Happy Birthday, Rachel
Today she became an official teenager. 13 years old.
We have seen her maturing over the last few years, this past year especially. She is becoming a young woman. Still tenderhearted and gentle, she is becoming bolder in good ways.
While she is quiet, she is not shy. There were many years that she would not talk in public, but it didn't keep her from participating in things!
She is a delight to our whole family. I love having a new kind of relationship with her - she no longer needs me to tell her stuff. She needs me now to help guide her through these coming years.
She has also reached a major family milestone - she's taller than me! Of course I am only 5' 1" but she is going to be tall - we think taller than her older sisters.
Happiest of birthdays, dear, dear Rachel.