Thursday, February 5, 2009

You Needed Us...

It was 16 years ago today that I first saw your face. Your entry into our lives was eventful to say the least. We loved you and took care of you. You needed us...for everything.

As you got older, you became mobile and started to communicate. We loved you and picked you up when you fell, and helped you learn words to express yourself. You needed us...for support.

Preschool started your formal education, learning your colors, ABC's, counting and socialization. We loved you and showed you how to tie your shoes, taught you right from wrong, and what you needed to know to be a good person. You needed us...for knowledge.

Different activities provided various learning experiences. Sports provided coordination, competition and lessons in sportsmanship. Girl Scouts helped develop your self-esteem and offered new insight and friendships. Daddy as your coach, and I as your leader, we loved you and helped you find your interests and become more independent. You needed us...for guidance.

You stretched your wings and your voice - choir and drama provided you with an outlet for expressing yourself. We applauded you and became your biggest fans. You needed us...sometimes.

For 16 years - every step, each word, your performances, activities and interests - we were there for you. You needed us. And do you know what? Just because you're 16 now, nothing really changes. We are here for you, no matter what you do, no matter how old you are, everything you try - we'll be there cheering you on. You may not always need us...but we're here whenever you do.

Happy Birthday K! We love you!


Kelly Syferd said...

You made me all teary. What a great post, Annette.
Happy Birthday, Kailey!!

WineLover said...

ah, so very sweet and true. You guys have raised such wonderful girls!!
Happy Birthday Kailey!

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Julie said...

Awww, that just got me all sniffly! That's a wonderful post Annette. And in that first picture Jim looks like he's still in high school with a doll in his lap. We all looked so YOUNG. There are still 4 minutes left in today for me to wish Kailey "Happy Birthday!!!"

Marilyn said...

Loved the piece! You know, like Kailey, that your dad and I are there for you too Annette. It never goes away!

Happy birthday Kailey!
G & G A

Lori said...

What a sweet post! It made me realize that maybe I shouldn't be in such a hurry for my kids to grow up. Although they're only 6 and 2, they'll be 16 before I know it. Thanks for sharing.

Cat said...

A lovely post for a beautiful girl. Congrats to you all, and many happy returns of the day!

Squints2.0 said...

What a great post to start the week as a parent. It is a great reminder that the hectic days of our lives mean so much later.

I hope Kailey had a fantastic 16th birthday!