Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Let's Celebrate Some More

In addition to a friends party we always celebrate birthdays with family. We just party for days!!

It was extra special this year because Anthony and Jenny were home for the weekend. I made chicken pie for dinner (Lauren's special request) with banana pudding for dessert (another one of her favorites). I neglected to get candles, thus the reason she only has four in her dessert. Oops! But she loved the banana pudding, and even though I love it as well, it was the first one I have ever made. Since then, I have already made it once more ~ who knew it was so easy!
She and Grandpa are always teasing each other about not sharing the
 banana pudding ~ he loves it as much as she does (the pudding and the teasing!)
We love it when Anthony and Jenny get to come home!
 This is the cutest hat ever!
 All smiles ~ American girl goodies!
 The boys were having their own fun! Andrew is watching from a distance, but it didn't take him long at all to join in on the fun.
Grammy and Grandpa with their favorite granddaughter!
Dear Lauren,
     It is such a joy to spend every day with you! You are such a fabulous young lady! You are so responsible and independent ~ you excel in school and soccer because you are dedicated and you give it everything you have. You are kind, caring, thoughtful, giving, and loving. You are honest and love what is right ~ your friends know that you are a true friend. You are also very funny ~ you have such a great sense of humor ~ you enjoy every day and always stay positive!
    You love the Lord and your family with all of your heart! You are happiest when the five of us are together ~ no matter where we are! You are so sweet and devoted to your brothers ~ you set such a wonderful example for them! You are very encouraging to them both, and they look up to you so much! I pray that you will always love one another the way you do now! You are all so precious together!
    You love soccer, and you are looking forward to trying out for volleyball in the fall. You love to sew, and you amaze us with your talent! You enjoy taking piano lessons, and you play beautifully ~ your teacher, Mrs. Hipp, absolutely loves you! You also love crafts of any kind, your American Girl dolls, reading (especially AG books and mysteries), and playing with your neighborhood friends (especially Wizard school!). You also love to have sleepovers! You are afraid of any kind of storm ~ so much so that we are not allowed to talk about them at all.
     Your Daddy and I feel blessed beyond measure that God has entrusted you to our care! We pray that you will grow in your faith and that you will always maintain your relationship with Him. We pray that you will always be confident in your faith and in who He created you to be! You are very special to Him and to us! We are so proud of you ~ we love you more than you could ever know!
Mommy and Daddy

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