this picture is from last week, when i was still in the hospital after having M. i have 2 very vivid memories of her birth- the first is from immediately after she was born, and Dr. miller placed her on my stomach. i reached down to hold her, and her little hiney just fit into my right palm. the second is from that same night, after the nurse brought her in to me to eat. i was sound asleep, after just having given birth, and she bustled in, turned on the light, and handed me this hungry, rooting baby. the thought that went through my mind at that time was- here is this little life, this is my responsibility for the next 18 years.
this final picture is from her graduation party on Saturday- cutting the cake. my little girl is all grown up, and ready (eager) to leave for college in the fall. she will be attending bob jones university in south Carolina, studying to be a nurse. she will be so far away- and i cannot even begin to fathom how much i will miss her. i get teary just writing this, and thinking about it. through a miracle, and God's grace, we managed to raise a beautiful daughter- as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. she is thoughtful, compassionate and tender, eager to serve God and others, and follow His will for her life. i marvel that this beautiful young woman is my daughter. she will always be a testament to me of God's love, grace and mercy.