There are so many things I could say about Gracie. She is a gift that I was sorely in need of that 17th day of August, thirteen years ago. Every day since then I have been thankful for her spunk, her laid-back attitude, her brilliance that at times makes me very afraid for these upcoming teenage years, and just her all around sweetness. She is kind to everyone she meets and always has a smile ready. I am truly proud to call her my daughter.
We had plans to travel to Taiwan on Gracie’s 13th Birthday, so she got to celebrate the night before while she was still not a teenager.
She is especially loved by her littlest sister, who gathered a few of her favorite treasures and wrapped them up in tissue to surprise her with. Then she was determined to get a BIG birthday kiss, which Gracie wasn’t thrilled about outwardly, but I am pretty sure deep inside she was loving every bit of slobber!
Thirteen is a big year. It is the beginning of the road that leads to adulthood, immeasurable changes, and temptations that she can’t yet fathom. After a sweet purity study that took us *ahem* three years to complete, she wrote a list of attributes that she will be praying for her husband to grow into and also for her to use as a guideline later when a handsome face will make those lines much more blurred than they are presently while there is no one in the picture. She signed a covenant between her and the Lord, witnessed by me and Cam, to remain pure in body, mind, and heart. To remind her of her promise, she was given a James Avery charm bracelet with a purity charm attached. We pray that her heart remembers what it feels right now; these convictions, these desires for a godly husband someday; this precious innocence.