I've often thought about writing about my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. I have a great mother, but writing about my mother-in-law would just be a little different twist and my mother-in-law cares for others in so many ways. But this year Mother's Day is near the graduation date of someone who first turned me into a mother. It's my stepdaughter, Lauren, and I've known her since she was 2.
Now she's 18 and getting ready to launch out into the world. She already knows what she wants to do and has a headstart. She wants to be a Christian counselor and I think a lot of the advice she gives out to her little sister, to her friends and to me, all contains a dose of the gospel.
But even if she is a self-assured young lady, I remember when she was just a girl. Like a little doll, she came equipped with a bag of clothes as she traveled from her mom's house to her dad's house for overnights. Mothers often worry about whether their children are dressed for the weather, but Lauren had it all mapped out. She wore cool clothes and warm clothes. It was two layers of clothing and if she got warm, she just stripped down to the next layer, which was a pair of shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.