Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Birthday Wishes to our Girl



Seventeen years ago today we became what we'd never been before. We moved from being just a couple to becoming a Mom and a Dad. And this adorable little one is who made it so that I could take upon ourselves that title and privelage. And we've never looked back.



You're the first born to us, your loving parents. Your the first to break in these newbies to parenting. You bought a joy into our lives that we'd never known before. Everything was now measured not to satisfy us but as to what was best for you. You changed our lives for the better in ways that you will never know until you have your first.

(Unfortunately, when you were first born our camera was the pits so until you were 3 months so all the early shots of you have a blurry edge if they were close up or if we focused you were a little picture in a great big background. We finally just splurged and went a bought another camera and we haven't stopped clicking since!)





I love this picture of you. It just shows your personality off a bit. Plus, it is probably the only time we will ever see you in so much lace and poufiness. You've developed your own taste now and it definitely does not include lace nylons and frou frou dresses. Although, my girl, notice it was your mother who started you on your love of high tops. Back then saddle shoes, now Converse shoes, in every color under the sun. Except of course, pink.



You've made us so proud over the years. You were such an intense little babe and would look at things just absorbing them. It took us 3 months to make you laugh and then we had to literally stand on our heads. You've taken that intenseness and focused it on school, where you've always made us proud with your grades. You've taken that intenseness and focused it on the sports you love, basketball and rugby, and worked hard to develop your skills. You've used that intenseness when you choreograph & perform dances that tell the story of God reaching out to a lost world, that tell of God's love or of praise to the Lord. And you've also developed a fun sense of humor. It is much easier to make you laugh now! Your interests and talents are varied and we know that as you lay them before the Lord, He will use them to minister to both the lost and God's people. You grown from a beautiful babe to wonderful young lady whom we are so proud of!



HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR BASKETBALL GIRL!




23 comments:

PastorMac's Ann said...

Happy birthday to your wonderful young lady, Susanne. Many her upcoming year be richly blessed. Lovely tribute.

Kiki said...

thanks very much mother... and erm... thanks for the plaid converse. heehee

Growing in Grace said...

Happy Birthday!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday
Hope you have a wonderful day
BASKETBALL GIRL!

Tracy Hurst said...

This is so wonderful for me to read after just having a precious little girl 9 months ago. Before I know it, she too will be turning seventeen! I think it's precious that your daughter can read this blog and know how proud you are of her - so many teens are desperate to hear that from a parent! You are a wonderful mom and I celebrate God's gift to you - your beautiful daugher in Christ! Blessings! Tracy Hurst

org junkie said...

How sweet...I hope she has a fantastic birthday!!

Laura

Beck said...

17! Happy birthday to her! What a lovely, lucky girl she is to have a mother who would write something so beautiful about her.

Barb said...

What a sweet birthday tribute to your beautiful daughter, Susanne. Happy Birthday to her.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful touching post Susanne. Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter.

Shalee said...

Happy Birthday Susanne's eldest child! May God grant you years of growth, love and mercy as you take on life.

And blessings to you Susanne as you watch her grow.

Linda said...

Please tell her HBD from me in the basketball state. I know you are so proud of her. This tribute probably means a lot now but mean even more as the years go by. Happy birthday to the one who actually gave birth, too!

gail said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!
That was so sweet to read Susanne and I loved the pictures...beautiful young lady you have. Daughters are very special.

momrn2 said...

A very Happy Birthday to her!!! Hope it is memory and fun filled!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday,Basketball girl!!! What a blessing to have a godly mother! Have a great day!


Kim

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday to your young lady!

And those aren't blurry pictures. That's just "special effects."

Susie said...

What beautiful words for a beautiful young lady. Happy birthday Basketball girl!

Doris said...

Happy Birthday to your lucky daughter!

Carol said...

I tried to talk my 14y/o into plaid converse. Ultra-conservative dresser she is, she opted for red.

Happy birthday! Enjoy those shoes.

Peach said...

Happy wishes, even belated! Hope your day was full of joy, laughter and love. What a precious girl!

{Karla} said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!

Blessings,
Karla

Tammy said...

She sounds like such a wonderful young lady and it's no wonder you're so very proud of her!
A Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

Laurel Wreath said...

After many tries to get on your site I was finally able to, stinky work computer.

Anyways...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet birthday girl. Aren't daughters wonderful?