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Watching Carlee and Allee Grow 2 of the Most Important Women in My Life
The best gifts we have in life are the one that don’t have monetary value, such as the life of a child. When my first daughter, Carlee, was born, I was afraid of breaking her because she was so little. By the time we left the hospital, she barely weighed 5 pounds and felt so tiny when I held her in my arms. When my second daughter was born, it was a little different. I was a little older and surer of what to do, and Allee was much bigger than her older sister had been. I am incredibly proud of my daughters, and with Women’s History Month taking place this month, I can’t help but think about these two incredible women in my life. I’ve known a lot of people and have heard that most fathers are eager to have sons for some weird reason, but I always wanted daughters. It was an incredible moment when Carlee was born and just as special when Allee came a few years after. Watching them grow into the women they are today has been an incredible experience, but at times, I find myself missing the early days. When they were little, we got to spend so much time together, but as they grew older, they started wanting to hang out with friends instead of their parents. Then when they reached 16, they started driving and wanting to get out of the house. I think that is one of the more difficult moments as a parent — watching your kids beginning to leave the nest. But it also means the time I have with them now is even more precious than before. The older our daughters become, the more we cherish our time with them.
As they continue to grow, I feel so proud of everything they’ve accomplished. In previous newsletters, I’ve written about how successful Carlee is working as a tennis coach for the women’s tennis team at Birmingham Southern College and working part time as a tennis professional at a local tennis club. Allee is in the midst of her education at Ole Miss and working hard through the mission work she’s volunteering for. It was hard on Allee that first year, like it is for many freshmen. Going from the structured process of high school and living at home to the unstructured life of a college student and everything that comes with it is
quite a culture shock, but she’s thriving now. Allee has become really involved with the Campus Crusade for Christ at Ole Miss and is looking forward to the mission work she’s planning for spring break and summer. I have great relationships with Carlee and Allee that I cherish, and I know how lucky I am to have my daughters be such essential parts of my life. Having this opportunity to experience life with them as they grow and getting the chance to watch and encourage them as they walk down their individual paths is absolutely remarkable. As a father, I’m so proud of what they’ve done in their lives so far, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for them.
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