My oldest daughter, Savannah, just turned 17 years old
It’s hard for me to believe…but it’s true!
Last year, I wrote a blog post about her 16th birthday
And how for the first time in years
We were able to go to the mall
One year ago, I had just gotten under 300 pounds
And I was finally able to take her shopping
Without having to wait in the car
Or get parked in a chair near the food court
While she shopped alone
So here we are last year on her 16th birthday
Conquering the mall ~!
It’s Texas…so of course we have boots outside our mall
And here we are last year WALKING the mall together for the first time in years!
For once I’m out of the car and by her side!!
I remember how exciting it was for me to finally be able to walk in the mall again
At that point it was still hurting my knee and it was tiring but I was able to do it
After years of having to just make it to the nearest chair and wait for her
Or wait in the car
It was amazing to finally “Rise and Walk!”
It felt like a miracle!
The progress I have made physically in the past year just amazes me
I remember thinking that the damage was done and I might never live a full life again
But with every pound I lose and every bit of strength I gain from exercising
I find that my body is bouncing back and it has not betrayed me after all!
I may not be 20 years old and things may not exactly look as they once did
But physically I can go and do and see…..and THAT is what I always wanted!!
This year for her birthday
We did something else I could never have done at 417 pounds
We had a spa day!!
And got a pedicure
Something that for many years was an impossibility
Because I could not fit in the chair
Or even maneuver my way into it
So here we are enjoying our day
Enjoying our mother/daughter girl time!
And instead of waiting for her in the car
Because I don’t fit in any chair there
I get to actually be there WITH her!
It’s hard for me to believe that my baby is now 17
Savannah has always been a blessing to my life
From the moment she entered the world
She was nothing less than a ray of sunshine
That God poured down
So the dark times could never get too dark
And the light would never shine too far from my face
Due to her motivation and determination
She graduated high school at age 16
And starts college this summer
While losing 218 pounds is certainly something I am proud of
Nothing could ever compare to how proud I am of my children
Savannah is my oldest
And she may only be 17
But she’s helped me raise her siblings
She held me by the arm when I could barely walk to the mailbox and back
And she has done it all with grace
There are some days I wonder why God saw fit to bless me with such a beautiful gift
But then I remember
His Mercy and Compassion knows no bounds
And within that generosity…..he gave me Savannah
When Savannah was younger, we used to listen to a lot of Shania Twain
And this song reminds me of her
But more than that
It reminds me of all of us!
Because this song says
“She’s got everything it takes!”
And that’s Savannah
We’ve got what it takes!
And let’s never forget it!