Twelve years ago, we got a special delivery. A baby.
Not long afterwards, we participated in a baby dedication service. In case you’re not familiar, they are special services held by churches where new (or new-ish) babies are brought before the congregation where the parents promise to raise them in The Truth. The pastor usually prays for both the child (that he/she will seek God) and the parents (that they will seek wisdom as they raise the child).
During our baby dedication service, The Eldest was just a squiggly bundle that didn’t do much more than drool and wake me up at night…but we liked her and decided to keep her. 😉
As part of the service, we received a letter from our then-pastor (The Husband was a youth minister at the time) that was to be delivered to The Eldest on her twelfth birthday. I remember thinking at the time that:
A) Twelve years is an eternity.
B) There’s no way I’m going to be able to keep up with this letter for twelve years.
C) I wonder how long this service is going to last because I could really use a nap. (Give me a break…I had a newborn living under my roof.)
Surprisingly, twelve years and six moves later, I still had the letter (and it was in pristine condition). On Good Friday, I made a special delivery to the Birthday Girl.
*No, Silly. It was not actually addressed to “Eldest”
Some excerpts from the letter:
“Your parents were excited, overjoyed and so proud of you at your arrival. You truly brought joy to their lives. As these twelve years have passed, I am sure that they are still just as proud of you today.” YES, we are!
“I prayed that God would grant your parents wisdom and guidance as they raise you and teach you the fear and admonition of the Lord.” We’re still a work-in-progress.
“I prayed for you that you would grow and develop physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.” Also a work-in-progress, but so far, so good!
“I prayed that someday you would grow up to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, and then you would serve Him.” She has (Yay!) and she does (Yay!).
It then went on to explain salvation for those who might not have made that decision yet.
I can’t believe I am the parent of a twelve-year-old. It blows my mind. But I couldn’t pick a better twelve-year-old to live with.
A few facts about The Twelve-Year-Old Eldest:
She’s kind and caring. She hates it when kids are being picked on at school.
She loves Jesus. She enjoys being in Bible study and activities at church (as a 6th grader, she can choose to go to children’s activities or youth…she picks both!)
She loves to read. It makes her Mama’s librarian heart very happy! She prefers science-fiction or fantasy novels.
She always remembers to pray for our Compassion kids.
She plays the trumpet and has been first chair in band almost the entire year.
She’s crafty. She loves to make stuff.
She loves to cook. I am MORE than willing to let her take over all meal planning activities whenever she’s ready. 🙂
She loves animals.
She doesn’t like to make her bed.
She is a very good student. (She was selected as Student of the Month at her school for April!)
- She’s starting to get all girly on me; she likes curling her hair, cute shoes and all that stuff.
- Her favorite television stations are Food Network and TLC. She likes any show that’s cake-related, and she also loves food challenge shows like Iron Chef.
She is quiet. She’s more likely to respond with a smile instead of actual words.
On that baby dedication day, I honestly couldn’t imagine what having a twelve-year-old would be like. I’m so proud of the godly young lady that she’s become.
One request: keep praying for her parents…teenagerdom is just around the corner! *shudders* 😉