Hey there! Welcome to another round of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up! I’m waving hello from Cape Town, South Africa — we have a couple more weeks left in this beautiful country before we head back to the U.S. on August 12th, Lord willing.
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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: THIRTEEN
Thirteen years ago today in Cape Town, South Africa, I became a mom for the first time. My baby girl is now officially a teenager, and she is a beautiful one, in my humble, unbiased opinion. 😉
Since we adopted her older brother after she was born and since her younger brother has long since surpassed her in height and size, I often joke with her that if she were to write her own memoir, she should title it, “First Born Middle Child Thought to Be the Youngest.”
During the past few weeks when people in South Africa have asked her what grade she’s in and she says, “I’m going into Grade 8,” I want to press the rewind button and go back in time.
I thought I was fine until yesterday afternoon when I passed the same store where we bought her pram, car seat, and nappies when she was born. And it all came back as if no time at all has passed.
Then last night she came to me and said, “Last hug before I turn thirteen?” And I dropped what I had in my hands and held her and hugged her and squeezed her and didn’t want to let go of this girl who makes me marvel every day at the gift of being her mom.
I read the tragic news this week about the sudden death of Christian author Wynter Pitts, who leaves behind four beautiful daughters, and I’m keenly aware that I have no idea how many more days I’ll get to be a mom.
May we count each one a blessing, and may He teach us to number our days aright.
On Being a Mom in South Africa (Book Excerpt)
What I Wish I’d Known Ten Years Ago, Before Becoming a Mom
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Awww, Kate. The years slip by so quickly, don’t they? My youngest turns fourteen in just over a week. Cannot believe it. I love your memoir idea for your daughter. I hope you guys have had a wonderful time in S Africa!
Beautiful post, Kate. All I can say is “Amen! May He teach us to number our days and use each one wisely and to His glory!”
May you, your daughter, and your family have the loveliest of days celebrating “13”!
What a beautiful tribute to your daughter, and a delightful read.
I celebrate your daughter’s milestone with you. This weekend is the wedding of my youngest daughter. She is on the brink of her 26th birthday. I too have grieved with the Pitts family this week while grasping the truth that tomorrow is not promised. Lord help us to be the best mothers we can be. Help us to leave a legacy and leave fingerprints of love on each of our children.
I wrote about our own almost 13 year old son this week too! I did it before reading your post. Now, in reading your post I can relate to the feeling of time going fast, and wanting to hug our children hard. I hope you have a wonderful final few weeks in South Africa. The USA will be waiting here for you when you return, and there will be forever memories both there and here. God’s speed as we raise our children in love.
It’s such a tension isn’t it? On the one hand, it’s easy to hold onto the fear of the years flying fast and on the other hand, there’s beauty to welcome as the stages unfold. You share some special memories with your daughter that you can capture and relish while walking forward toward new ones.