She matched my heart, beat for beat, and she carried it with her with every impish smile, twirl, sprint, and laugh. Her tears were far more rare than her sparkling eyes, and her dreams were bigger than reality, and she didn't care.
It was wonderful to know my baby was secure in the safety of our home, in her imaginary mermaid world, her princess dresses, and her rock climbing fortresses.
And then one day . . . everything changed.
She grew up.
She walked away from me.
I stood and watched her go to her first day of school, but I shed none of the customary tears. For she walked with fortitude and determination. Anxiousness reflected in her eyes, mixed with giddy excitement. A warm embrace, a whispered prayer, and she murmured in wonder: "I think I'm going to be okay, Momma."
I think you will be, Baby Girl. It is I who will suffer some as you carry away my heart into the big world. May my heart break before yours, let mine bleed in your sorrow, may mine be bruised and battered, if just to keep yours innocent and whole.
And, while my wishes I breathe over you be bigger than our reality, may the One who is large enough to guard you rise to His promise, as the King protects His princess.
Jesus watch over you, my love, Jesus will protect you.
COMING SOON! March 2016, "The Cowgirl's Lasso", The Cowboy Bride's Novella Collection from Barbour Publishing
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