Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Little Woman


Sixteen years ago, today
{Could it really be that long?}
Sixteen birthdays
Sixteen Christmases
Ten back-to-schools
Ten spring breaks
Ballet lessons
Vacation Bible School
Horseback riding lessons
Skating and skiing
Art classes
Horse Camp
Harp lessons

A baby yearned for 
and dreamed about for
nearly four long years.


Names we considered
but didn't choose
{according to her baby book}:

Grace
Charlotte
Anna 
Caitlin
Tate

My husband wanted
Carolina {pronounced
Care-o-leena} Elizabeth,
but we figured no one would
pronounce it correctly, so we went
with our next choice, Elizabeth
Caroline {Care-o-line}.

Some say Elizabeth comes
from the Celtic Beath,  meaning
life; others say it is from the
Hebrew Bethia, meaning house.

I figured that if she chose
to shorten her name, she
might choose Beth, like
the character from the 
story Little Women.

But she wasn't a Beth.

At three, she was a
Lily, as in the precocious
character from Lily and
The Purple Plastic Purse.




As she grew older,
she was more like Beth's
older sister, Jo ~ spunky
and Tom-boyish ~ wanted
to be a vet, rode horses and
fished and in third grade her
best friend was the new boy
in class. She collected rocks
at recess and loved Legos.

Second grade

Third grade best buddies
Summer before Sixth Grade
My dad called her his
plucky girl.  Back then,
he was the only one who
she would answer to
with a nickname.

Liz.

That all changed the
year that she changed
schools and started
as the new kid in
middle school.  I'm
not sure why, but her
Pa's plucky girl became
quieter and spent more
hours drawing in her tiny
room, enjoying time at
home, shining her mega-
watt smile {something
that has never changed}
on our little dog, rather
than on boys at the mall.


In short, she'd become
more like Beth and less
like Jo.

A homebody who would
do virtual high school if we
let her, she's most comfortable
in her flannel pj bottoms and
hoodies than in the latest
fashions.  She didn't pierce
her ears until 15 and swears
that she will never color
her hair, although if someone
else wants to {or even wear their
 hair red or purple or green} she
won't judge their choice.


Declared at seven that she'd
 never call us Mom and Dad, 
but always Mommy and Daddy.  
And she still does : )

My girl loves U-2, the
ASPCA, a good mystery,
Pixar, Etsy and the Discovery
Channel.  Her rendition of
the Theme from Up! on
her harp makes my heart sing.


Quietly faith-filled but still
gutsy enough to debate
anyone who would claim
that animals don't have souls.

While she answers mainly
to Elizabeth, many of her
close friends, and yes, often
her daddy and I, call her
Lizzie.

But in my heart, she's a Beth.

And like Beth, she is the heart
of our home.


A home that will seem oddly
different in two short years when
she leaves us for college.

My eyes well often, at the thought.

They have since I first waved her
off to school on the Kindergarten bus,
imagining our future ~ a distant future, I 
thought at the time ~ without her in it.
I still wave good-bye from inside the
 front door until the bus is out of sight,
and she still waves back.

For those of you with younger
children:  it comes fast, my friends.

For those of you who have already
let your birdies fly the nest, 
how did you do it?


Sixteen years.

My little girl is
now my little woman,
and I love her so.

xx
Suzanne

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners
 till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees 
the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, 
and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, 
leaving silence and shadow behind.

~ Little Women


70 comments:

Style Attic said...

Hello! Thank you for stopping by again, I have added you to my sidebar so I can keep coming back. I totally needed a warning that I would be needing kleenex by the end of this post!! What a wonderful documentation of a life and a milestone birthday. It seems so far away that my children will reach this age, yet I know it will be here before I can say tomorrow. She is beautiful and your words are just as lovely. Happy birthday to Beth :) XO, Kelly

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, eh? What a lovely young woman you've raised. Letting go is the hardest thing us mama's are ever asked to do. Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

krys kirkpatrick said...

Oh I understand..my youngest is now 25 and such a blessing. They are truly amazing.

Linda said...

What a beautiful post for a beautiful daughter...you are blessed! Happy birthday, Elizabeth!

Anonymous said...

Such a sweet description of your beautiful daughter. They do grow fast !

Marie said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Beth. What a lovely girl she is, but then again, how could she not be. I have been blessed with 5 children, whom have all flown the next. Thankfully it happened only one at a time. It's hard no matter how much you prepare yourself. If you've given them the wings to fly, then it's all good, and they do fly back from time to time. xxoo

Jane said...

