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This past weekend Emily went on a youth group trip with her bestie, Katie. To you that might seem ordinary, but for Bobby and I it was the first time she's been out of state without at least one of us.

And midway through this week, she'll turn fifteen. That's a decade and a half. How in the world has that much time gone by? I mean wasn't it just yesterday she was a beautiful baby?

But the joy of it all is that daily we catch glimpses of the fine, intelligent, kind woman we know she'll be when the raising portion of our journey together is done.

Funnily enough, the book I grabbed out of my library pile this week touched on this very subject. Normally I don't care for wordless picture books, but Fly! by Mark Teague is a definite exception. The story begins with Momma bird feeding her baby. And as the story progresses, we see her gently try and coax baby from the nest in an effort to get him to spread his wings and fly.

Baby of course is hesitant to the point of throwing a tantrum. Inevitably baby falls to the ground and he and Momma have a difference of opinion about what happens next. Needless to say this story has a satisfying ending just like I know Emily's story will have a satisfying ending.

So for those of you who still have children in the five to eight year range, I recommend that you enjoy the time and read this book with your kiddos. And for those of you who are a little farther along on the journey with your children, read this book and enjoy the fact that what your teaching your children now will be put to good use later!

I hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into my week as well as my foray into the kidlit world. I also hope to see you here again next Monday.

Wishes for a week full of wonder and a Happy New Year!


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