My girl turns 13. I cannot begin to describe the life that I have shared with her. It has been a long, tough road. I struggle with so many things in raising her, yet I’m thankful the Lord saw fit to bring her into my life 8 years ago. I see beauty come from ashes with her. Everyday is still hard and there are still tough moments….but I slowly see her heart healing from past hurts and abuse. She is striving, daily, to live as Christ did and to die to herself. We all find that hard, but when you have seen what she has seen and lived what she has lived…that cross is hard to bear. I’m thankful that she allowing the One who sustains her to carry that cross. Happy Birthday my girl….may we both continue to learn to love through the pain.