In just a few days, she will be sixteen.
I found this photo of Emily and her friends at her fifth grade graduation. I cropped it down to the image you see here. Like this...it has huge meaning for me.
A blurry image...because it is so hard to remember this little girl, all of 12...wanting to be so big.
Kissing the elementary years good-bye! Heading off to middle school.
And now....again...kissing the little girl in her good-bye!
She dreams of being sixteen...and grown....and free.
Last week, she announced " This is last Thursday that you will have to take me to work!" and "Next time I go to the orthodontist, I can drive myself!" and so on. I remember the freedom and the feeling of independence.
I am so proud of who she is....and what her being grown up will really look like one day.
Sixteen is a milestone! One of many more to come!
She is growing up ....but she is not grown up yet!