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 This is my little Jbug, about 8 months old. Today is her 12th birthday. How is that possible? How can it be that 12 (ok, 13) years ago, I was sitting at a clinic shocked to be told I was pregnant – again – when I had taken some pretty heavy measures to ensure that it would not happen again? Why, only 18 months before that day I had had my tubes tied, cut, AND burned to make sure I was not getting pregnant again. Then this lady tells me that I am, in fact, pregnant again? That at 20, I am about to have a 3rd child?

     I was not as upset as it sounds. I was thrilled actually. I had deeply regretted my decision to be sterilized and was SO happy mine was a failure. But still, I was terrified that I was having a tubal pregnancy which obviously, I was not. She was a little on the small side, and ended up born nearly a month early.. but otherwise was totally healthy and happy!

    Jenna has always been a joy to everyone she meets. Melting even the hardest hearts …

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She had her brother wrapped around her little finger for years! Not so much now.. he is 14 and mostly just torments her – but God help anyone else who tries!

     Jenna is a natural at making people smile, knowing when someone is upset, and is always there to help cheer someone up. She is so caring and empathetic. She loves to dress up and be silly, and she can be very mature for her age too – which sometimes makes it hard to remember she is still very much a little girl.

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Day by day, she grows into such a beauty. A young lady slowly turning into a young woman..

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The changes in her just since she started school this past fall are amazing to me! She blows me away. In some ways, she is just like me – in so many ways, she will never need to be like me, and for that I am eternally grateful.  This time is going by so fast. A mere blink in time’s eye.

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As she sat there this morning, doing her hair for school, I recalled a post I read once, and thought that it would fit today. Things I would like my daughter to know:

1. It is not your job to keep the people you love happy.  Not me, not Daddy, not your brother, not your friends.  I promise, it’s not.  The hard truth is that you can’t, anyway.

2. Your physical fearlessness is a strength. Please continue using your body in the world: run, jump, climb, throw.  I love watching you streaking down the soccer field, or swinging proudly along a row of monkey bars, or climbing into the high branches of a tree.  There is both health and a sense of mastery in physical activity and challenges.

3. You should never be afraid to share your passions. You are sometimes embarrassed that you still like to play with dolls, for example, and you worry that your friends will make fun of you.  Anyone who teases you for what you love to do is not a true friend.  This is hard to realize, but essential.

4. It is okay to disagree with me, and others. You are old enough to have a point of view, and I want to hear it.  So do those who love you.  Don’t pick fights for the sake of it, of course, but when you really feel I’m wrong, please say so.  You have heard me say that you are right, and you’ve heard me apologize for my behavior or point of view when I realize they were wrong.  Your perspective is both valid and valuable.  Don’t shy away from expressing it.

5. You are so very beautiful. Your face now holds the baby you were and the young woman you are rapidly becoming.  My eyes and cleft chin and your father’s coloring combine into someone unique, someone purely you.  I can see the clouds of society’s beauty myth hovering, manifest in your own growing self-consciousness.  I beg of you not to lose sight with your own beauty, so much of which comes from the fact that your spirit runs so close to the surface.

6. Reading is essential.  It is the central leisure-time joy of my life, as you know.  I am immensely proud and pleased to see that you seem to share it.  That identification you feel with characters, that sense of slipping into another world, of getting lost there in the best possible way?  Those never go away.  Welcome.

7. You are not me. We are very alike, but you are your own person, entirely, completely, fully.  I know this, I promise, even when I lose sight of it.  I know that separation from me is one of the fundamental tasks of your adolescence, which I can see glinting over the horizon.  I dread it like ice in my stomach, that space, that distance, that essential cleaving, but I want you to know I know how vital it is.  I’m going to be here, no matter what, Grace.  The red string that ties us together will stretch.  I know it will.  And once the transition is accomplished there will be a new, even better closeness.  I know that too.

8. It is almost never about you. What I mean is that when people act in a way that hurts or makes you feel insecure, it is almost certainly about something happening inside of them, and not about you.  I struggle with this one mightily, and I have tried very, very hard never once to tell you you are being “too sensitive” or to “get over it” when you feel hurt.  Believe me, I know how feelings can slice your heart, even if your head knows otherwise.  But maybe, just maybe, it will help to remember that almost always other people are struggling with their own demons, even if they bump into you by accident.

9. There is no single person who can be your everything. Be very careful about bestowing this power on any one person.  I suspect you are trying to fill a gnawing loneliness, and if you are you inherited it from me.  That feeling, Woolf’s “emptiness about the heart of life,” is just part of the deal.  Trying to fill that ache with other people (or with anything else, like food, alcohol, numbing behaviors of a zillion sorts you don’t even know of yet) is a lost cause, and nobody will be up to the task.  You will feel let down, and, worse, that loneliness will be there no matter what.  I’m learning to embrace it, to accept it as part of who I am.  I hope to help you do the same.

10. I am trying my best.  I know I’m not good enough and not the mother you deserve.  I am impatient and fallible and I raise my voice.  I am sorry.  I love you and your brother more than I love anyone else in the entire world and I always wish I could be better for you.  I’ll admit I don’t always love your behavior, and I’m quick to tell you that.  But every single day, I love you with every fiber of my being.  No matter what.

This post originally appeared on A Design So Vast.

 Happy birthday Jenna. I love you so much, and I am so proud of you!

I’ve started taking pictures again, but not so much that I have begun lugging around my big ass camera. Just my phone. I have mostly been taking black and whites, they are my favorite.

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Sunday I drove up to Mesa, Colorado. (What you can see in the photo is pretty much the entire town) The town my husband and I met and grew up in. Our families still live there. I was there to visit my mom and help her make my brother’s birthday cake. I also carved my nickname in her table, as per her request.
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      At my moms, I dont have
to fight for the bowl of cake batter.

     Later that evening the kids came back from their DNA donor’s house and we had family game night.
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I’m fairly sure the game of life has more rules than real life!

     On Monday my love had to leave for his new job
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and Jbug had to get a cleaning at the dentist.
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Tuesday brought an excruciating hour spent with my ex husband and there were no photos that day. Wednesday was back to Starbucks to finish up some bs with said ex husband and I photographed this gentleman.
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So that brings us to now. The kids are playing Mortal Kombat, the cat is meowing incessantly and my husband still is not home. I think I’ll go take a bath.