"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." Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Addie

Dear Addie,
Is it possible that you can be turning 14 today? Where has the time gone? I know you are in a hurry to grow up, but I would love to turn back the clock and keep you my little girl forever.
I am so amazed by the person you are growing up to be and you continue to make us so proud. You are a wonderful sister-

the little kids adore yo
u and respect you and you are so patient and helpful with them. You spent your whole day off of school making shrinky dinks and playing dress up with them. You aren't embarrassed to take them down the hallway at school (well, maybe you are, but you do it anyhow). You are amazingly patient with Noah and so understanding when he just doesn't handle life. You continue to try and help him with his homework even when he isn't being easy. I know it cant be easy having a brother with autism, yet you just deal with what God has given you. You are an amazing daughter- you are responsible beyond comprehension. You have our complete trust. You have opened your heart to Tom, and even though he isn't your "first" dad you never make him feel like he takes second place. I probably never say it enough, but your helpful spirit is so appreciated. You empty the trash and the dishwasher just to save me a little bit of time. You have a huge heart for others and no doubt will continue to do great things in your life. You are such a kind and loyal friend- noticed by everyone including your teachers and evidenced by the 10 girls sleeping over right now!!

You write letters- real letters, you know how to cook, you play violin beautifully, you can carry 50 lb feed sacks (and 40 pounds of naughty brothers), you muck out pig pens, cause it needs to get done, you protect me from snakes that your cat hauls home, you watch scary movies and are still able to sleep, you let your sister sleep in your bed, you never get tired of reading, and you always stick up for the underdog.

You have a wonderful heart for your animals- all of them (including your pig who is asleep in my garage AGAIN) and you are certainly not afraid to get dirty or have fun (this really impresses the littles). You are a wonderful creation of God and I thank him daily for making me your mom.
Happy Birthday. We all love you!!!


Rebecca said...

Oh man. That got me. Addie you are such a special young lady. I knew it the minute I met you. You are destined for great things girl. Happy birthday!
P.S. Good job getting Buzz in the garage AGAIN!!! :)

Gayle said...

Happy Birthday Addie! You are a sweet, sweet girl and such a blessing to your family.