This has been a big year for all members of my family
but the biggest changes have to be in my daughter Kate.
This year was the start of high school.
A brand new school, new friends to meet and make,
new challenges and routines to face and learn.
During this year, I had the profound privilege and pleasure
to watch my daughter try a sport - volleyball - for the first time.
Determination and a positive attitude won her a spot on the JV team,
but ultimately those two attributes could only take her so far.
I have watched her focus and practice and learn
and her progress has been unmistakeable.
She will be quite a contender on the JV team next year.
I have watched her handle her classes with aplomb.
At this point, she has surpassed my math skills
(and the highest math level I reached in college, I might add,
once she takes Geometry next year)
and nearly reached my highest level in Science as well.
(How in the world did I even GET into college??)
Over the course of the past eight months I have also watched her
audition for and make Chamber Choir,
join the softball team and learn the sport
(tonight she made an out, a hit and scored a run!)
get a part in the Sound of Music and perform in the play,
and go on a week long mission trip to Guatemala over Spring Break.
My child astounds me.
She is more self assured and kind than I ever was.
She is a person who knows herself and is very perceptive and loving.
I am so very lucky I have her as my daughter.