Thirteen. Today our daughter turned thirteen. It arrived so fast, like the blink of an eye that people tell you about but you never believe. I remember the day she was born. I was 16 years old, just a child myself and now responsible for this beautiful baby girl that I held. Since that day, we really have grown up together and she has taught me so much and has made me a better person. She is a beautiful, gentle, respectful, smart and kind young lady with so much to give and look forward to. Every single time I look at her, I can see glimpses of the strong woman she will become. I cannot wait to watch the years ahead unfold and see all the amazing things she will accomplish. I am amazed daily that the little newborn I once held, is now this bright young lady who inspires me.