As mentioned in my previous post the next 2 posts will be all about my kids. I’ll start with the oldest.
On November 18, 1997, we were blessed by the birth of Rachel. She loves to tell people she was born in Snellville, GA, whose official town motto is “Where Everybody’s Somebody”. Rachel is a very smart, talented and beautiful girl. I just can’t believe she is almost 12! Where did the years go???
It’s hard to step back and just name off a few things that make your kids special. Every parent thinks their children are special in so many different ways. So, I’ll just list some of the character traits I see in Rachel that stand out and make her who she is.
Rachel is very intelligent. In fact, I am still amazed at some of the scores she receives on the many tests they go through in school. She has always tested well above average. I contribute part of this to her passion for reading. She loves books. In fact, every time we visit Knoxville the trip is not complete without a stop at our favorite book store. Rachel has been known to pick up a 300 page book in the morning and be finished by the end of the day. That is amazing to me because I am a very slow reader. What’s even more impressive is her ability to comprehend and remember what she has read.
In addition to her intelligence, Rachel is very talented. She showed an interest in art from an early age and has drawn and painted some pretty impressive pictures. We even framed a couple of them and have one hanging in our bonus room and one in my office. She has also learned to knit and wants to learn to sew (very useful talents). Her latest thing is music. She has been taking piano lessons and is learning lots. She has a strong desire to learn the instrument and is even writing some music of her own. I hope she continues and becomes a great pianist. She will also be beginning band this fall as she enters middle school and has chosen flute as her instrument. I’m positive she’ll be amazing at that as well.
There are so many more things I could write about my sweet Rachel….far too many positive attributes to list here. It has been such a pleasure watching how she has grown and develop into the beautiful, talented young lady she is today. I am very proud of her and the person she has become. In just about a month she will make the transition from elementary school to middle school, marking the beginning of a whole new journey. I look forward to where God will lead her in the years ahead and pray that my relationship with her will grow closer as she makes this journey.
Rachel, I’m sure you’ll read this so I just want you to know that you are a wonderful daughter. I love you with all my heart and am always here for you. Love, Dad.