My oldest is 16 today

Posted on Jan 28 2018 - 7:39pm by Nicole Smith

Sixteen years ago today, my beautiful blue-eyed baby girl made her way into the world. I was a young mom, not even in my 20s yet. I was still a kid in many ways, so when I saw my daughter and I grew up together, it’s the truth.

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As I look at my daughters’ pictures today, I can’t help but think about how lucky I was and am to have been given such a special person to take care of. My life wouldn’t be the same without that quirky girl. She’s the reason I’m still here today.

Over the past year, that girl has grown by leaps and bounds. She went through some tough times, but she definitely is one that has come out stronger because of her struggles. When I look at her I think to myself that I should have been more like her when I was a teenager.

My daughter is also a great big sister to her 10-year-old brother. It hasn’t been an easy year for him, but she has been extremely tolerant and helpful. She worries about him a lot and doesn’t like when someone hurts him. She’s very protective and though he may not realize it yet, he’s a very lucky little boy to have such a loving and caring sister in his corner.

Happy 16th Birthday, Mikala. I love you!

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