This is a momentous day for me. It is the last day I will be the parent of a teenager. Tomorrow Alexandra turns twenty. I have had varying amount of teens in this house for the past sixteen years, including two brief periods when there were four of them at once. In case you are wondering how on earth I managed it I have to admit I have no clue, but being
hopelessly deluded an eternal optimist probably helped a lot.
|The day Alexandra arrived home from Romania|
Rebekah 3, Karsten 9, Jay holding Alexandra 3 months, Kellen 6
Raising Alexandra has challenged my generally optimistic nature on many occasions. She has struggled with two rare diseases, and for many years it was a tough battle. She is a girl with an incredible amount of courage, a special kind of courage that has carried her through days, weeks, months and years of not feeling well. Through it all- hospital stays, procedures, powerful drugs, and bandage removal (her most dreaded medical event!) she never once lost her smile. Over the past couple of years she has experienced a gradual improvement in her health, and now that she is turning twenty it appears she is leaving behind her medical issues along with her teens. You have no idea how thankful I am to be able to say those words!
|Alexandra at the beach- don't you love the hair?|
|Karsten 14 and Alexandra 5|
|Alexandra and Rebekah dressed|
up as Laura and Mary
|All grown up!|
Isn't she lovely?