Oh, Suzanne, what an affecting post! I have goosebumps in faraway Hobart. This is a gorgeous summation of her life so far. And I adore the 'Little Women' theme - my Mum thinks she was named after that character, too. Happy 16th birthday, sweet Beth! J x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning my dear friend. Oh how time does fly; Ruben and I are celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary this Sunday March 6. All the years full of hope, happiness and challenges come together to create a beautiful human being, two wonderful souls, whatever the years have created....you have a beautiful girl here...I SEE HER CELTIC HARP!!! BRAVO!!

Love to you all my dear! Anita

Julie said...

bwah...Okay...I'm sitting on the sofa, running my toes on Gracies back...and you are handing me a tissue...heck the whole box, and the cup of coffee, and patting me on the back,...saying...It's okay...It's okay...Don't cry...It was just a post....Suzanne...it is hard. It is so necessary though...They need to leave the nest...some faster than others, and if we try to reach and grab, we will only end up with some feathers in our hands...for they are FLYING!
The fledglings have flown. You feel it as they do the practice flights in one night sleepovers, weekend getaways, week long retreats, summer camps...and then...they feel ready...and Mama ....doesn't...ever.
every one...we will cry. But what a blessing to cry over having to let go rather than crying that they would HURRY UP and get out of the nest...yes? My Justin didn't just leave home ...but he did leave the states again...yesterday...and I cry...that BIG HERO Marine guy called up to Libya...yeah...I cry...One month from today he turns 22. His 20th birthday he was away at Parris Island. His 21st birthday he was away in Afghanistan. I ...am...hoping...this mission...(a different type) will be only for a month...mama's can hope....and yes they will cry...but we can also dream ...with their little birds...and let go...and cheer as they soar...Hugs and LOVE to you Suzanne..another heartmoving post.xoxo

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'm another Little Woman - Laura! I couldn't help but notice you never referred to the movie 'Sixteen Candles'. Your Liz, Lizzie, Beth, Eluzabeth sounds lovely - just like her mom ;)

simpledaisy said...

What a sweet post!! She is a beautiful girl!! Happy sweet 16 to her:)

Biz said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Elizabeth!
Suzanne you did a beautiful job opening your heart and helping us to see your daughter the way you do.
She sounds amazing and talented and full of life.
I hope she feels super blessed today!
Biz

Anonymous said...

I thought for a second that she was you sitting with her knees up on the couch, cup of coffee and fuzzy socks...didn't I see that before. :)
She's beautiful! I love the words you chose to describe her, the consideration you took to let us know what a beautiful girl she is, all around.
Time does go by way too fast. I would do anything for a trip back in time! I struggle with trying to hold on to my "little" boys and my changing place in their lives. You're always the mom though and they know that.
I hope she enjoys her special day -she truly sounds like a fabulous young lady.
And a girl after my own heart with U-2 and ASPCA! :)

Julie said...

I came back cause I wanted to tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE the music, I loved UP...(YES I cried) and I adore Little Women...and Your precious girl is beautiful, just like her mama...Happy Birthday to the Princess today...Loosen your grip now mama... :-) xoxoxo

SuzyMcQ said...

Suzanne, You made me well up, too. What a beautiful testament to your special, sweet daughter. Wishing her much happiness and joy on this special day and forever.

Rainy Lake Gal said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. My son turns 21 next month. I have enjoyed every stage of his precious life. Instead of focusing on when he would leave for college I focused on every sporting event, concert and play those final years of high school. Celebrating with him each of his accomplishments. I am still the first person he calls when he has news to celebrate. It is hard to let go but watching them fulfill their dreams and become exceptional adults replaces that sadness with amazing joy.

Cashon&Co said...

Is this her on the harp playing on your music? Beautiful! What a great story and ode to your daughter, she will treasure it forever. Both my grandmothers are Elizabeths and I am one too! Happy birthday to yours.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne : )

What a lovely tribute to your beautiful daughter! Your heartfelt post warmed my heart this morning.

Mary said...

Suzanne, what a gift you have in writing a love-filled wish for your sweet girl's birthday. She is adorable and does have an incredible smile that opens to her heart somehow. I can't help with how to prepare for a chick leaving the nest...as I was just a mess at that time in my life. Just thinking about it brings back the tears.. In closing, here is yet another connection between us...I named my daughter Amy after the character in Little Women.

