Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Moment I Saw You....

I wanted to hold you
And keep you warm on a cold, grey morn'.
The moment I held you I wanted to kiss you,
And welcome you here on the day you were born.
Today our oldest turned 12. I can remember the day she was born as if it were yesterday, it seems. I remember finding out about her and going through all of the "firsts." There are so many things I remember when thinking of Elisabeth Joy...
~ I remember that she was screaming before she had completely entered the world.
~ She cried for the first 12 weeks of her life!
~ One day all of the crying ceased, and she was the happiest baby I have ever had!!
~ She has always been very content.
~ She talked very early, and one of our favorite words was "flowsh" for "flowers."
~ She has always been a caring person, looking for ways to give to others.
~ Elisabeth is happy alone or in a crowd. She's very flexible.
~ Elisabeth loves to sing.
~ Elisabeth loves babies, and she's very good with them.
The list could go on and on. The fact is, our home would never be what it is today without her. She is always giving and doing for others. If she's not taking care of one of the babies, then she is probably cleaning somewhere or playing house with her little sisters, and enjoying it. She is kind to others. She has one of the prettiest smiles I have ever seen!
Elisabeth enters 7th grade this year, and, yes, her parents are a little bit (okay, a lot) frightened. Daddy is rearranging much of his schedule to be wherever she is. I love that. I love that my man has a strong desire to protect the innocence of our daughters and sons. I love that she loves him and wants him to protect her and willingly and cheerfully goes along with everything Daddy says. She loves him with all her heart.
Her birthday was today. I can't believe she is getting so big. We went back and forth for several years about whether or not to allow the girls to get their ears pierced. Daddy said it was okay once they turned twelve, so that was one of her birthday presents--along with about 20 new (used) books!!

Practicing the Piano this Morning

Getting ready to leave on a "date" with Daddy. Daddy took her to a nice restaurant tonight to show her how special she is. Then they went for a drive. When they came home, we had ice cream cake and opened presents.

A sailor dress we bought at Easter time, but she thankfully had forgotten about it!

Nothing birthday related, but these are some of my bleeding hearts in my garden today. I love them. They might be my favorite flower, but then again, I have so many favorite flowers! :)

Tyler sharing his snack with Budge.
I am so thankful that God allowed Elisabeth to be a part of our lives. She is truly a "Joy" to have around. She is one of the hardest-working, most willing servants I have ever known. God has truly blessed our home with her presence.


  1. Happy birthday to your daughter! Our oldest just turned 12 and is going into seventh grade, too. Where has the time gone? Also,your flowers pictures are lovely.

  2. Happy Birthday to Elisabeth! I can't believe she is twelve, where has the time gone? I remember seeing and holding her for the first time at grandma's house. 7th grade in the fall, phenomenal!

  3. Happy Birthday to Elisabeth! How precious were your words about her.
    What a treasure she must be! I enjoyed Budge's pic and flowers too.
    Have a wonderful week! lv-mrs.musser

  4. Amanda, I remember when Bro. Hyles announced Elisabeth's birth in church. He was so cute. The announcement read..."Weeping may endure for a night, but Elisabeth Joy cometh in the morning!" Then he said...Oh brother, Chad! I remember that everytime I see Elisabeth. I also remember Chad offering to pay me an extra 50 dollars if I could get her to walk when I babysat her on her first birthday:) Time sure does fly! Happy Birthday Elisabeth!


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