I’ll never forget the first time my youngest daughter rode a bike without training wheels. No one taught her, she just asked to be put up on the bike and away she went! One of the kids ran in the house and told me and I rushed outside. We all squealed and clapped, but no one was as excited as she was that day.

I grabbed my camera and one of my sons grabbed our Flip video. I am so thankful to have the moment captured in image and video.

She didn’t know how to brake. At first she was barefooted and wearing a long play skirt, riding a bike that was way too big. The kids ran along side to keep her from falling when she tried to stop.

We were all absolutely giddy with the moment and her new skill, this surprise accomplishment.

Although she’s mastered braking on a bike her size, two years later she’s still got that fearlessness and desire to jump in and try something new. Earlier this month I had to chase her down and keep her from falling when she took off on a teenage boy’s bike.

Looks like we’re going to have to teach her about hand brakes.

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