Morning T said...

What a sweetheart. Happy Bday to Elizabeth and happy weekend to you Suzanne. You're a fabulous mom!!
xo~
T

Boho Farm and Home said...

What a sweet tribute to your daughter's 16th birthday and how appropriate to have the music from UP playing as your write her "Adventure Journal"--with many more adventures instore for her.
Blessings to you,
Caroline

Amy Arnaz said...

Good Morning Suzanne~
How to let go? Be prepared for a flood of emotion and memories to sweep over you. So much nurturing and love. So much care and teaching. When Haley left I found a ladder with strong round steps and I wrote this message on the steps of the ladder and to this day the ladder rests against a wall in her once-bedroom:
Once upon a time... and Angel lived here... and now the Angel has spread her wings.... and flown away. Fly happily, Angel.
And now my eyes are full of tears. xoxo Amy

deborah said...

happy birthday to your dear girl. and to you too--as you remember that day and her birth and place nestled into your family. btw--i love ALL variations of elizabeth, not a bad one in the bunch. :)
yes, the times goes quickly. i like jack johnson's lyric: "it's not that it goes too fast, it's that it goes at all".

Jemsmom said...

Now you have gone and made me cry. What an absolutely beautiful post. Jemma starts Kindergarten next year and I just well up thinking about it. Heck, I cried in Walmart the other day when I had to go to the big girl section to buy her panties!! Suzanne, she is such a beautiful girl and what and amazing talent she has! Her music, her art... her life! What a gift she was 16 years ago and every day since then! Happy Birthday!

"Create Beauty" said...

What a beautiful post about your darling daughter. Sending ours off to college was SO difficult for me... even though I knew she was following her heart and the path she needed to be on... and that her faith was strong and bold.

A mothers heart never weakens.

Now our married daughter lives 20 minutes away and has blessed us with 3 new little people to love.
How I would keep them all small if I could! (It's a good thing I'm not the One making these decisions!)

Suzanne, one thing I have learned is this, when we trust in God, He
gives us what we need for the day at hand, and I know from experience that He holds mothers hearts in His hands, especially when they are breaking at saying 'goodbye'.

Your daughter is a beautiful and talented young woman. You have raised that lovely flower to grow and bloom so creatively...

Now we know what our own mothers felt when we sprang from the nest!

Remember how grown up we felt? How ready to make our own way in the world? And then we look at our own children, and like those car insurance commercials, see a little girl sitting at the wheel
instead of the grown-up version she is today. Our children will always be 'our kids' and we will always be "mommy and daddy" : )

Bless you dearest,
Violet

"Create Beauty" said...

P.S. Your blog is back up in my 'dashboard', so yay for that!

~ Violet

Lisa said...

Happy birthday beautiful, artistic, musical, talented Elizabeth, and happy anniversary of becoming a mama, Suzanne. A special day for both of you!

My eyes welled with you as they do whenever I hear the Mama Mia song "Slipping Through My Fingers" about a daughter growing up (do you know it? ) I can't bear the thought and yet it's all I want in this world - to see my babes grow up. It's bittersweet, this role of motherhood, is it not?

What a ray on sunshine you girl is, Suzanne! You are so very blessed.

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

beautiful!

pollydove said...

Suzanne, what an absolutely beautiful tribute to an absolutely beautiful young woman! My youngest baby girl will be 16 in just a few weeks - time really does fly by too quickly!

paperbird said...

suzanne you daughter is lovely.
i have four that have left the nest-
only one little chickie left.
it gets harder each time.
it is wonderful to see them grow and bloom into such wonderful spirits- but at the same time it is so bittersweet.
enjoy these sweet days with your little ones- the time passes all so soon.

have a beautiful weekend

quintessence said...

Oh Suzanne - I'm all teared up!! What a lovely lovely tribute to your very beautiful daughter!! I have had 3 leave the nest already, although the oldest is back for this year only before moving on to law school. Thank goodness I still have my youngest who is 11. You will be fine when the time comes because they will want it too (hopefully). In the meantime, enjoy - you have clearly done your job well my friend!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

This is such a beautiful post. I loved it.

Our daughters are 29 and 25 and my husband and I both cried like babies when they moved out.

But we love it now . . . everytime they come home for a meal, a weekend, a cup of coffee . . . it feels like it is Christmas morning all over again. It is a very good thing to have lovely adult children that still love to come home.

