I know it's trite to say that time flies, but I literally have trouble believing that my sweet baby Katie just turned fourteen. Fourteen!! It seems so big, so grown up, so mature, so scary. And I suppose she is all of those things, actually.
The first one to volunteer to help me shovel the snow, the one who is my right hand in our house, with the kids, with life.... is growing up. It's hard to believe in a few more short years she will be heading off to college, taking on the world as an adult. It makes me a tad teary to think about it, but is also makes my heart swell with pride. I'm happy to say that now, at fourteen, come what may, I genuinely like my teenager - which I know is a huge blessing in itself, one not every parent has at this particular moment.
Happy Birthday, Katie.