How Can It Be? Our Baby’s 18!

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18 years ago today I held her for the very first time.  She had her Daddy’s eyes and a full head of dark hair. She was perfect in every way.
Life with Taylor has always been an adventure.  She was in a breech position and I was scheduled for a c-section on February 11th.  At 11 p.m. on the 10th, I went to brush my teeth and my water broke. Apparently, Taylor didn’t get the memo that labor was not on my list of things to do. Surprise!
Taylor Nicole entered the world on February 11th, 1997 at 3:52 a.m.  She came on the right day just the wrong time. She just couldn’t wait for the scheduled c-section at 10 a.m.  She thought it would be more fun for me to experience a few hours of labor and then have a surprise c-section at 3:52 a.m. She’s so funny.
I would sit in my chair and hold her and wish she could stay little forever.  But she started crawling and then walking, and then running.  We blinked and all of a sudden she was a year old. We blinked again and she was 2 years old.  I smile when I think about our little girl sitting on a Little Mermaid bean bag, holding a Little Mermaid doll, and watching the Little Mermaid movie.  I see a little girl dressed up in a Tigger costume bouncing to the back door to greet her Daddy when he came home from work.  She was our whole world.
Every time Taylor finishes a new painting I’m so thankful that I signed her up for art lessons when she was only 6 years old. When she was 8 years old she heard the Eden String Quartet for the first time at a father-daughter dinner. Her eyes lit up every time she talked about the violin. We had no choice but to find a violin teacher.  When her eyes light up, we just can’t say no.  I’m so thankful for the paintings on our walls and the sound of violin music that fills our home.
Here we are today celebrating our little girl’s 18th birthday.  Oh, how I wish I could push a rewind button and do it all over again.  She has been a joy since day one.  I’m so thankful for the 18 years that we have had her in our life.  I look forward to all the years ahead. I know that God has a great future for our Taylor. Happy Birthday, Taylor!  We love you!
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