Today my youngest child, my daughter Sierra turns 13 years old. When my son turned 13 it didn't really register the same emotional impact as it does now that my daughter has reached this milestone. Being 3 years apart in age, Sierra in my mind
is was always the baby. My little peanut. Now, 3 years doesn't seem like an age gap at all. Over the past few
years I've watched Sierra grow from my baby girl, to my BIG girl, and now...my teenage girl.
I can remember vividly the moment Sierra was born. I remember how she looked, smelled, how small and soft she was. I remember the trip home from the hospital, and how we spent every minute of the first 15 months of her life parenting out of books. I remember...when she started walking, talking, learning, growing, when she got her ears pierced, learned to ride a bike, her very 1st sleepover, and her 1st time spending the night away from home. Thirteen years zoomed by in a blink of an eye. Where does the time go? It seems like no sooner than taking her out of diapers, that I'm now preparing her for high school. : '}
Sierra has an amazing sense of humor, sometimes bordering on gross or dry, but always funny, and always well past her age level. She dresses herself quite fashionably, writes profusely, and sings like a sparrow. She's smart, witty, and to be honest...pure awesomeness backed by an adorable smile. ...And I've had the pleasure of watching her persona develop. To my dear daughter, I just want to say that I am so very proud of the young woman you have become. Not a day goes by that you don't amaze me in some sort of capacity.
To the fathers: if you have daughters, treat them like the lady you would expect their future boyfriends & husbands to do. Tell her she's beautiful, smart, funny and awesome. Tell her you are a better man because she is your daughter. Let her know what she means to you as a man, and as a father. Every little girl needs to know her parents specifically her daddy loves her.
Happy Birthday Sierra. ♥XOXO Daddy.
Happy Birthday my Sierra. Mommy ♥'s you.