Happy Birthday booboo (remember those days :) schmoo schmoo (sorry I couldn’t resist).
On this special day when we celebrate you I just want to write and tell you how much I love you. This is no surprise to you. I’ve been telling you daily for 5,840 days now but I still feel the need to tell you again.
When you were born you were amazing right from the start. And I mean from the first second anyone laid eyes on you. That red hair. I had no idea how unique it was until I had you. I grew up in a home with several red headed people. But from day 1 everyone around us has noticed your hair.
Your eyes…wow…they just pop, and you have the good style and personality to pull off really cool glasses to go with them.
You’ve got a contagious laugh and I have many, many memories of hearing you laugh uncontrollably that make me smile. And dance :)
And you have courage and personality to go with it.
Such a tender heart. It’s been hard to have a tender heart…easy to get hurt and then hard to know what to do with that hurt…but girlie…keep it tender anyway. God will help you deal with the hurts.
You are a wonderful daughter and sister and friend. All who know you are blessed because of you.
You’ve loved music from day 1. I can still picture you at age 2 sitting on the couch with your feet down between the cracks of the couch cushions rocking back and forth with headphones on listening to “Jesus is life”.
On this day I will give you some presents. We will celebrate with friends. Go out to eat at the steak house you like. Go watch a movie (Annie) and in general just have a good day celebrating you. We will go to a family christmas party and to our church service just because that’s what we do.
16 marks the start of the possibility of dating. You’ve never had a boyfriend so far. Which in this day and age seems strange I know. But I’m glad for you. Your dad was really big on you not dating till you were 16. We’ve kept that promise.
At this point though…more than anything we give you today I am wishing for you to be loved and cherished someday extravagantly well. I know it seems over the top right now. I know you see Dane and I kiss and cuddle and think we’re crazy…but Lydia, oh how I wish for you what I have some day. I don’t know a single woman on the planet who doesn’t want to be cherished and loved for who they are.
My prayer today is that wherever that young man is…he is learning well to hold doors, and help put on coats, and have manners, and to want to hold you close, to delight in your presence. I am praying that he loves God and can’t help himself from loving you. That through a dating/marriage relationship someday you will experience the very presence of God through love that is unconditional and beautiful.
I look forward to watching it all unfold. And I admit…Dane and I look forward to watching you kiss someone and smiling. Love is a beautiful thing.
Sweet 16…oh how things will change for you in the coming decade. Through every change and transition I will love you and you will always be mine. I believe in you and will come visit you no matter where you go or what you do (even South Korea!).
Happy Birthday girl.
Love Always and forever,
Mom, Dane and Lauren