Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Birthday Girl

Dear Mandy,

Happy birthday sweet girl.

From the moment I felt the first bump from inside my belly, I knew you would add exuberance to our family. You never stopped moving, a crazy birth story, a demanding baby, crawling at 5 months, talking at 8 months. A whirlwind of absolute delight.

Active, enthusiastic, and expressive, we haven't caught our breath with how amazing you are!

As you grow in outward beauty every day,

I pray that out of his glorious riches God may strengthen you with power 

through his Spirit in your inner being, 

so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. 

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 

may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 

to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge

—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

(Ephesians 3:16-19)

So sweet girl, 

I cherish your love of all things girly and pink,

your need for touch, hugs, and affirmation.

I adore your dimples on your sunshiny face.

I love your faded-favorite-blue-jean-colored eyes that crinkle closed for your ever-present smile.

You are so excited for your birthday and I hope it is just an awesome day for you.

On order for your special day on the 16th, friends (25 of them!) and pink cupcakes.

I told you there wouldn't be any presents, but just maybe there will be.

We are celebrating you.

You are so absolutely, fantastically precious to me.

I love you Mandy Rose.

Love, Mommy


Grace said...

Happy Birthday Mandy!!! What a precious girl you are!

happley handcrafted said...

very sweet! Looks like a perfect spot for photos. My fav. is the third from the bottom. What a sweet girl!

Anonymous said...

You have such a beautiful family, Alysun. I love how you express your love for your children and your husband.

Happiest birthday, Mandy !

We are thinking of you...

Ash Kahl said...

I'm so jealous! I desperately want pictures of my kids on that swing. I hope she had a wonderful birthday. I'm sure you made some good eats for her special day!

Linds and Manda said...

So sweet. The pictures are fabulous too. Wow...she IS getting big and growing into a beautiful little woman from the beautiful little girl she's been. Where does the time go?