We actually combined Thanksgiving with some Christmas this year, because Madison and Nicolas will be in Denmark for Christmas. It was a wonderful day...
We celebrated my girl turning 21 on Sunday with turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, and per Madison's request...a pie bar! Peyton made blackberry, peach crumb, and pumpkin pies for the special day.
Just like that, I have an adult daughter.
It feels as if it were yesterday I first held her in my arms. It was dark and snowy outside that hospital room, but inside, I felt nothing but happiness, coziness, thankfulness and absolute joy as I finally realized my dream of being "Mommy".
On that November evening so many years ago, Steve and I became parents. And every single day since...with three more blessings here on Earth and one precious soul in Heaven...we rejoice in the gift of our vocation. And although our days now are quite different from those early ones filled with diapers, bottles, schedules, rocking chairs, lullabies, sticky pink medicine, giggles and Baby Magic, we are enjoying them just as much.
So many wonderful blessings can be found in children who grow to become adults. Our lives are different, and while I sometimes long for those simple days of Sesame Street and chocolate milk, I am so enjoying the days of today...the days of Lifetime Movies and coffee and tea.
Happy Birthday, Madison.
Thank you for making me a Mommy.
Thank you for the privilege of raising you.
And thanks for all the makeup and hair help.
I love you, my firstborn.