For anyone still out there, I apologize for not posting. I'm hesitant on many accounts to jump back into the rivers of writing, but I couldn't let the day pass without saying a very Happy Birthday to someone very near and dear to me.
Happy Birthday to the best daughter-in-law ever! Lauren is a precious member of our family, who keeps us organized, creates joy and beauty in every gathering, loves unconditionally, is energetic, creative and a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and daughter.
Did I mention fun and adventurous? Happy Birthday Sweet Lauren!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
It's simple really. When asked what was the greatest commandment, Jesus answered.
If only we could all live by the simple truth of the gospel, we wouldn't have the chaos we live in today. Sure, we would still have problems. None of us is perfect. But if we followed love instead of giving in to hate, our world could look much different.
You are so smart. I just wish I could convince you that it's okay to ask for something new without destroying the old. You can have a new backpack and the old backpack too. But I suppose when you ask, and I tell you you already have lots of backpacks, it makes sense to you to take the scissors to them and cut them up so they are no longer functional.
Your Ipad and computer skills are impressive. So are your online ordering skills. It's always fun to open up Walmart online and find transformers in my cart.
You are a great big brother and cousin. You try so hard to be helpful and can't seem to understand when Josiah doesn't really want your help. You have to remember he is two and wants to do things himself.
You still love transformers and baseball, but you've added Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, Batman, and Superman to the list.
You love riding your bike, playing police officer and taking people to jail. You are fast on your bike.
I enjoy Face Timing with you, but if I don't answer, try not to call repeatedly over and over. Sometimes Gramma is busy.
You have a heart of gold. I love to hear you sing to Jesus in worship, playing your guitar, the keyboard or any instrument.
You are a very special, one-of-a-kind, handsome, loving young man. I love you Ethan. Happy 14th Birthday!
Once upon a time, there was a Gramma and Grandpa who only had a grandson. The grandparents waited and waited a long time to have a granddaughter. One day, in the magical city of New Orleans, their waiting ended. A beautiful baby girl was born. Her parents named her Ivydee Harper.
Ivydee was a sweet baby, with soft hair and beautiful brown eyes. Everyone loved her so very much.
When she was 9 months old, her mama took a trip, and her gramma came to visit. Ivydee was curious. She enjoyed pulling books from the bookshelf. She crawled around the room, even climbing over her big dog Daphne. She was happy until it was night time. Then she wanted her mama.
Ivydee cried and cried. She loved her daddy and gramma, but wanted her mama. Daddy walked her back and forth, back and forth while playing a small and simple song for her. She fell asleep in his arms and would only sleep if laying on his chest. Ivydee was very happy when mama came home.
Ivydee grew and grew.
She became a big sister to Jolie.
Ivydee loves to read books and hear stories. Often, she goes to the library and listens to more stories with her friends. Ivydee likes to hear stories about herself from mama or daddy. Then she retells their stories over and over.
Ivydee has a great imagination.
One minute she is a bride, getting married to her daddy. The next minute, she is a princess in a faraway land. Sometimes she pretends to be Cinderella with her fairy godmother.
Sometimes she is just Ivydee, somersaulting in the grass, playing with her cousins.
Today, Ivydee is three. She has grown into a lovely, talkative, funny, imaginative, adventurous three year old princess. She gets cuter and cuter every day.
I love you Ivydee, Happy Birthday sweet girl.
Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
Sarabeth, what an honor it is to watch you as a mom.
It brings me great joy to see how happy Aspen is because of how you nurture her.
You embrace the challenges of motherhood with ease.
Your boundless love and joy shows in everything you do.
Happy Birthday Sarabeth!
You are a wonderful daughter and mom. Love and miss you so much. Can't wait to see you.
I will never stop praying for you and praying blessings over you. May you become the mighty woman of God that He has called you and gifted you to be. May you delight His heart as you have brought delight to me. May you always know the peace of God in your heart and the power of God in your life. May you sow peace in the lives of others. May you always know the prosperity of God, your provider. Keep making a difference in this world.