You will cry like a baby, too, Suzanne and then you will be just fine and start planning for their first wonderful visit home.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Fondly,
Glenda

The enchanted home said...

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your daughter! She is such a beautiful girl....you must be proud. Amazing how fast they all grow up and definietly very bitter sweet..I long for the days of being needed and hearing all those little footsteps running all about...of course at the time, didnt' think it was so "cute"! This was wonderful and so beauitfully done. New to your blog and glad to have found it!
I love the name, fairly new to blogworld....please visit me, started a new blog about the buiding of our new home and my love for decor and design...also doing a great giveaway, a gorgeous pair of Murano handblown glass lamps!
www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

Lili said...

Suzanne you are so right, it DOES go fast, lightening fast! Happy Birthday to your most precious and BEAUTIFUL daughter. Our 2 daughters both left the nest within a couple months of each other and oh my goodness was it ever lonely in that house. We threw ourselves into new hobbies/interests so we had something to do every single night of the week. Tai Chai, Karate, pottery (yes!), violin (for me), learned to downhill ski,etc. etc. Our girls are now 34 and 36, married, and between the two have blessed us with 8 sweet grands, a couple of which are the spitting image of their Mommies! It really is fun to experience it all, after the initial part of them leaving the nest that is. Beautiful post today Suzanne. Have a great weekend! xoxo ~Lili

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Happy Birthday to sweet and beautiful Elizabeth. You look so much like each other. I love the words you have chosen today to honor her on her 16th birthday...they are from deep in your heart and soul and a beautiful reflection of a daughter's life and a mother's love. I hope you are all together tonight and celebrating Beth's sweet 16th birthday.

Alely said...

happy 16th to your daughter! i have one that just turned 16 too. such bittersweet times. a couple of years left and then their off.....

have a loveLee weekend.

xo,
alely

Low Tide High Style said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Liz, Lizzie, Beth, Elizabeth! Her harp playing had me mesmerized and you must be so very proud of the woman she is becoming!

As far as how I have dealt with my birdies flying the nest. Well, I simply focus on the wonderful things they are accomplishing in their own lives. But it doesn't take much...like seeing a small child holding their parent's hand and wandering a store to make me long for days gone by! I know it's how life should be and that it's good to have them flying high on their own, but I would love to go back for just a little while to truly appreciate it all one more time!

I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday, and please tell her that her harp playing is magical!

Kat :)

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute for your beautiful girl! (MY beautiful girl celebrates her 23rd birthday next week--how did THAT happen???) Savor every single day you have with her under your roof. We surely raise them to be independent, but why do they want to fly so far away?
Best,
Susan

chris said...

what a lovely tribute to your beautiful child! great quote from little women. and i really enjoyed Elizabeth's rendition of the theme from UP, thanks for including it in your playlist. what talent!!!

Kathysue said...

OH Suzanne, I don't think I can hardly read one of your post without tears, heartfelt tears. I have done it three times, letting them fly!! Not without bitter/sweet tears afraid of the unknown, will they come back and see me, will they still like me, will we grow apart? Having all boys it is a bit different but no less heartfelt and bitter/sweet. They have to discover themselves and sometimes that means letting go a little of HOME but, they do come often and they do stay close, in a different way, but in a good way. You will survive and you do have so much to look forward too. I will say this, when they come home and leave to go back to school you will go back inside and sob just like the day you put her on teh bus for Kindergarten, that feeling never leaves. Part of being a Mom that has her heart full of her childs love!! xoxo Kathysue

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

I don't know that I've ever seen your blog, but I like it alot! Your post today tugs at my heartstrings too. I have a 20 year old an 18 year old and a 14 year old so I'm right there with you. They are all still at home but anytime I think of one of them leaving I get all choked up and my heart hurts. It's always been my joke that we could build tiny houses in our backyard where everyone could live together...heehee. Take care, I'll definitely be back to visit you.
Valerie

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Suzanne...what a lovely young woman you've raised. My middle daughter is 16 now...it does go fast! My oldest is 21, my baby 15...don't know where the time goes...

She sounds a lot like a combination of my three. We're lucky mothers, that's for sure!

It's so hard to let them go, but I think it would be harder to have them NOT want to go when it's time, you know? Doesn't mean that the time has to be the day they graduate from high school, though!

Hope your weekend is wonderful, my friend!

Julie

Linda in AZ * said...

* You know I love the way you put your innermost thoughts "out there", for us to enjoy and share...Your thoughts are so beautifully expressed here today, Suzanne...

