These 14 Years

I’m not sure how the day has come that Keira has turned 14. I remember when she was inside of me and the day I walked into the home I’m living in now… looking at each room, considering.. and thinking “Yes, we will live here together – this house will work. It will be a nice place to raise this baby.”
This baby who is now 14 years old. This baby who has brought so much joy into my life.
I’ve lived here with her for 14 years and the memories we have all created cannot fit into one scrapbook, one blog or a memoir. It feels both like a lifetime and a blink of an eye at the same time if you can imagine that.
I am filled with pride and gratitude but also fear. The years go by faster now that I’m older… and 14 years will go by faster than they did before.
So I hold onto today and the moments with my girls. I breathe them in deep, I smell their hair, I truly listen when they speak to me, I hug them whenever I can, I stop myself from yelling or being unkind and I remember that every moment I have a choice. I can choose to make this moment matter and I can choose how I share it with them. And so can you.
 Happy 14 Years to Keira. My Sweet, Gentle, Nurturing Daughter. My Friend and My Helper.
I Love You.

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