Dear Daughter, Please stop growing.
Every time I look at this kid I have to remind myself that she is still a kid. She is so "real". I used to be scared to have teenagers and while I still worry about all the unknowns that we are on the verge of, I have the COOLEST teenager! She is fun and respectful and loving and helpful.
Everyone always asks me if she is for "real" and I have to answer, "yes!" She's just as sweet and good and genuine as she seems and even more. She's also fun and funny and a bit snarky now and then - a side of her that I think only we in the inner circle see.
I have started praying for her future husband. I know - I should have been all along, but it just wasn't on my mind until now. The sweet part is that she's praying for him too and all I can say is that he's one lucky fella already. This girl is going to be amazingly well prepared for motherhood.
And still she's a teenager, and very honest about the real, raw, rough parts of this phase of life. I love you Ksenya. Thanks for being my daughter and one of my very best friends. You amaze me.