Today you are thirteen years old! Three days of labor and finally, your cheek against mine, perfection. It is my pleasure to labor with you all your days, to push you on to the abundant life God has for you.
You are brave and confident. With ease, you pick up your violin and gracefully pour out music. You walk into the kitchen to create yummy food with the flair (and mess) of a master chef. You have your own ideas about things that I never considered until later in life.
I like you! I like your style, the way you wear hats and sophisticated yet modest clothes. I like how you love people, and justice. You have compassion even for those who have hurt you. I am so thankful for that quality in you. I like how you always know where my keys are, or my phone. Thanks for being my secretary and my "Gadget Girl" when technology overwhelms.
Sophia, always remember that your name means wisdom. It is a gift you may ask God for at any time. He will gladly give it to you in abundance. I know that you will remember this because of the struggles you have endured.
My heart aches over your hard times. I'm sorry for the pain you have had, with your health, your emotions, the break-up of me and Dad. You have borne it well, so bravely, trusting in your Heavenly Father. Through it all, you have become quite beautiful. I am proud of you!
I thank God for choosing you for me and me for you. Happy Birthday my dear girl!!
All my love,
~ A Great Day in the City ~
We took the ferry
The Tidal pool at the Pacific Science Center
The Butterfly House
It was 80 degrees in that tropical place...I didn't want to leave!
Sophia and Noah looking up at the Space Needle.
Trumpet players on the street.
(Noah put $ in their hats)
Tropical IMAX show,
riding the monorail,
choosing velvety chocolates from the candy store.
And finally, gourmet burgers and sodas at the French's!
It truly was...a Great Day in the City.