Lily Kate!My big 5 year old girl. Gosh, mercy, how I love you. I can’t believe you are 5! It seems like we have been talking about it for months…we HAVE been talking about it for months. Doing the countdown to your big day and now it is finally here. You invited 8 of your little friends to Build A Bear for a party and you are so excited. Lily Kate, I adore you. Our family would be lost without you. You help me keep this place running and keep everyone in line. You really love to be my helper and second in command. LK, you are a sweet, thoughtful, helpful, silly, kind little girl who loves to help me around the house, dance and make new friends. You love to shop, wear jewelry and play with friends. Your super excited about swimming this summer and Kindergarten next year. You love Sunday school and singing all the songs you learn there. When you pray, sister, it is so sincere and from your heart. You love Jesus. Lily, I pray that you always love Jesus and the songs you are learning take root deep in your heart. I pray that people are drawn to you because of the light in your heart. I pray that as you get older, you will look to Jesus to figure out who you are and that you won’t be easily swayed by the thoughts and opinions of others. Little Kate, as always, I pray you marry someone like your Daddy – hard-working, generous, reflective and deeply in love with God. I love you so much, little sister. Happy, happy day to you!
Ella Grace!Your BIG day is finally here!!! You have been waiting so patiently for your birthday, counting down the days. You actually woke up the last two nights in a row to tell me how many days left until your special day. I love that you are not only happy it’s your day, but you also love that you get to share it with Lily. Girl, there aren’t words to express to you just how much you love that sister of yours. You don’t like her to be out of your sight for too long. You love your family. You tell me all the time that you don’t want to get married because you don’t want to leave your family. I love you so much Gracie. You are my baby. When you kiss mama, it’s so full of passion and love that I want to melt. And you know it. You know the best way to get out of trouble is to start kissing me – it makes me laugh out loud every time. Ella, you love to color, draw and read books. You’ve come so far in school this year and your teachers are so impressed with your progress. You love school and you really love to learn. You are so excited to go to kindergarten so that you can learn to read. Right now you are having a hard time being away from any of us, but I love hearing Lily Kate remind you that, “God is always with you in your heart!” God is always near, littlest sister, never far from you. Others will disappoint you, but God never will. I pray that you always remember that, Ella. I pray that whenever others make you question your worth, you always look at that cross and know that God died for you, Ella. You by name. And Ella, I pray with all my heart, that you marry a man that loves God like Daddy does. A man full of integrity, wisdom, compassion and understanding and someone who will always cherish you! I love you with all that I am sweet Ella. Happy birthday!
Sweetest Little Twins, you have added more to my life than I’ve ever thought possible. I pray that the bond that you guys have is never broken and only strengthened and encouraged by your love for Jesus. I love you guys and am so thankful for the past 5 ah-may-zing years with you!!!