It Won't Be Long Now - 11/14/13

  When your children are small people say, you better enjoy them while you can  because they won't be little for long.  I was up early several times this week to talk with my 17-year-old daughter over breakfast before she went to school.  She's a senior in high school, trying to decide where she's going to college.  As we talked, I thought how quickly the time has passed.

  When my daughter was just a few months old we moved to Gallatin.  I used to take her on walks, often carrying her on my shoulders, her hanging on to two handfulls of dad's hair to make her feel more secure up there.  We still live in Sumner County.  When we're out, people come up to me almost monthly and say I used to see you and your daughter walking past our house when she was a baby.  I can't believe how she has grown up.  I can't either.

  I'm looking forward to her having a great college experience and can't wait to see God's plan for her life, but I'm a little sad too.  My little girl isn't so little anymore.  We have a great relationship.  I believe she's comfortable talking to me about most things, but I know it won't be long until we'll be having more of those conversations by phone and text.  I know it's just the nature of things. 

  With that in mind, let me tell you, enjoy those little ones while you can because they grow up quickly.  I speak from experience. 

 

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