Ella, you’re amazing! And you’re supposed to stay my little girl forever. You’ve grown up so much already and I’m tearing up in Starbuck’s as I write this just thinking about it. I hope it’s okay with you that this is public. I just thought of other Dads of future teenaged girls and the daughters who may need a bit of guidance too.
Some stories are timeless, like this one, written by one Ella Grace, my eight-year-old daughter. Enjoy.
Yesterday, we headed to Treasure Island Beach. It’s a beautiful spot in Laguna Beach hidden away behind the Montage Resort. You have to hike a bit to get down to it, but once you’re there, you’re enclosed between two beautiful cliffs.
What does it take to enjoy a nearly perfect day? Well…
- Seeing your precious daughter turn 8 years old.
- Southern California summer – 80 and no humidity.
- A trip to the Grove in Hollywood.
- A visit to the American Girl Store… where they served cake.
- Watching Ella spend gift certificates on a new
dollfriend named Lanie.
- Weekend services at Saddleback Church.
- Chick-fil-A for dinner (Ella’s pick).
- Ice Cream.
- Watching a 3 month old Samuel endure it all, including traffic jams on the 5 and 405 freeways, like a champ!
- Meeting a neighbor with a 3 month old English bulldog pup who licked my toes.
- Hangin’ on the couch with Ella and a late night movie.
We were introduced today to what everyone has told us about Los Angeles traffic. Sixty miles takes anywhere from two hours to six days… take long-term provisions just in case.
The last couple of weeks have been rather interesting at the Cox house. Angie has begun a new career teaching Bible at Life Way Christian School in Centerton, just a few miles away, and Ella started second grade there today. Though Angie will take Ella with her each day, I had the privilege of delivering her to her new classroom today. All I can say is she seems a little bit less like a little girl each time we do this.