Age is only a number.Â This statement is going through my mind as our babies, our twins, turn 21.
I remember when they were born.Â We had two other daughters and would add a fifth one when our niece came to live with us a few years later.
Five daughters.Â I never thought I would get done nursing babies.Â I never thought I would get past diapers.Â I never thought I would get them all into school.Â I never thought I would get them all out of high school – 15 straight years of having kids in high school seemed like an eternity.
And here we are with three grown and flown and the last two halfway through college and turning 21.
When did we get this old?
OurÂ babies have turned 21!
It seems like yesterday that they went to Kindergarten.
In the blink of an eye, they were off to their last day of high school!
And we were moving them into college!
We’ve been on adventures together.
And they’ve been on adventures on their own.
They are interesting people with interesting hobbies.
All five girls are good to us, but, more importantly they are good to one another.
I come from a family where it is normal for everyone to be suspicious and critical of one another; therefore, I worked hard to provide an environment where they would not only learn mutual respect for one another, but would also love to be together.
They are strong women.
They are smart women who areÂ beautiful inside and out and who also love to have fun.
Yes, our babies are having fun on this their 21st birthday weekend.
Last Christmas, their three older sisters gave them a trip to Las Vegas for their birthday.
Let’s hope that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The trick is growing up without growing old.
~ Casey Stengel