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.
Ella has finished the first grade. Hmm… strange since she was just born a few days ago! Or at least it seems that way. The past day or two, perhaps with the commencement of summer, I’ve reflected a lot on the amazing process God is allowing me to behold – the growth and development of my daughter. She’s an artist in the making.
Rather than writing a lengthy post about this huge moment in my daughter’s life (and mine and Angie’s as well), I thought I’d just let you watch the video and hear my comments. I’m quite thankful that family and friends at a distance can enjoy this video. Two things to notice. On her way down the steps, she panics for just a second and says, “I don’t want to today…” But she never stops smiling. Then, we’re not sure what was up with her feeling of paralysis at the end, but it also gave us a good laugh.
Yesterday, I was too sick to go to church, so Angie and Ella went. We had a Trunk-or-Treat in which David Stewart, our awesome Children’s Ministry Director told a story about a pumpkin. I have no idea what David said, but Angie used it to spark a discussion when we got home. She had enough insight to see the question marks written on Ella’s face.
Our little baby’s growing up! Few things are more precious, and more heart-breaking, than your six-year-old little girl with a backpack on, marching off to school. We’re happy for her, excited about her future, and prayerful that she’ll be used of God in mighty ways! But we also don’t want her to age another day.