We have reached the halfway point in raising Riley. I told her this the other day and her eyes welled up with tears. I made her feel better by telling her that she will remember ALL of the next nine years since she is older. I told her that we don't remember our first few years, so the first nine seems shorter. This helped her. I don't think it helped me though. She's mine. God gave her to me. I am selfish. I do not want to think about sharing her with the great big world in nine years. The world can't have her.