I told Hannah-Grace that she could have her ears pierced when she turned nine, and after almost a year of stalling and excuses we ended up at the mall weeks before her tenth birthday. She went from joyful exuberance, to looks of terror. I think she is glad that we did this, but as her father I only see it as a milestone toward her growing up. I often find it hard to balance holding on and letting go. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful daughter and I am so glad to be on this journey together with her.