. The overwhelming feeling of love for you made me feel as though God was revealing the future as you were the first of the next generation.
You have grown up into a lovely and talented young lady and I know you make God smile, especially when you sing His praises. And as you enter into the next adventure in life of becoming a licensed driver remember to let Him be your co-pilot and “go easy on the gas and the BRAKE”.
Love you yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Awww – Happy Belated Birthday Hope 🙂
even though I insult her most of the time I agree
What a beautiful girl. She has such a light in her eyes – and your wonderful dimples!
What a beautiful young woman! It is crazy how quickly the time goes by. I have a dear friend who says, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper – the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” Too Funny and so true!
What a beautiful post for Hope. Wishing her a safe and happy 15th birthday.
This is such a sweet post. Your daughter is stunning. Hope she had a great bday!
How wonderful. What sweet memories!
Just breathe, mama… I’m sure you’ve raised your girl well. 😉
She is simply beautiful! It’s amazing to see how quickly kids grow up.
And don’t worry, most motorcycle riders aren’t so bad. =)