Thirteen years ago today, I received a page from Sara (yes, a page... hasn't technology come a long, long way since then) at the end of the school day while still at work. Time to head into the hospital! I had been getting my stuff ready to face my first parent-teacher interviews as a full-time high school teacher. Instead of talking to parents that evening, I became a parent (as opposed to only being called a Parent) late that night!
I will never forget that feeling when I first saw the beautiful little bundle of joy that was Rykauna. The following day, while Sara was sleeping, I remember walking the halls of the hospital with Rykauna in my arms. I gazed down at the tiny little face with the beady eyes and prayed for her. I prayed that I would be a good daddy. I prayed that she would be saved early in life. I prayed that she would grow to become a good woman. I prayed that she would stay healthy as she grew.
Today, looking back at the past 13 years, I can thankfully say that most of those prayers have been answered! (I'll leave the good daddy part alone for now!). Rykauna has been and is a very determined and ambitious girl. She is full of energy and is so positive about life. She is excited to try new things and perseveres through difficulties. She is a wonderful big sister and a loving daughter. She has indeed grown into a wonderful young lady!
Rykauna is really creative. She opened up an Etsy store to sell scarves (http://www.etsy.com/shop/RykaunasRuffles). Her most recent interest and hobby is photography. Last year at school she joined the Paparazzi Club and developed her budding interest in photography. She pleaded for an early birthday present, and so at the beginning of the summer, we bought her her 13th birthday present - a new camera! She has put this camera to much use over the last several months. You have been able to enjoy some of her pictures on this blog. Here are a few more that she has taken over the last little while.
|Li Lin gazing through a fence|
|Hudson during family fishing week. We didn't catch anything but we had fun!|
|Logan showing off his catch - more weeds!|
|Hudson enjoying eating rice crackers|
|Rykauna enjoys taking close-ups using the 'macro' feature!|
|Hard to get a picture of Rykauna on here when show-casing her photography talents. Here are her feet!|
|Mom and Li Lin running in the park.|
|Daddy 'the playground' Parent giving a another ride to Li Lin|
Love Mom and Dad