Monday, July 11, 2005

My Daughter is sixteen today

My oldest daughter is sixteen today.

It is a bit weird actually. In many cultures she could have started her own family by now. But she is my little girl, probably always will be. Even after some man comes and takes her away from me.

Adriahna is an amazing young woman. She has a confidence that is way beyond her years. She just seems to be comfortable in her skin. She faces the trials and tribulations life throws at her with amazing maturity, and resolve. She is a lot like her old man in some ways. She is very passionate, is very stubborn in a good way, and is brave.

Last weekend she stood up in front of five hundred adults from all over Australia, and talked about helping some of her school friends to grow through some of their challenges. She is compassionate in a practical way. Not just feeling, but doing. I couldn't be more proud of her.

In much of life I have chosen a different path. I haven't followed the plan. In many ways I have not lived up to the standards set for me. I don't have the house with the three car garage, the lexus, big screen, and impressive portfolio. I don't even have a big church that I am leading. But looking at my beautiful daughter makes me feel like I have done atleast one thing right.

Adriahna honey, I love you, you are everything I could hope for in a daughter, I am proud of you.

dad

3 comments:

Cherrypicker said...

Good stuff.

nickandanita said...

Toby says a big Happy Birthday Dee Dee! You are definitely his favourite 16 year old Californian!

Kitty Cheng said...

awwwwww that's so sweet Jon! Reading your post makes me miss my dad even more!