Look at my Carabella Mia! She is still a puppy in her heart, but I can already see the maturity in her eyes. She thinks more and figures out things - how to take a treat from a ball, how to find the toy we just put up, how to walk with us so that she gets longer walks. Her legs are longer and she is much much stronger. She is turning into a beautiful girl!
And look at this tall young man, my grandson! He was easily 3 or 4 inches shorter a year ago, still with a sweet little boy voice and a very wide open heart. He is taller, and smarter, and more thoughtful, and more interesting in this last year. He has opinions that are fun to explore, and interests that range far and wide.
He and Bella are waiting on us, looking forward to see what's coming down the road. I see him walking into the future, a fantastic young man. Grounded in the love of his family, certain of his own growing strength, confident in his ability to handle what he sees coming - but still making sure we are nearby, tracking with him, just in case.
He makes me very proud.