Today is Grace's 12 birthday.
Six years ago I never thought this day could have arrived quite so quickly! I see in front of me a child who shows no outward signs of any life other than what she knows now. Her first six years will always remain somewhat of a mystery. She remembers some and from the research, she will remember more as she struggles through those difficult teen years trying to establish her own identity.
Every day I am grateful that God brought us together. She is kind, loving, at times shy, caring, and funny. She is an avid reader and artist. She works on something until she accomplishes her goal, very different from me. She has taught herself to whistle, crochet, draw, among so many other skills.
She loves her grandparents and the rest of her family.
Today has been a mixed blessing.
Having your birthday on Sunday makes it a little difficult to celebrate, but everyone at church wished her a happy birthday and many gave her cards and some even gave her money! She loved all the attention.
We went to lunch at El Fenix because she decided it was cheaper than Pappadeaux's, which it is! Then we headed to NorthPark to see the movie "How to Train Your Dragon". From there we visited Toys R Us with a gift card they had received for Christmas.
While at Toys R Us, Dad called to say our minister has taken a turn for the worse and they were doing emergency surgery. Mom and Dad were so torn because they knew they needed to be at the hospital, but did not want to disappoint Grace.
So here it is 7:00 p.m., and I cannot decide what to do for dinner, birthday cake, and presents, non of which will happen if I keep sitting here!