I have a teenager.

We have a teenager. It feels weird saying that, like it was thrown in my face, and how exactly did this happen??!

Kirsten is 13 today. Our beautiful girl. Still so much a child, but taking steps into womanhood.IMG_4730_edited-1 IMG_4758_edited-1We are knee deep in eye rolls, shoulder shrugs, attitudes, and emotions all over the place πŸ™‚ And we are blessed! She brings a lot of joy to this family. It’s so nice to have an extra set of hands to help me with household chores, and she is a great babysitter. Mostly. Not saying we never have willingness issues πŸ™‚ Sometimes she brings out the worst of me. Pushes every last button I’ve got. But she also calls me out on mistakes I make, and encourages me when I’m down. She can write the best notes, and she can bake a mean brownie πŸ™‚IMG_4764_edited-1 IMG_4767_edited-1It doesn’t seem possible that the years have gone by so fast, but they have. So grateful for the gift God gave us on a Sunday morning,Β 13 yrs. ago.IMG_4768_edited-1 IMG_4772_edited-1A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give. -Laurel Atherton

12 thoughts on “I have a teenager.

  1. Jo Martin says:

    Oh beautiful! I get tears in my eyes thinking about how much effort goes into raising a child and yet in spite of us, they grow up!

  2. Happy Birthday, Kirsten!! It just blesses me to see a young girl who is willing to dress modestly. You are a beautiful young lady, and the love of Jesus shines through your smile. May you ever love Him and serve Him and stay willing to be modest, in spite of what the world dictates to you. Don’t ever fear standing for Jesus, even if you have to stand alone. You are precious in His sight…don’t ever forget it! πŸ™‚ And, to you, dear Jo, I know how hard it is to watch them grow up! I cry so many times thinking about how quickly our sweet Zachary is growing up. The years just go by way too fast, and it seems they grow overnight. Seeing Kirsten here is a testimony to your and your husband’s dedication to raise your children in the fear of the Lord. You are doing an amazing job, and don’t ever think otherwise. Thank you for sharing Kirsten’s post and pictures. Enjoy your sweet girl!!!

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