Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Baby Girl.....

Dear Daughter,

As I write this, you will be turning 16 years old in just a matter of days. Your dad and I are so excited for you. We know you have been looking forward to this milestone and we celebrate the joy of you.

And yet, we find ourselves wondering how the time could have gone by so quickly. It seems it was only yesterday that we cuddled you in our arms and danced in awe at the idea of being entrusted to the care and nurturing of you.

The “job” of being your parents was one that we readily embraced. We soon learned that it was so much more than what a regular type of title can hold. The “job” of parenting comes without a black and white rule book. The “job” requirements have nothing to do with previous experience and expertise. The rules are only that you love, nurture, and guide with a listening ear and generously share a heart brimming with love and acceptance.

Your gentle nature and precious spirit make this the best and most amazing “job” in the world. Seeing the world through your eyes causes us to challenge our own thinking and desires. The way you so freely embrace the things that God calls for you is inspiring and is an example that encourages us to dare to do the same.

As you step into this new year of being you, we wanted to give you a special symbol of just how greatly you are cherished and loved. It is a combination of beauty and representation. The gold and rose colored leaves remind us of how your dad and I are on either side of you, cherishing you, cheering you on, and always loving you in all ways. The two hearts together make us think of the relationship between you and Daddy God. They are intertwined because God is always with you and they shine of beauty because God’s light in you is always apparent. It is a promise ring. It symbolizes the promise that God has written destiny and purpose for you that belongs to no one else but you.

Sweet and wonderful Darling, you are an amazing creation, a princess to be celebrated and honored. In the days and years to come as you experience life’s changes and you shape more and more into God’s promise, know this; you are a blessing to us and so many countless others. People that you have touched in the past, present, and in the times yet to come are all blessed by you, your character, and your heart. The things that have yet to be revealed to your heart are going to be so amazing because they will fit the perfect creation that God made you to be.
We thank God for you every day.
We love you so very much.
Puddin' is 16 now. Wow I can't believe how quickly time goes by.

She asked to have an open house party this year. So with our house open from 4-10pm the kids all had fun eating, hiking, eating, costume competition, eating, twister marathon, movie watching and making a ton of memories. I think when it was all said and done there were 25 youth running in and out of the house. They are such a good bunch and they made it so special for her.

Everyone had great costumes and super creativity but I have to admit
that the comedy of this particular outfit still leaves me in stitches.

Here is a group shot of some of the gang.

Puddin' we love you so much!


  1. Happy sweet 16!! They do grow so fast dont they eldest is 12 and I can imagine myself blogging like you soon on her 16th..I wish they never grow up..seriously I do :) Happy week ahead.hugs/M

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUDDIN.Well Puddin a word for your life.Please pray over this word. You who takes the hurt for those who are put to one side with no worth, will come along side them and give yourself in the work of God. To lift them up,God is talking to you and putting thing's before you in the way that He wants you to go in your walk with Him. Your love for those around you will expand to those you have not yet seen.The power He as given you with a gentle heart to be an overcomer for the last day's.Many will know Jesus Christ through you.The adventure He as for you with the road that He will light, till that day that the Yeshau comes back.You are blessed really good LOVE to you all Alan.

  3. Belated Happy Birthday Puddin'. Your dear parents have done a wonderful job bringing you up. What a fun time you had on the day.

    Jules - congratulations to you and your dear husband for doing so well. What a beautiful letter to Puddin'.

    Send huggles and care to you all,

    Michelle and Zebbycat (he's purring very LOUDLY behind me, sending his grettings)

  4. Happy Birthday to your BEAUTIFUL daughter!!!! What a lovely way to demonstrate your love for her...the post, the ring...the fun party!!! You are terrific parents, and she is a lovely young woman! Love you! Janine XO

  5. Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter.
    I am astounded by how quickly the time goes by. Everyone seems to be growing up so quickly. My eldest grandson is 13! I can hardly believe it.

    Nuts in May

  6. Just stopping by to say "hello," and to send you my love! ~Janine OX


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