There's little doubt in my mind that IF we had been blessed with children, a "BETH" would be a dream come true... and, how WONDERFUL that you KNOW how truly blessed you are...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, BETH! You've got quite a TERRIFIC MOM there, my young "friend"!

Warmest,
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Leslie said...

Your precious daughter is beautiful, inside and out! Happy Birthday to her. Wonderful job describing what she means to you. I have 3 boys and 1 girl and girls are just so different. They are special in their own way. You are blessed, she is blessed and I bet your husband is blessed too!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

My mum says that she found it impossibly difficult when we all left home but that she gradually realised that it's NOT a time to say goodbye forever but a time to let the relationship morph into something new....something better.

My mum is one of my very closest friends and I'm not sure I could have that if I was still living at home.

So, while you're post made me cry (I can't bear the thought of mine leaving either), I like to think that the future's bright.

Sarahx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH SUZANNE! Thank you for coming by yesterday! Ruben and I had a blast out in Stillwater. It felt so good to go strolling again, like we do in the spring and summer. We ambled through our favorite shops and just kept going until we were famished. WE ARE GOING OUT SOMEWHERE AGAIN TODAY! 29 years...where in THEE WORLD does time go....but love is an eternal sort....one day could be like years, years could be like one day.....many happy moments to you and yours dear heart, Anita

classic • casual • home said...

Your sweet story about the "heart of your home" has made me a little teary. Elizabeth is a beautiful little woman with a beautiful mom.
Mary Ann
PS. I think I am choked up, too as our family "yoke", as she calls herself, is 23 and living on the opposite coast. Enjoy this time with your little homebody.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

My eyes are always misty by the time I get to your comment section. Where indeed does the time go.

As you know I have a Fashionista, who is in real life known as Alyssabeth. Alyssa for the flower and Beth from Little Women.

She will be 22 next month.

I am saying a sweet prayer for both of our treasured girls.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving such a supportive comment.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Suzanne,
I still see my (Hannah) also from the Bible, as a little face asking me all the sweet little question over and over. My Hannah is in her first year of college and I was beside myself with her being so grown up.

I am sure you are going through this as well, I really didn't think the years would get away from me so fast.

You are so blessed to have such a well rounded 16 year old, you have done an amazing job, indeed a women to love :)

Thank you for such a beautiful post, I could relate to soooo!

Thank you dear one for stopping by to see my daughter room and art.

See you soon,
Blessings...
to you and yours.
xx
Dore

Teresa said...

What a wonderful young woman you have raised! How proud you must be.
Yes, the time flies, doesn't it? Two of mine have flown from the nest, which makes me feel a bit more desperate about my youngest leaving. Life will really change then. I can't even imagine.
Happy birthday to your lovely Elizabeth!

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to your daughter. Happy Sweet 16 Beth! You're beautiful (and so is your mom.)
Cheers, jj

Splendid Willow said...

Suzanne, what a wonderful tribute. As always, I read every single word.

You and your husband are fantastic parents. Just look at Ms. Elizabeth. She brings goodness to the world. Happy birthday beautiful & talented Elizabeth!

Yes, they do grow up way too fast. I still have baby pictures in my wallet - and my oldest is now 9!

Warm hugs to you,

Mon

Melissa said...

oh my suzanne...why did i read this post moments before school pick-up...
when i saw the topic...i couldn't not read it...but i am now racing up to school desperate to see my kids...i have just texted my almost 13 year old...and told her "today don't jump on the bus...the sun is out and i will come and collect you...and then we'll go collect your brother and sister together..."

elizabeth sounds like a wonderful wonderful girl....
so much of her reminds me of our sweet ella...

happy birthday deaf lizzie..... :)
&
happy day mama- you did it...she's gorgeous & she's 16!

melissa xx

koralee said...

This is sooooo lovely...what a sweet mom you are.

Happy Birthday to your sweet Elizabeth...she is beautiful..inside and out.

Joyx1000 today sweet one.


xoxoxo

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Is the music playing on your blog played on the harp by your daughter? Is that a crazy question? It sounds quite harp-like to me...

Sarahx

Privet and Holly said...

