Monday we celebrated Kamdyn's 14th birthday! So that means we let her choose where she wanted to go for dinner and then come home to eat a cookie cake:
Here are the kids after we filled up on two of our favorite things - wings and pizza! Of course, only Koby had room for a dum dum sucker on the way out. I can't help but think my Pappy would get the biggest kick out of seeing him with the stick hanging out of his mouth.
And here is the wonderful chocolate chip cookie cake (compliments of Walmart) that she wanted for her birthday cake!
As we sang her happy birthday I couldn't help but have flashbacks that carried me back over the past 14 years. I remembered Koby holding her in the hospital, Brendan sharing fruit loops with her when she was first learning to eat, her infatuation with Barney and Blues Clues, the way she wanted to be a pink power ranger for Halloween, the time we were asked to leave play group because she kept pinching the other kids. I remembered how I couldn't wait to play Barbies with her but she much preferred to play with the Barbie horse rather than the Barbies or the clothes. I remembered when we went to her first dance recital and when it was over she was so disappointed that she was not getting a trophy which totally ended her desire for ballet! I remembered that every birthday she begs for a cat or a horse or a dog - even on this very birthday!! I remembered when she begged to wear make up and when she asked us about having a boyfriend, when she shot her first deer and when she cried herself to sleep over loosing her first dog.
14 years go by in a flash! I can only imagine that time will continue to tick by at a quicker pace than I may be prepared for. Not long ago I looked at her while she helped me cook dinner and I thought to myself wow! who is this? I still see her as an 8 year old little girl!!
We have tip toed into the teen age years and so far so good!! Oh I pray much more now than I did when she was 4 and I recognize in the days ahead she won't always like me. But I know one thing for sure: the Lord certainly blessed Brian and I when He gave Kamdyn to us 14 years ago. We love you baby girl!!!