As the weekend comes to a close I wanted to reflect on the young lady we were celebrating. Our beautiful daughter Mackenzie, who turned fourteen on Friday. While I’m still in shock that she can be fourteen while I hold tight at 25, I digress. This weekend I was able to not only enjoy and be in the moment with her, but I was able to reflect on the past 14 years.
Mackenzie has an unusual life. All she has ever known is a mother who is battling Breast Cancer. While I would never wish this obstacle for her, the life we have created because of it has made her wise well beyond her years. At this young age, Mackenzie understands true empathy and how it differs from sympathy. I watch as she rallies around her friends and family when they are having a tough time, and my heart explodes with pride.
Mackenzie and I have a very special relationship build on true respect of one another. I believe god gave me the gift of kenzie to give me something to fight for, to show me there is abundant love in this world, to give me hope and bring me more joy than I could ever imagine. There are not enough words to thank her for the true gift she is.
So my wish for her is that she continues to have the confidence to always know her self worth. The strength of a thousand men to chase her dreams, and the ability to know how truly and deeply she is loved.
Mackenzie I will always be your biggest fan and cheerleader. You are the sunshine in my day, the joy in my soul, and the love in my life. You are precious in every way and I am so blessed to be your mom. You are the exclamation mark in the happiest sentence that I could ever possible write. Someday when the pages of my life end, I know you will be the most beautiful and rewarding chapters. You have had my heart before you were born as you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.
Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl! I am beyond proud to be your mom.