Sunday, April 26, 2009
On Friday, Abbers turned 17. 17 years ago, she kept me in 17 hours of labor. I'm pretty sure I'll never forget that number. It was the longest labor ever. And it was the craziest birth story ever. I'll have to tell it to you someday.
But, the past 17 years have been a huge blessing to our family. This sweet, kind, considerate, compassionate loving girl has been a blessing to raise and have as a part of our family. She has a tender heart and truly loves with all that is in her.
When my girls turn 17, we celebrate by going to a hotel - just me and her - and spending a night together as we talk about life... marriage, families, friendships, God, work, and ministry. And we talk about people that have invested into her life. Women who have shared life with us and been an example in each of these areas. And then, we begin a 6 month time of mentoring with 6 women she chooses in each of these areas. This has been a time of true depth and friendships... a time of soul searching and finding God... and a time of deepening their commitment to a life of realizing that it takes true friendships and caring mentors to get through the tough things we call life.
Abbie has chosen the six. And I couldn't have chosen better women for her. She is excited to learn and spend time and grow and she eagerly anticipates what God is doing in her life.
Abbie, you are a beautiful young woman. I wouldn't change a thing about you. I love you.