Friday, September 10, 2010

She ought to be in pictures

Oh wait.
She is.
Lots of them in fact.
Lots and lots and lots of pictures.
I'm sorry, but a birthday happens only once a year and besides...
they tell her story.
If you need more words you can read the post I wrote about her last year.
In the meantime...

Happy Birthday to my baby.

My baby who is sweet

and sassy,

a blonde headed

blue eyed beauty.


and funny,

a natural born actress

who loves her books

her music

and being in the kitchen.

She was born fearless

and is still not afraid to try something new.

She's a sister's best friend

and a Daddy's little girl.

My mini me

She can exasperate

and fill my heart to the point of overflowing.

She is independent


and full of courage and self-discipline in a way I only wish I could be.

She has traveled the globe,

seen lands far and wide,

and knows that home is anywhere your people are.

She loves her friends,

fun shoes,



Today she leaves the teen years behind and celebrates her 20th birthday.

Happy Birthday Daughter2!

You, my sweet girl, have made my life fuller, scarier, richer...

you who feels so deeply
and who loves so completely.

Whose smile lights up the darkest days,

whose zest for life has given me more than a few gray hairs,

and whose love has filled every nook and cranny of my soul.

"Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you."
Psalm 37:4-5


  1. One of these days I hope I'll get to meet your sweet girls!

    Happy 20th, M! Have a wonderful day! Twenty was an incredible, amazing, emotional, life-changing year for me and I hope yours is also in all the best ways!

  2. A big Happy Birthday to your daughter. Too bad she's too young for my oldest son.

  3. Gorgeous girl and a fun tribute. I hope you all enjoy the celebration

  4. Happy Birthday to your daughter! What a great series of pictures!

  5. Hope she has a great birthday! pictures

  6. Excellent as always. She is our special girl. XOXO

  7. You always stir the tears! Happy Birthday to mom and baby girl.

  8. Cutest post for the cutest girl! Love you!

  9. Oh my goodness, Joyce! What a beautiful tribute to your daughter! I am moved to tears. Happy Birthday to her! Your family blesses me.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  10. Daughter2 is absolutely beautiful! I feel like I know her a little better because of the way you described her in pictures. She sounds like such a fun girl that anyone would be blessed to know. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

  11. Love all of the pictures! So incredibly sweet! You & your hubs did good! :D

  12. Great post Joyce! You've got two amazing girls.

  13. Awe the limbo year, not quite an adult but no longer a teen. Happy birthday!

  14. Oh my gosh, you made me cry. I am missing my baby girl today and this just reminded so much of her. She is very much like your daughter! Happy birthday to YOUR beautiful girl...mine will have her 19th birthday soon! Isn't it fun to look back at their lives? Thanks for coming by my blog, and that thumb surgery you mentioned sounds awful!!!!! Glad you are finally over it!
    Take care and come back for a visit!


  15. What a lovely post for your daughter's birthday. Every daughter should have a mother like you.

  16. What a beautiful tribute to Daughter #2! I think she's a keeper Mom! :)

  17. Sending birthday wishes to your daughter! You have two beautiful young ladies!

  18. Awesome Birthday Post!!! Hope she had a wonderful Birthday. She is a beauty inside and out.

  19. This was a lovely, lovely post, Joyce! What a beautiful tribute to your daughter on her 20th! Happy, happy birthday to her!! :-)