Today is our girl’s 17th birthday and I just wanted to say thank you! Ever since Reina came to us as a tiny baby, we have prayed for you and also thanked the Lord for you! Every birthday, every Mother’s Day, every Christmas, you are always on my heart and I think of you with such gratitude. I wish you could know this precious girl today - you would be amazed by her. From the time she entered our lives, she has been an absolute joy! When she was little she was always - and I mean ALWAYS - smiling. It was like every day was a giant party that she had gotten invited to!
She’s a junior in high school now and just got her driver’s license. In many ways, she’s wise beyond her years. She loves all kinds of music - but NOT country. Every square inch of the walls in her room are covered with music posters, photos of friends, etc...I sometimes wonder if the room will collapse if we take all the stuff off the walls. She’s artistic and emotional. She loves makeup and will always offer to do my hair and makeup before I speak or perform and I let her since she’s so much cooler than I am! She’s good with kids and they love her - she babysits and works with kids at our church every week.
She is compassionate and hurts so deeply when others hurt. That kind of heart can be hard on a person in this world. I have that same kind of heart so she’s like my emotional spirit animal - we totally get each other in that way. She still climbs up into bed with me once in a while and snuggles with me - although those times are getting fewer and farther between. She loves photography and has an incredible eye behind the camera - it’s just in her to know how to take the right shot. She worries a lot. She would go to every single rock concert that came to our area if she had the money to do it.
When I look at her, I wonder about you. I wonder if you know that you made the right decision. I wonder if you know that she is doing extraordinarily well. I wonder if you know that she is thankful for you and so are we. You would be so incredibly proud of her! And so today. I want to tell you from one mama to another - thank you. Those two words are not nearly enough but I hope you somehow know deep in your spirit that our little family is so grateful to you for the dear gift you gave to us in the form of our Reina.