I'm a Teenage Parent

Today, March 10, is my daughter's 13th birthday. Our firstborn. Our only girl. I've been a parent for 13 years, today. And she's been there for every single one of those days.

Here are 13 things that I love about my girl.

1. She's so tender hearted. She always thinks of others first.

2. She's incredibly responsible for a young lady her age. She amazes me. She's way more mature than a lot of adults that I know.

3. She makes the best baby sitter for Micah. She's a second mommy to him.

4. She knows how to laugh and have a good time. We love each other's company to watch movies together, to shop together or even cook together.

5. She's so comfortable with who she is. She doesn't feel peer pressure like a lot of kids her age do.

6. Even when it's all about her, she tries to include her brothers. I promised to take her and her friend to a movie over the weekend and she chose to rent movies instead so the whole family could benefit.

7. She's not afraid to tell me things. She'll confide in me about her friends, what they're doing, and ask for help in dealing with certain situations.

8. She's a great decorator. I ask her opinion on things all the time.

9. She's a wonderful help around the house. I love that she's learning life skills, and tell her all the time that her friends will pay her well to help them learn these things in college.

10. She's so incredibly social. I love that she makes friends so easily.

11. She's a peace maker. She cannot stand for her friends to be at outs with each other and will agonize over how to help everyone get along.

12. She looks so much like me, and yet so much like daddy. Her baby pictures and mine are only different by the clothing worn. But the older she gets the more she looks like daddy. I love that she's so much like both of us. (She's the only one that looks like me, I've gotta enjoy it to it's fullest.)

13. She's our daughter and nobody else's. We've been so blessed with such a wonderful, sweet girl.

30 comments:

jessica said...

happy birthday! may the teenage years be easy on you, karen!! she sounds like a gem :)

Nap Warden said...

What a sweet post...Happy Birthday!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! To both of you!

The Sports Mama said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful girl!

And mama? Give yourself a pat on the back.... she's got those amazing qualities because she's got a mama who encourages them!

Cecily R said...

My gosh, she is a beauty!

What a great post. She sounds like a fantastic kid! I echo Sports. She's great in part because she has great examples!

Happy Birthday!!

brandianndesigns said...

happy birthday!!! :)

my birthday is tomorrow. i'm alot older than 13 though.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Happy birthday!

And congratulations, Karen, on 13 years of a job well done. There's a reason you have such great kids, you know.

Sniz said...

What a wonderful testimony! You are blessed!

pb&j in a bowl said...

Happy birthday to you teenager! I love your 13 list of loves. Especially #7. That is so important, particularly through the teenage years. Keep up the good work. She's beautiful- inside and out.

Oh, btw, I LOVE your header picture. Spring is here!! Well- almost.

Andrea said...

Happy Birhtday!! She sounds like a wonderful girl!! I hope my daughter will be that great!! My sister has a 12 year old that is like that!! A little momma and so sweet and mature!! I love it!!
Then there are boys!! LOL!!

Maria said...

That's so great that you have a daughter that you're so proud of, especially at the sometimes difficult age of 13. She sounds like a really nice girl. Too bad youdon't live closer to us! I love for my daughter to have nice friends like that. And if she looks like you then you must be really pretty, too.

Linds said...

She is so pretty!

Happy Birthday!!!

kimmy said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. What a great post and a special daughter you have...

Kimmy

Lori said...

Happy birthday to your daughter... I hope the rest of her teenage years are as smooth as can be!

caramama said...

Happy birthday to your daughter, and happy birthing day to you! She sounds like such a wonderful girl, and she is so lovely! Good luck with the upcoming teenage years--but I'll bet you don't need luck with a great girl like that!

Fannie Mae said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! May you continue to avoid teenaged angst!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Oh, Lordy, Karen!? How do they get that old. I think I better get pg soon. I'm suffering panic attacks for 3...who knows what 13 will do?!

Karen MEG said...

Happy birthday to a beautiful girl! Sounds like you should be proud of the job you've been doing raising this wonderful daughter of yours.

OHmommy said...

Beautiful. The daughter and the post. Happy birthday!

Debbie Yost said...

What a wonderfut tribute to your daughter. Happy birthday!

Irene said...

What an absolutely sweet post!

Unfortunately kids in that age group often get a bad rap, it is nice to hear how wonderful they can be for a change.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday to you dear, sweet girl!!

Madame Queen said...

What a gorgeous, amazing young lady. I think it's so great what a wonderful relationship you have and I hope I can have the same kind with my daughter.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

That smile!! She's beautiful! Happy Birthday! She sounds amazing.

Pam said...

Happy Birthday! She is beautiful. What a wonderful tribute!

Aimee said...

"isn't she lovely? Isn't she wonderful?"

(Just imagine me as Stevie Wonder. I know - it's a stretch!)

Happy Birthday to your new teenager - and Happy Birth Day to you!

utmomof5 said...

Sounds like you are raising one amazing girl!! Great tribute.

Christina

Cheffie-Mom said...

I absolutely LOVE your 13 things!!! I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday!!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I am looking foward to sharing more stories with you! I have a "Family to Family" section where mothers can put in their own stories and pictures of their kids. I'd love for you to put your own! PS-- my son's favorite color is red also!! :)

Shellie said...

She's great!!!!

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday Becky! (a little late)

these are all the reasons why I would like to have a little girl...my boys are fun and I love them, but it sure would be nice to have a girl, too. ;)