Friday, June 6, 2008

My" 21" year old "Baby"

Our baby girl (don't tell her she is really the middle child) turns 21 Friday.
Where did the time go? Just yesterday we were on our way to the hospital, finally in real labor. I had had two weeks of Braxton-Hicks contractions oh and did I mention that M was 2 weeks late. She was suppose to arrive on May the 30th but no she waited until June 6th. I know God knows what he is doing but I was very pregnant and very miserable. (Don't ask God for patience because he will sure give it to you.) She was such a precious gift, not that all my children weren't but Emily was different. Right from the beginning I knew she was going to be different. She was my good baby, you know the kind you hear other people talk about. She wanted to be fed, changed and put in her bed when bed time came at night,no rocking or cuddling just put her down and leave her alone. She is still pretty much like that today. When Emily would wake up in the morning she didn't cry she would lay in her bed and coo and look around. When you went to get her she was always smiling glad to see you. Not that I can say that about her now when you go to wake her up. Emily has for the most part been a good child, she is though a "D" personality. She has an opinion and doesn't mind letting you know it.

Emily will graduate in December from VSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education. That is a semester early. We are very proud of her. Since Emily was in about the 6th grade she has wanted to be a teacher, before then it was a lawyer( and she would have made a very good one). Emily has a gift with young children, something rare. She can take a group of any age 5th grade and down that most people can't seem to do anything with and have them sitting in a circle around her in total awe. It is amazing how she can control a group of rowdy children. It is a true gift. My granddaughter is just a little spoilt, ok a lot spoilt Emily is the one who makes her mind at our house, I try I really do but with those big blue eyes she knows that I am just putty in her hands. Another example of M's gift(that is her nickname because Lexi couldn't say the letter E so she called Emily Me-Me. We really think she was calling her Meanie) was one night at my son's baseball game, his game hadn't started yet and we walked over to watch our music director's oldest son's game. His little brother was running around the bleachers climbing on the fence and Trav was trying to take pictures of Kellen. We sat down on the bleachers and M got Adain to come and sit with us. I left to watch my son play and she stayed with Adain (his mom was at a meeting at school, she is a teacher) he sat on the bleachers the rest of the game and did not move. Trav said he could not believe it, he ask her if she threaten him and M said no she just told him to sit there with her. I have watched her with the kindergarten class she teaches at church it is amazing how she controls their attention. She can even keep pre-schoolers occupied.

To show how much patience she has, M and her boyfriend of 6 years are taking Lexi to Wild Adventures today. M called Lexi last night at her Ninny's (my husbands mother) to ask what she was doing today, Lexi said "Well since my momma has to work I guess I will have to stay at Ninny's again." M ask if she wanted to go to Wild Adventures and Lexi screamed yes dropped the phone and ran off the tell ninny that she was going to Wild Adventures. After about 5 minutes poppy came and hung the phone up. We went over to ninny and poppy's last night to get Lexi so she could spend the night with us, both Lexi and Dalton(her little 2 year old brother) came running out of the house. I went to the porch to get Dalton and he was standing there hollering MeMe get me MeMe get me, no Nanna MeMe get me. My grandchildren don't even care about me when MeMe is around. Go figure. She is going to be a great mother some day.

M has grown into such an amazing young woman, I can't believe how the time has passed so quickly. I have seen her grow in the Lord also, she has a deep relationship with her savior. I know that we are raising her to be independent and I have to let her test her wings and fly, but I hope she doesn't fly to far because I will miss her terribly.

Happy 21st Birthday Emily!!!!!!!!!!!!

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