My Allie is all grown up. this picture was taken a couple years ago. Hence the braces and Jr. Highish looks. Allie is off to Alaska and out of the house. At least for a year. Bree and I sent her off on a jet plane, don’t know exactly sure when she will be back again. Hopefully before Christmas. Anyway I just received word that she landed safely in Anchorage and is in the custody of my good friends, the Hansons. Take good care of her Andy. I love you Allie, Have a great time Stay close to God and listen to His voice.
Today, I really feel old. Not nessarily because I can look in the mirror and see my hair is retreating from my head or because I have aches and pains in places I didn’t even know existed on my body. Today I feel old because I have been thinking about my little girl. Well she isn’t so little any more. Allie is 18 and moving away to Alaska. I can remember when she was 9 and we had the conversation about the “birds and the bees”. She said, “ewwwww” I will never grow up and get married. I am going to stay with you my whole life. Boy how life changes. I guess I am not as ready as I thought I would be to let my Children grow up and move away. I sure hope it gets easier.
Change happens in your life. When you least expect it, change creeps up on you like a monster in the night and scares the tar out of you. (or at least I hope it is only tar) My oldest child is getting so old. I remember just yesterday she was 9 years old and we were going for a walk while I was teaching her about the birds and the bees. I remember she said “I am never going to grow up, I don’t want those things to happen to me”. I tried to explain to her that it was out of her control. That she indeed was going to grow up and experience these things in her life. My baby is now getting ready to turn 18 and move away to Alaska. Now I am the one who is scared and wishing that she wouldn’t have grown up. Oh well, life happens to us whether we want it to or not. I want the best for her like any parent wants for their child. I don’t want her to get hurt. I know the world is a really harsh place. However I also know my God has Allie in His hands. He has a plan for her. I also know this is part of the plan. Thank you Lord for Allie. Bless her and protect her as she follows you. Please let her learn from the hurts that she will endure and not become bitter. Please let her hear your voice and may her heart be ever turned toward you. Amen