If I was techie
enough to figure
it out, It WOULD
have been Elizabeth
playing, but it is
a gal I found on-line.
Sounds A LOT like
E's playing and is
on the same harp that
she plays on {A Lyon
and Healy Troubadour V}.
Thanks for asking and
all of your DEAR comments!!
xx Suzanne

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I popped over to say thanks for stopping by my blog and you mentioned your daughter and here is a whole post for her - nice :)

Yes, I completely understand. I only have one child, my 25 year old daughter and when she moved across the country for college my heart ached like nothing else but with everything, time makes it easier. Oddly, hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and she was back home 1 year later, such is life. Now she is in law school up in Seattle, far from her Arizona home again. Thank goodness for technology, we talk and text every day and watching her wings give her flight is a powerful thing.

Anonymous said...

She is a beauty Suzanne-both inside and out. I love both Jo's and Beth's--

I have 2 who have left the nest. The first is the hardest. I could not stop thinking about him-all day-for days. I was teary and filled with sorrow. I mourned. I did. When you wake up every morning and you think about what they need and what they might like for lunch or dinner-when they are a part of you-there is loss-but then I left him in the hands of God. The mourning has ended and now a new relationshiip is born-and it is even more amazing than the first-
Then the second one leaves and there is sorrow-but because of experience-you know they will fly-and home is always going to be home-and that is where ever you are:)
Loved this post...lots of memories...BUT...I am still so glad I still have 2 here at home with me...still...for a while...

Cat said...

Wow...what a great homage :) She is a lovely woman!!!! :)

Stitchfork said...

Sweet sixteen! And many more to come! Lovely birthday tribute!
xo Cathy

Jeanie said...

Your plucky little girl isn't so little anymore, but she is simply a gorgeous young woman. What a wonderful tribute and perfect quote.

Kait said...

I can't wait to have some of my own! What a gorgeous woman she has grown into! Happy Birthday!!!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Simply Beautiful
My daughter just turned 20 it goes by soo fast
enjoy every moment
xo
Pam

Kat said...

Suzanne, what a beautiful post for a beautiful girl. Tears stream down my face as I type this and think how fast the past five years have gone and how, in the blink of an eye, I'll be sending my girls off to college. What an amazing tribute and a precious reminder to embrace the present as the future is coming faster each and every day. xo

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh Suzanne!
Your post made me cry!! How I feel all the emotions you are feeling.....My little one is almost 15 and it's killing me. I hate thinking about "only 3 1/2 more years" ugh....they grow up so fast. What a beautiful tribute to her though. We will somehow get through this...just like every other mom who has....

xoxo,

Rene said...

How sweet! Happy birthday to your plucky girl! With each photo, she began to look more and more like you Suzanne. She is so beautiful.

Gretchen said...

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. Happy belated Birthday Elizabeth! You are such a blessing to your Mommy and Daddy, and I know your parents are a blessing to you. What a gift you are...
Suzanne~ As you know, I too have a 16 year old, and coming up to this milestone in her life and realizing some of the very things you stated in your tribute, it caused me about 4-6 mos. of teary eyes, etc. But, I have moved on with the realization that my life won't be without Emily, but that she'll just be transitioning to becoming the woman God intended her to be, and that although I will have less opportunity for guidance in her life, that may be good. Because, it is when we are in the least control, that through our prayers God can do His work, and our trying to help Him all the time won't be getting in the way. We have given them wings, not we need to watch them fly. :) This comes right back to myself while typing too, as I have my moments as well. I just know that God is bigger than me, and what I sometimes give him credit for.
~May peace be your friend~
Gretchen

1 Funky Woman said...

Reading this brought tears to my eyes. I currently can't see my keyboard. She is gorgeous. She looks just like you! I have to say, you look too young to have a 16 year old!

It makes me sad to think of all the times and yes today that I grip about how much my daughter drives me crazy. Already it is going fast so I don't think I will let my daughter turn 16, lol!

Happy 16th to your little woman!

Seizing My Day said...

Oh my goodness... as my little 10 year old... shy quiet animal loving book reading little girl... nears the end of elementary school my heart is so emotional!~! this post was beautiful and yet ... makes my heart ache... the next few years scare me more than her I think!! **sigh** middles school starts next year... she is so shy and reserved... full of worry... it breaks my heart... though she is strong in school work, strong passion for animals and reading... she is a beautiful little wall flower... This little ditty about your little woman is encouraging... =) but how did you do it?!! =)

Joanna said...

Your Beth is such a beautiful young woman - goodness, what a smile!!

Sweet sweet post for your darling daughter. I have popped over from Anne (Fiona and Twig) and I'm so glad I did. I loved your guest post on her blog, so perceptive.

Jo
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