My oldest daughter is 17 years old, a senior this year, and preparing for college next year. She's a beautiful, intelligent young lady with a dreamer's heart. I love her very much and I'm proud of her.
We don't always agree. We've had our share of arguments and times when we've both been angry with each other. Though we are similar in some ways, we are different in enough ways to make communication hard at times. I hope and pray that we've both grown, matured, and learned more about love and communication through our struggles, though.
I hope she realizes that her family will always be her number one fans and her biggest support. We love her very much and we'll miss her next year when she goes to college. Family relationships aren't always comfortable. We see each other as we really are, and know each other better than anyone else does. We speak truth to each other and grate on each others' nerves ... but those "irritations" shape us as we rub off rough edges and polish sharp corners.
Next year she's going to launch into life on her own. She'll go to college and have to make decisions about her future, as well as being responsible for making sure she has clean clothes to wear each day. She's going with her family's love and prayers behind her, and I hope she knows that. I hope she realizes that God is her first strength, support, and refuge, but her family is second.
We are blessed to have her in our family.