I enjoyed each step of parenting my daughters. When they were babies, I loved that stage best. When they started walking, that was the age I loved best. Preschool, gradeschool and tween years -- all my favorite. And although many told me, "Just wait until they hit their teens," sorry, I love their teenage years, too.
|Photo by Emily|
As Melanie, and now Emily, emerged from teens, an exciting thing happened -- we became best friends. With Melanie we were looking towards graduation, celebrating an engagement and planning a wedding. Such good memories. Now again, we are looking towards graduation with Emily, planning on watching her leave home for the university and whatever God has for her in this next step of life. And again I'm thinking, this is the age I like best (except for the leaving home bit).
I've spent the best week with Melanie. I sent her off for naps often, but we had lots of time to sit and talk, cherish her new son and plan fun projects. My firstborn, the daughter we waited nine years for, is my dear friend.
|My mother and Emily|
It must be that this is the relationship God intended mothers and daughters to have. Somehow in teaching your daughter to be a woman, to place her relationship with God above all others and to treasure friends and family, you grow into an inseparable friendship.
With Melanie this is taken a step further as I delight in her role of Mother. I giggle when she sends a child to their room to find a happy face, delight in the craft and play time she plans for her children, and find joy in browsing the stack of parenting and marriage books she's reading -- striving to do the best in the career she has chosen.