Since my day to blog falls on my eldest daughter’s birthday, I can’t resist taking this opportunity to wish her happy birthday in a very public way. First, let’s get this photo out of the way… (I’m going to be in SO much trouble! Teehee!)
I never thought I’d be a mom of girls. I grew up as the oldest of five, with only one brother. But somehow, I’d always pictured myself as a mom of boys. Lots of boys. When my second pregnancy felt identical to my first, I was just certain that meant there was another little boy on the way. When the doctor announced, “It’s a girl!” I could hardly believe my ears! It truly took me a few days to grasp that I did, indeed, have a darling daughter!
Tobi was our strong-willed child, stubborn, determined, perfectionist—qualities that made her…let’s just say difficult to parent for a few of the eighteen years she spent in our home. But those same qualities made her a model citizen, a loyal friend, and a top student (her National Merit Scholar status won her a full-ride scholarship and gave us a much-needed break on college tuition payments! Thank you, Tobi!)
My little girl has grown up into a precious young woman who is an amazing teacher, a loving wife, a fabulous mom to three of the cutest little boys in the world, a sweet sister, a former State-bound athlete and now a great track coach’s assistant to her hubby (they met on the track team in college), a talented crafter and decorator, a dedicated Sunday School teacher and VBS coordinator, an eloquent writer (she and I have written some blog posts on the seasons of marriage together, and Tobi has also had articles published in education magazines), and so. much. more.
It’s hard not to brag on my sweet daughter, so I’ll just close by saying, I could not feel more blessed to call Tobi Anne Raney Layton my daughter.
♫ Happy birthday, dear Tobi, happy birthday to you! ♫