You only turn thirteen once. When my daughter asked for a self-styled photo session for herself and two of her BFFs for her birthday, I thought of an area of town I have driven through hundreds of times, each time thinking “I bet that would make a good urban photo session spot.” I didn’t even scout it before we headed over there, girls all decked out in their favorite-color attire. They had a great time experimenting with the (rather out-of-character) “grungy, urban” look, and we were all amazed when we stumbled on huge graffiti art depicting Bible verses, a cross, and the words “Jesus Saves.” I couldn’t believe the way God set that up! Such grace. As Lissa embarks on her teen years, this photo session with her friends was a visual of how God shows up in the most unexpected places . . . and that light makes even un-pretty things beautiful.
For birthday #14, Lissa has requested more long dresses and flower wreaths on the beach. I have to say, that’s more my style.