Every year on the anniversary of 9/11 we watch some of the documentaries that tell about that day where our world as we knew it was forever changed. Even now, thirteen years later, that day still seems surreal. I remember much of what I did that day quite vividly and I suspect part of that is due to the fact that it was also the day I went into labor with our first child. In the small hours of 9/12 less than eighteen hours after the first plane hit the World Trade Center I was holding a small little baby in my arms and marveling at how amazing it was that Bryan and I actually had a tiny baby girl. We had no idea what adventures lay ahead of us.
That little baby is no longer little. She's grown so much and while she may drive us crazy at times, she also amuses us with her antics, her quirky outlook on life and her many quotable comments which those of you who happen to be my friend on FaceBook have no doubt seen. From "crapple juice" (that's cran-apple to the rest of us) to "ravenous bears" striking poses in populated areas, she always keeps us laughing.
One can only imagine what the upcoming year will have in store for us. I know she'll be confirmed sometime in the spring and she'll also graduate from 8th grade. Before her next birthday she will officially begin high school. I'm sure there will be plenty more Madeline quotes along the way and many more stories to be told. It's always an adventure!
So happy birthday Madeline! I hope your first year as a teenager is a fun one! Try not to drive me insane....at least not deliberately.