to my oldest, on your 11th {happy birthday, Kayla}

To our dear Kayla Anne Haigler,

Today we celebrate 11 years of being parents! Our lives changed forever and for the better on October 22, 2007.

Goodness, we were just babies ourselves!!

If I’m being honest with myself (and you), I’d admit that this year has probably been one of the toughest for me to navigate as your mom. This year has brought about a new season and it seems we find ourselves stepping out into the unknown each day.

We’ve walked through some of the most dramatic and unexpected changes as a family in recent months.

– moving from the only home you’ve ever known (goodbye 4704 Kiddle Lane)

– building a property and living on land where there’s room to run (also we have added 2 cats, which I said we would never do, but there are critters here on this land..so YES to cats, outside)

– starting our homeschool – the Academy at Old Haigler

– saying goodbye to the Ross-Haigler Group and starting our own family business

– watching Joy leave for college – we’re still not adjusted to this one, btw

What a year this has been!!

As I’ve watched you begin to grow into a young lady, I’ve had to learn to let go.

Now I understand so much of what Grammy went through with me!! Hahah. I’m sure she can tell you many stories of what it was like raising a child like my wonderful self.

You’re becoming your own kind of beautiful. Never believe anything less.Β And oh, how incredibly beautiful you are, my darling.

The world is before you and we’re behind you, every step of the way.

I want you to know that in the midst of all these changes, our love remains. Always. Even on days when I’ve lost my temper and can’t seem to handle the stress and overwhelm. I’m working on that, goodness.

I’ve prayed for God to change me, to make me more of the mom you need and to give me a heart for spending and protecting time with our family. He is answering these prayers – in ways I never expected – and my perspectives are changing. I’m beyond grateful He heard those prayers from the deepest parts of my soul.

Here’s to another year growing older, Kayla Wayla – and I truly believeΒ the best is yet to come.

I’ll be praying this verse over you this year –

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore,” (Psalm 121).

We love you. Go be Great. Go be a Haigler.

<3, Mom

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6 comments

  1. Good morning. Happy birthday Beautiful. I love every picture every word. Amen. Hope you had a wonderful day may God Bless you with many many many many. More my Makayla. Loves you thanks for being such a wonderful friend to her. Love y’all 😊😊😊😊😊

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