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15 Truths For My Daughter As She Turns Fifteen

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You know how it is when older moms tell you to savor the time with your kids because it all goes so fast? I’m going to be one of those moms for just a minute. It really is amazing how fast it goes.

This week my oldest turned 15, and for the most part it seems like she should only be maybe four. The reality that is even more sobering is the fact that in just three short years, she could be preparing to leave our nest. I cannot even begin to express what sorts of feelings this stirs up in my mama heart.

I really do have a girl who is genuine, compassionate, and graciously independent, and I know that I’m not the only one who sees this. You can read a bit more about this young beauty in The Day I Failed My Daughter.

Anyhow, my girl turned 15 this week, and I wanted to mark the day in a special way. We spent some time together just the two of us, but I also wanted to put something in writing. Something for her to hold on to. Something for her to look back on in the days, weeks, months, and years that follow. Maybe, this would even be something that she would share with her own daughters some day.

I didn’t want anything fancy or extraordinary. Just something that was simple and to the point, yet something that really packed a punch.

What I came up with is something that maybe you’d like to share with your girls, too. Or, if you know someone who has girls, maybe you could pass this along to them, too.

While there are so many little pieces of wisdom I’d like to share with my daughter, these are the 15 that I really wanted to be sure that I didn’t miss while getting lost in the hustle and bustle of every day living.

Here are the 15 truths to share with my daughter upon her turning 15.


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  • I will always love you…no matter what


  • No one defines you…no one circumstance, and no one season. You get to choose who you are


  • You won’t be perfect in anything that you do. In fact, you won’t even do well at everything you do. Find your gifts and then grow them


  • Sometimes you will fail…and then there will even be times that you fail miserably


  • Failure is always an opportunity to grow


  • You don’t have to compromise who you are for anyone


  • There is always something to be thankful for…you just have to find it


  • There will always be those who want you to fail


  • Sometimes life will be hard


  • You can always choose change…you don’t have to stay stagnant. Ever


  • You will always be stronger than you think you are


  • You only have to take things one day at a time, one hour at a time, or even one moment at a time


  • It’s ok to have your own voice, even if that means that you are standing alone


  • There is no such thing as perfect…no perfect person, no perfect job, no perfect family, no perfect life


  • You are a sinner and so is everyone else. Always remember this

When it comes to being an intentional mom, there are so many things that I want to teach my children. Of course practical skills are important, and so are relational skills, and so many more things. However, I think these 15 things are some of the truths that have carried me through the hard times in life.

As my daughter turns 15, I want to be sure that she has a written copy of these same truths to carry her through the peaks and valleys in her life as well.

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