Friday, February 20, 2009

Sweet 16

When a child has a birthday,
it is such a bittersweet event.
It seems, though, that some
are just a bit more bittersweet than others.
Today is like that...
For 15 years, we've watched
as our child has faced and surpassed milestones.
We've witnessed physical changes, intellectual changes,
emotional changes, and, of course, spiritual changes.
All have been such blessings.

For 15 years, we've watched our little girl
gradually leaving childhood behind
as she makes her way toward adulthood.
She's almost there.

As I see the baby, the child-likeness,
in her face becoming more woman-like,
it does something to the heart...
saying good-bye to what you've known.

But in that good-bye, there is a sweet and dear welcoming.
And somewhere along the way,
you become more...
you reach an even deeper level of motherhood...
you grow as a "cheerleader" and prayer warrior...
you become a close confidant, an influence and counselor...
you become a lifelong friend.

Happy Birthday to my daughter, my friend.
More than a mother can express in words,
I love you, Ally.


Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

Happy 16th Birthday Ally!!!! Maybe I will have a birthday buddy for you today ;).

Ms. Amy :D

Sis. Julie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLY!! Sixteen is such a special birthday. I know your momma and daddy will make it special for you!! Love you and praying for you!!

Madeleine said...

Oh my, I am going to start crying all over again.

You are so right, its a beautiful thing, when a mom becomes a lifelong friend. It is gradual and perfect. Though not necessarily easy.

But it is good.

God bless your dear child, as HE has. May she always see HiS faithfulness, HIS love and HIS blessings in her life.

Happy Birthday sweet child.

Melody said...

Happy Birthday, Ally!

PlainJane said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLY!!! Turning 16 is so special! It's still my favorite number. Have a wonderful birthday week - we are just a year behind you here.

Lots of Love

Alesha said...

Happy Birthday, Ally!!!

Enjoy these years - the wise decisions you make will set the foundation for the rest of your life. At 42 yo, I am still reaping the benefits of wise decisions I made (with GOD and my parents' help) at age 16!

"Let no man despise thy youth..."

Love in HIM,
Mrs. Alesha

Mrs. Taft said...

Happy 16th birthday! God bless you :)

Kristine said...

Have a happy birthday Ally! God bless you as you grow in Him *Ü*

Mrs. C said...

Happy Sweet 16, Ally! :)

Nikki said...

Happy 16th Ally!! You truly are a beautiful young lady. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday
Happy 16th,and your so sweet
Love and Miss you Ally
Grandma Jeannie

MrsMelody said...

Happy Birthday Ally. I hope you enjoyed your day. You are such a blessing to your Mom.

Elizabeth said...

Very happy birthday Ally. I am truly blessed by your testimony and love for your Saviour.

*side note* I love the baby picture watermark thing. Very pretty!

michelle said...

What a precious post for such a wonderful, dear person! Happy birthday Ally!

Kristy... said...

Happy birthday to your sweet Daughter!


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