My Bekah turns 14 today!

I’m not even sure how it happened? But, there we were, at Royal Oak Beaumont and the time had come.

The next thing I know, our Dr. is handing me this unbelievably beautiful baby girl.

We named her Rebekah Sue Raitz.9852925-R3-029-13

Partly because we loved the name and partly because we love the story of Rebekah in the Bible and her over and above serving attitude. Her middle name is after Tracie’s mom. The perfect name of this new little baby.

Goodness, I will never forget that day. I was in a staff meeting at church and I got the call. I rushed home and picked up Tracie and we headed to the hospital.

It still blows me away that God would bless me with such a beautiful daughter. I know I don’t deserve her.

My favorite moment of the day was when the nurse handed Tracie our little baby girl. Here’s the thing you need to know about Tracie, she loves babies. No, she REALLY loves babies! All she dreamed of her entire life was having babies and being a mom. And, this was the moment when she met her little baby girl. It was a spectacular moment.

We had a waiting room of people and it was so much fun for them to see Bekah!

It’s crazy how quickly 14 years have flown by. Person after person told us not to blink and I guess we did. I know we have a lot of time left, but some days it doesn’t feel like there is all that much time left. I mean, if 14 years have gone by that quick, she will be driving and graduating from high school before I know it.

Bekah is insanely talented. Now, I know she’s my daughter and dads are suppose to say that, but she really is. She is crazy creative, she is ridiculously smart and she is really organized.

She literally brightens a room. Her smile, her eyes, her presence and the way she carries herself is amazing. I love her passion for creating. I love that she’s learning to play the guitar, I love that she loves pinterest and I love the moments when she gets along with her siblings.

Her dream is to attend the University of Michigan. I’m not sure where that came from, but I will support her. I do have to say, I wouldn’t mind if she went to a Christian College like Spring Arbor, or North Park or Judson or Milligan. But, I will do everything I can to help her.

I love that she willingly serves at Church. She has for a few years now. She’s steady, she doesn’t complain and she does a great job.

I LOVE that she has DREAMS to make our church better. She thinks outside the box. She’s a leader and I love that!

Probably like any parent, my biggest fear for her is not the standard stuff. My biggest fear is that she’ll get burned out from church. She’s grown up in and around church. She’s been on at least a hundred, if not more, trips to camps and retreats with me because I’ve been the speaker. She’s heard a lot of pain from her parents about some of the not so great stuff that happens when people do dumb stuff and church. And, somedays I worry, yes I do, that she’ll walk away.IMG_2872

But, I pray daily that she doesn’t. I ask God to give her such a passionate love for Jesus that her friends would see the difference in her. I ask God to give her a hunger and a thirst for scripture. I ask God to clarify her purpose and calling while she’s young, so she can go after it.

I pray everyday for her future husband. I ask for protection for her from stupid boys. I ask God that her husband would be a man who is a devoted follower of Jesus. A man that would love her with an amazing love.

Primarily, I pray and ask God to use Bekah in ways for His kingdom that this world hasn’t seen.

I still can’t believe my Bekah turns 14 today. I love her with every ounce of my being and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

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