To my beautiful, talented, awesome daughter, Courtney,
I have watched you grow from a tiny little thing that couldn’t survive without me, into the talented, beautiful, smart young lady that you are today. I couldn’t be prouder. As a parent, I was entrusted with the task of raising you with morals and values that would make you into a successful adult. I think I’ve done my job and done my job well, if I do say so myself. (And I do, because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want.)
From the moment you were just a dream, you had my heart. And then you were born and my heart had to grow at least 100 times bigger, if not more, to hold all the love I had for you.
With your Shirley Temple curls, and deep brown eyes, you brought a sparkle into everyone’s day that had the fortune of being around you. You were truly a beautiful child; and you have grown up into an equally beautiful young lady.
As I carted you and your friends around to gymnastics and softball games in your younger years, I watched your confidence and talents grow. I was one proud mom sitting in the bleachers at every one of your events while you stuck the landings and honed your talents. Every landing and grand slam made me want to stand up and yell, “That’s my daughter”! (I totally might have done that a time or two.) 😉
Over the years you have had to make sacrifices and tough decisions of what was important to you and I supported everything you did. You gave up piano lessens, gymnastics meets, and 4H meetings so that you would have time to pursue other things you were passionate about. You tried new things and learned more about yourself at every turn.
I had the honor of watching you grow into the well-rounded, gracious, giving, talented lady you are.
At the end of your high school career, I can honestly tell you that you are way smarter than I ever was, totally kick ass on first base at softball, can hit the high notes in the church choir like I only wish I could, and rock those baseball pants as well as you do your cheer skirt.
I could go with the mainstream and say that these have been the best years of your life, but I don’t think that’s true for you. You have the determination and stubbornness to achieve greatness in everything you try. I’m sure anything you try or set your mind to in the future will prove to be just as great if not better.
Not only that, but you have truly been an inspiration over the last couple of years while you pushed yourself academically, in not only the high school classes that were required, but the college classes you have added to your busy schedule just so you can get ahead of the game.
I’m excited to see you succeed first, in college and then in your chosen profession. If your track record is any indication, you will do so with grace and enthusiasm. Good luck and congratulations!
The last 18 years I’ve had with you under my care have flown by way too fast! I thank God every day for sending you to me. I love you!