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Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy 16th Birthday, Lauren!

Today we are celebrating something that seems like it shouldn't even be happening - our oldest child's 16th birthday.  It's really amazing to think that Lauren is 16 years old!  She's growing up so fast.
We celebrated Thursday night with a friends and family party.  She requested finger foods, such as Mini Calzones, Potato Skins, Pizza Cups, Hawaiian Roll Sandwiches, and chips with Queso.  All of the recipes are on our family recipe blog, if you're interest.  Just type in the name of the food in the search to the right on the home page. (Sorry, I'm too tired to link them all :).  I had so much food, but at the end of the party there was only ONE calzone left and some of the queso.  I told the boys they couldn't leave until it was gone - no left overs.  They believed me and I was thankful.
Lauren's cake was so cute and so good!  It's from June's Tasty Treats in Altus.
This picture is of all of the kids/teens at the party.  They had a great time laughing and playing outside.  We enjoy having company so especially enjoy the big birthday celebrations for each of our children.  

I have mixed emotions about Lauren turning 16.  I'm sad that she is almost grown and will be going off to college before too long, but I'm excited about her getting to drive (so she can run errands for me!) and it's exciting to see every new chapter of her life.  

God blessed us 16 years ago with a beautiful baby girl.  I'm thankful that He did.  He gave us someone very special.

Dear Lauren,

Happy 16th Birthday!  We love you very much and always will.  We will always be here for you. Always remember that you're our favorite daughter.  Our family wouldn't be the same without you.  You make us laugh and you make life fun.

We're proud of you and thankful for you. You are a great Christian example to all who know you, and for that, we thank you.  You're an encourager and are always willing to help others.  

You're a great big sister to your three brothers, too! They look up to you and they always will, even though they sometimes get tired of your "mothering" them.   

Continue to serve God and follow Jesus in all you do.  Choose your mate wisely. Use your talents to glorify Him.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Keep His Word on your heart always.  Be a servant to others.

Mom and Dad
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