Making use of the birthday jump rope.
This is the first of your birthdays that you are taller than I. I remember when your legs got too long to put them in my face on my pillow. And I remember the feel of your feet as your legs stretched longer and longer in my bed.
We haven’t slept together much for the last couple of years because you often had to comfort little sisters when you were staying overnight so you slept with them.
Which brings me to the BLESSING you are. So much help and sweetness. For me you are fish bowl cleaner, medicine pill filler, game space organizer, window decorator, top shelf duster, glass filler, doll dresser, and clean-upper. And a really good challenger and often the game winner. I love you, My Darling.
Twelve. Twelve! A very special year. It was at twelve when Jesus made a decision to stay in the temple to talk to the grown up preachers and teachers. It was a decision that disturbed his parents greatly. They took him back home and the Bible says “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” Even Jesus had to spend more time growing up in obedience to his earthly parents.
Twelve is an important year when you will be called on to make wise choices and still live in obedience to your parents, teachers, and the Lord. Sometimes that will seem troubling, but it is necessary to prepare yourself for a lifetime of living!
Whee! That was Gramma’s sermon to you. Now back to how much I love you, how much I enjoy your company, and how much I thank God for you.
How much? A lot. A lotta lot. A very lot of lot. An abundant amount of lot. An extremely huge lot of lot. I’m smiling; hope you are too. Happy Twelfth!
I LOVE YOU. JADALYN.