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Eleven. Hard to believe. This girl has…

Eleven. Hard to believe. This girl has…

Eleven. Hard to believe. This girl has taught me beyond words since she came into our lives in 2007. From enduring rain on Mt. Kinabalu at 7 months to handing Taggie to strangers in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal 8 months later, Lila – through our work and perhaps not her choice – experienced more of the world in her first 2 years than I did in my first 2 decades. It caused some shell shock for a while, an understandable desire to be home rather than away, in the known rather than the unknown. But in recent years, her desire to travel, to learn, to engage, and to experience has exploded, coupled with an openness to the experiences available only far outside our Colorado bubble. She’s taught me that patience often leads us to better lessons than haste… All good things come in time as they say. I’ve learned to share her insatiable and unending love for all earth’s creatures (well, except maybe for rats) and – to some extent – her drive to be on or in the ocean as much as possible; to see the world as art and emotion as beauty, laughter as medicine and the world as an oyster more beautiful than anything. It’s been an amazing 11 years so far, Lila… Thanks for sharing them with us, and I cannot wait for the years yet to come. | In Nuqui, Colombia, en route to @morromico. @wendebvalentine #liveyouradventure #liveyourfamilyadventure #happybirthday

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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