Already 15

When I see that number in the title it sends chill bumps up my arms.  Our eldest daughter is 15!  And she is just so very tickled by it.  Everyday reminding the family how many days until her birthday and then saying in jest, "soon Mama I'll be able to drive".  Oh be still my heart. 

Not sure when that happened because just the other day I was sitting with you on my lap and we were reading "Is Your Mama a Llama" and you were asking for "The Lorax" and then we fell asleep in the rocking chair.  I wake up and now you are in high school.  What? 

 Almost 3 years
 2 years old
Always taking care of your siblings, at 4 years old
(You gave Thing 2 that special hair style)

We couldn't be more proud of the young lady that you are becoming.  A sweet heart with an ability to see right through into mine.  You call me out when necessary and challenge me to not only be a better Mama but a better woman.  For all your opinions and lofty ideas you are grounded.  The things that have eternal value matter and we see the fruit of that in the choices you are making. 
Shopping is a  passion.  Given the opportunity and the funds you could go all day, lap Mall of America more than once and still have the energy for more.  On more than one occasion you have given me some much needed fashion advice.  You say what you're thinking and feeling and never hold back.  

October 2011
 July 2011, you staged this photo and told your siblings where to stand
 and me as well, just so I would have the best angle

You love taking pictures and you tend to bring your camera with you wherever we go.  I love that.  When you set out to accomplish a task and really focus, you prove your diligence and intelligence.  Although you don't like math, you have shown us that through your efforts there has been improvement and confidence.  Most recently you have had a soft spot for children with special needs, I pray that the Lord blesses that and uses it in a big way.

Homecoming 2011

Thing 1, I pray God's continue blessings over you on this your fifteenth year.  May you shine for Him bigger and brighter than before.  I hope your dreams become realities, and I pray you know just how very much your Daddy and I love you.  You are an invaluable part of our story and a daughter of THE KING.

2 Response to "Already 15"

  1. The Van Dierens Says:

    What a beautiful lady you have become Kenz! Congratulations on 15 years! Love you <3 xoxo

  2. Jared Hanson Says:

    At the time, it feels like some days go on forever, but looking back at these pictures makes me ask where has the time gone? The trip to Sedona where we chased her around all day and finally got her to sit still for a quick picture on the steps, the afternoons in the back yard where the kids would play in the water and eat directly from the garden (while she would keep watch over her siblings) and the face of a happy girl who posed in her Christmas PJs for a picture with all of the kids tangled in Christmas lights. Happy family memories of years gone by and the strong, dedicated, caring sister Thing 1 has been. I do miss that little girl and am very proud of the young woman she has become and look forward to the woman she will be. Happy Birthday Thing 1, I love you.

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