Friday, October 12, 2012

Celebrating Kelsey Hope!

Then & Now
My sweet Kelsey Hope.
My sweet girl this is your 18th birthday. You are so special to me and dad. You have always brought joy to our lives through your smile. Look at that smile!!! You have always loved your birthday so, so much and truth be told so have I! You make Birthdays fun!
You amaze me with your capacity to love little kids the way you do. Your heart is made for loving. I know that very well. You have a tenderness within you that many people do not have. TREASURE THAT! Protect that as well. Be wise with whom you give your heart. Wait for your prince. Don't settle for any less. Never settle for anyone who does not provide for you and love you like your Dad does. 
You are precious Kelsey Hope and even though we can't really cuddle like we used to anymore cuz that would just be weird. I can still wrap my arms around you and hug you like I never want to let go.
But 18 is upon us and so is the letting go part. I don't like it at all. You are our last baby to grow and go and I want you to know I am proud of you.
Proud of the good decisions that you have made. I am even proud of you for the bad decisions because you learned from them and they have made you the woman of God that you are today.
Always remember that  Mistakes are part of our journey. Lord knows I have made a few. But God allows it and also uses it for our ultimate good. Romans 8:28 says it best: And we all know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
YOU HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN CALLED TO HIS PURPOSE so we know he works all things for good in you!! 
You are dear to our hearts Kelsey Hope and I treasure you. You are beautiful, smart, tender, loving, Kind, helpful, athletic, fun and precious to your dad and I. 
Happy Birthday my beautiful girl. Live in the fullness of His grace and everyday will be a happy one!!!
Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future.  Then you will call on me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart I will be found by you!

Seek him always and you will be blessed. We love you with our whole hearts Kels.

Mom and Dad

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