“Oh, I just love the British!”
That was her response to her new British friends, George and Josh, at a Disney resort back in September.
And, that’s how it just goes in raising Anna Takle. We never know what she’s going to say. Or wear. Or do. But, I do know that I wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s has been my good time girl, full of wonder and surprise, determination and wit, since the beginning.
She was 3 ½ when I first started blogging. Today, she is 8. EIGHT!
You somehow always teach me more about myself than I thought possible to learn from one of my children. I not only love the young lady you are, I admire and respect you.
I admire how you feel comfortable in your own skin. You’re never afraid to stand out and simply be you.
I admire how you are constantly creating. You pen beautiful words. You brainstorm a different way to accomplish a task. You frame lyrics to a song that inspire me.
I admire how you fear so little. You take risks. You put yourself out there without regard to whether you will be embraced or not.
I admire how love to learn. You love exploring new things. You keep an open mind about the world we live in.
I admire how you respect the earth. You take seriously caring for our planet. You commit yourself to being kind to it.
I admire how you listen to your dad and me. How you take to heart discipline, instruction, and allow it to settle into your spirit.
I admire how open you are to the things of God. And, how you are allowing Him to work in your life. How you have decided you want to write songs that “worship Him.”
You make me laugh. You keep me on my toes. You remind me not to judge others. You stir me to want to be more adventurous.
You inspire me to trust Him more. Because, you trust Him so much.
I can’t imagine my life without you in it. I can’t imagine this world without Anna.
And, I can’t imagine all of the amazing things you are going to do. And, the lives you are going to touch.
But, He can.
Happy Birthday, Anna Takle. I adore every fiber of your being. I love you more than you’ll ever know. And, I’m so thankful you’re my girl.