As of today, Jo is no longer "dd8." She is now "dd9," which somehow seems so ...big!
Nine years ago, I held 10 lbs. and 2 ounces of black-headed baby girl in my arms and wondered who in the world thought I was qualified enough to parent this unbelievable gift. She was--and is-- the most amazing lesson the Lord has ever given me; I have learned more about Him--and myself--in my years of being Jo's mother than in the 23 years that came before.
Thank you for letting me be your mother, Jo. Welcome to the last year of single digits!