Monday, October 08, 2007

October 8, 1991

Sixteen years ago, I had just turned 28

You made your entrance and filled our lives with so much joy!

I had waited and waited to be blessed with my first child

You made me wait an extra two weeks!

I remember hearing the words, "It's a girl" and thinking later as I stared at your sweet face, "it didn't matter now if I have ten boys, I have a daughter to play with and grow old with."

You have been blessed with a sister to share life with and unfortunately only three brothers!

I prayed you would come to know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

You humble and amaze me with your desire to know Him and worship Him in Spirit and truth.

I watched you at the age of nine audition for a role in the Nutcracker and while other girls positioned themselves to be noticed, you stepped aside and took the hand of girl who was struggling and became her partner.

You didn't know you had done anything special!

I have watched you struggle through the places and things you love. I have prayed for God to bless you as you sing and do those things that don't always come naturally easy.

You have said to me, "you do it because you love it and will continue to do your best!"

I would have given up!

You persevere!

I know you are sweet sixteen today!

You reminded us this morning as we pulled into the parking spot at the County Building so that you could receive your driver's license.

I am flooded with memories (and tears) of the joy you bring into our life.

You are full of hope and excitement for the future and serving the Lord with your life.

I thank the Lord today for sixteen years of life.

You are ready to enjoy the fun and fellowship of your family and friends

Happy Birthday Lauren!

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12


Cyndi said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post! Happy birthday, Lauren! It is clear that God is doing something magnificent in you and through you. What a blessing you are.

Lisa Spence said...

Birthday blessings to Lauren and becoming-a-mom-day blessings to you Chris! What a day to rejoice in! May Lauren continue to follow hard after Him...

Jenileigh said...

Thanks for sharing Chris. I so enjoy reading at your blog! What a touching tribute to your daughter Lauren! Happy Birthday by the way.

Come over and get an award! {{{Hugs}}}

Susanne said...

Happy happy birthday to your Lauren! What a beautiful girl. And what a beautiful post!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to your precious girl. She is beautiful - inside and out. Your tribute to her is so very special Chris. They really are such a blessing.

melanie said...

Wishing you a wonderful day Lauren! Love you much!

Tammy said...

Oh, happy 16th birthday to your first little sweetheart! Such a beautiful post...and what a beautiful girl she is, inside and out!

Praise and Coffee said...

What a beautiful way to wish her Happy Birthday.
She is gorgeous!


Judy said...

Happy Birthday Lauren! You are just as beautiful as Cinderella! Hope you have a wonderful day, and a wonderful party! You are a blessing to many!

Heth said...

Happy Belated Birthday Lauren! Your Mom is so right, you are an absolute gem. You bless me with your smile every time I see you. Love you sweetie!

Unknown said...

That's sweet. Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

My first visit here. We were pregnant about the same time 16 years ago. I will be posting a birthday msg for my baby girl on Nov. 10th. Where has the time gone?!?
I loved your touched my heart.

Darlene Schacht said...

What a precious age. She's beautiful.

Kim said...

Happy birthday to your oldest child. She is beautiful! What a heart warming post about her!

Tina said...

happy happy happy (belated) birthday!! You are beautiful!!!