My Girl

From this…

prego to this…

I can do my hair by myself!My. Girl.

6 years old.

I am dumbfounded. My baby is 6. No more preschool. No more diaper bags. No more teething toys…

But you are still waiting for that first tooth to fall out.

Lucy collage

You are SO full of life. So creative. So driven. So carefree… yet opinionated.

“Lucy” means “light”. And you, my darlin’ are just that. A light.

I thank the Lord everyday for the gift I have been given in you. You came as a surprise that shook my foundation. We think we know what is best for our lives, and then God steps in. And blows our minds.

God blew my mind when He chose you to be my daughter. When I watch you I am reminded of the things that matter… the things that are truly important. When I watch you, I see what is important to God. He is teaching me about Him through you… Your excitement. Your passion. The things I would never see without you…

I appreciate life and recognize blessings more because of you. You have changed me. You have softened me. You have driven me out of my ever-lovin’-mind — Every. Single. Day. of the past 6 years.

And I wouldn’t change a thing.

I look at you and I see God’s very hand on my life. Perhaps that is selfish… making your life all about me…

Lucy and mama

But probably not. Because when I see how you bring joy to others… I see God’s hand in their lives too.

I pray your heart will continue to move in the path of bringing and giving joy. I pray against the things that would come as foe or discouragement in this path. I pray the light in you will continue to beam in a world that overflows with heartache and tragedy. I pray your heart is moved to help and love always. I pray nothing stands in the way of your ability to make a difference. Not others and not yourself… Exactly HOW you will change the world, I have no idea. But it will be creative and it will be lovely. I am your Mama… I know you and I know what you are capable of.

Which brings me to another point, my Lucy… I am pretty sure you are capable of picking up your messes, so… let’s get crackin’, sister.

Now. Can you please tell my why I found THIS hidden in your closet?

What was she going to make with THIS?

And also, You are not allowed to tell your brother big brother things like, “You have poop in your pants!”

Yes, with a great personality, comes great capacity for goodness or for poopyness. Let’s focus on that good stuff… though I know being the littlest sister can be tough sometimes…

I LOVE YOU, my daughter.

I love you madly, deeply and wildly.

BIG hugs and sweet kisses,

Your Mama…

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18 Responses to “My Girl”

  1. Beautiful Jenny. I love it! And… love that little Lucy. I still remember her just crawling around at small group, and wow now she is 6! Where does the time go?

    You have brought tears to my eyes tonight.

    Love,
    Denise

  2. The Daddy says:

    Precious. Both of you.

  3. pamela says:

    oh, she is gorgeous.

    My baby is turning four soon. Pass the tissues?

  4. Jen says:

    From one Jenny to another… with another Lucy (but mine is Lucie!). GREAT taste in names you have!!

    I love that it means light. Any mum is lucky to have a Lucy/ie in their life. I sure am. too. xx

  5. Chantelle says:

    Such a beautifully written post about your girl. Thank you for sharing and always bringing sunshine to my day. (I really wish I knew how you stay so optimistic!) ((hug))

  6. furiousball says:

    dat was sweet. Always loved the name Lucy and I bet yours leaves the football down so Charlie Brown can kick it

  7. Lisa says:

    She brings me joy every time I see her. Happy Birthday Lucy! I love you!!

  8. wendy hagen says:

    You don’t know why she had that in your closet? That stuff is all the rage. You need to get out more.

  9. Shondra says:

    What a sweet post!

    My child, my 18 month old little boy, was also a surprise. My husband and I had planned on sharing 5 years together, childless, just us. Yet, 5 months into our marriage, we were surprised. And while I was in complete shock, I loved him from the moment I knew he was growing inside of me. His name is Nathaniel, which means Gift from God, so fitting because every day I am in awe of how he has changed our lives for the better. We have so many plans for our lives, yet in those moments, God steps in and changes things. I wonder if it is just to prove that he knows better than us.

    Happy birthday, Lucy!

  10. Michelle W says:

    Happy Birthday dear sweet Lucy. We all love your spirit!

  11. Diane says:

    Very sweet tribute to your daughter! It goes by so fast…it’s good to take a moment and relish the parts of our children that makes them so lovable to us.

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