In another year she'll probably be taking the option of attending college full-time during her senior year of high school as our small rural school doesn't have a lot more to offer her in terms of courses. While I'm sure she's ready, I'm not sure ol' dad is ready to be done with raising this gal.
Being married to a smart, determined, sassy, redhead... we developed a simple philosophy that guides raising our daughter: We're trying to raise a Christian daughter who wants a man in her life, but never needs a man in her life. I think it's working out fairly well so far, but you never really know until it's too late and there are no do-overs in this game.
"Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Our country girl can sew and shoot, cook and change oil, dance and dirtbike. She's humble with all that she's blessed with and takes pride in what SHE accomplishes. She gives of herself and her time, as her parents both do, and she's compassionate towards others, but that doesn't necessarily mean she's tolerant if you can understand the difference.
Someday when she chooses a man to spend the rest of her life with... I hope it will be out of love and want, not desperation or need. Her expectations for men due to her raising may limit potential opportunities, but I'm sure there are still Christian men in this world who are manly men, who want a partner not a servant, who desire a woman of passion, intelligence, and common sense.
We've tried to do our best to give her every opportunity within our means while teaching her to make her own opportunities, but time will tell as this is our first and only attempt at raising a country girl.