Monday, February 20, 2006

Happy 21st Birthday!

Happy Birthday to our "baby" Jacque!

Parents have a child - feed, clothe, care for, love, and nurture the child. They listen for every little sound that may signal distress or need. They seek to protect the child from harm, teach her how to live and function in the world. They pray and pray for the child's well-being. They teach the child values and about God and His love for her.

The child grows up, goes away to college. They know she must find her own path, find her strengthens, her values, her likes and dislikes. She has to learn to live with other people, clean and cook on her own schedule, deal with the bureaucracies of a university. She keeps touching base for the guidance through the unknown spaces. They see her grow with confidence in areas and still see the timidity of facing hard places. But they love it that they can talk about thought-provoking concepts and have conversations below the surface, and yet still cuddle up by the fire and hold her as a child.

Blessings to our baby on the way to becoming a woman. We love you!