I am inspired by this girl,

the one who charges ahead but is mindful of balance,

the one who laughs easily and cries gracefully,

the one who encourages my drumming, my quilting, my teaching, my creative energies,

and I wonder sometimes at the beauty of moving from parent-child to friendship.

“Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.”   Philippians 2:14-15