Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Double Digits (The Girl This Time)

Long before I had children, someone told me that as you get older you remember the years by your children.

I could never understand what that meant.

Today I think I do.

The moment a baby enters your life you're changed-- everything becomes measured by that momentous time.

That child (or those children) become the measuring stick by which all moments, days, seasons, and years are measured.

I cannot believe that 10 years ago today I gave birth to a tiny dark-haired baby girl.

In the blink of an eye, we went from a cold day in Texas with a pink swaddled baby, to celebrating her 10th birthday-breakfast eating one of her favorite foods: bacon.

Time goes so incredibly fast.

To my sweet Girl,

Of all the girls in this world, I wouldn't want anyone but you. You are smart, and funny, and compassionate. And you have made the last decade so bright.

I pray that the next decade finds you healthy and happy, and drawing nearer to God.

I have sung these words to you almost as long as you have been alive. I pray that these words will be alive and active in you as you live out the decades to come:

Hold on to Jesus,
Cling to His love,
Rest deep in his mercies, 
Whenever things get rough.
Don't lose sight of His goodness,
and don't ever doubt this truth.
That when you hold on to Jesus,
He's holding on to you.
-Erin O'Donnell

Cling to Jesus, sweet and everyday!
Happy Birthday!
Love you,


Gretchen said...

Birthday blessings! I think my last comment was eaten. ;) I hope the bacon was fantastic, & the sweatshirt rocks!

Tiffani said...

Oh gosh, I just can't imagine when September comes how I'm gonna feel when my boy gets to double digits!

Hope this day was just a bundle of fun for The Girl.

We had bacon for dinner in her honor! ;)

meh said...

Dear Birthday Girl,

Happy Birthday! How is it being double digits? I hope you are having a fun time. I miss you.

Love, J.

Dear Birthday Girl,

Blessings on your special day today and blessings for your next decade!

Ms. M.

LJ said...

Dear "The Girl",

It is always good at a milestone birthday to remember the important things in life: You're loved by God, blessed with a great family, and TEXAN by birth!

Enjoy your double digit birthday 'cause you may not be feeling this good at your triple digit birthday!

Love and birthday blessings from Texas,


Unknown said...


I miss you. When are you going to come visit me?


Carpool Queen said...

I have heard you sing that song to her and it KILLS ME to hear it - so powerfully true -

Love ya'

PS - Sorry I coughed on you today. On the bright side, it wasn't the flu.

The Buntens said...

HappY Birthday!

Sandy said...

What sweet pictures! That double digit birthday is so important (G.'s oldest had hers in June!) And how special that you have that song for her!

His Girl said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Happy birthday to your adorable sweetie girl. May her years be full of God's grace.

Beth said...

Wow! Cannot believe your sweet Girl is already 10. Wish her a happy, happy day and weekend from us!

P.S. Have I told you before how impressed I am with your creativity and ideas? ;-) What a fun-sounding party. What a fun Mom!

LJ said...


I miss you too. Not sure about travel - going to Belize with Jenster. I can't believe our kids are growing this fast! You are VERY dear to me friend! Love ya.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I hope it was a special birthday.

Such a sweet song!!