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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Birthday Girl

Today we celebrate another family birthday as we have one more child leaving the teenage years. You know how we do it. 

Here we go: 

Giovanni: "Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles and Happy Birthday! I don't want to tell her anymore. Just that!"

Anderson: "Ansley, I love you SOOO much! Happy Birthday! FISH FISH   ROCK ROCK  JELLYFISH ELECTRIC SHOCK SHOCK!! You are my best friend!  (By the way leni says "Eu mando um abraçaço de feliz aniversário."

Carys: "Ans i love you so much and i know that pretty soon i won't be able to see you anymore because you are going to get married pretty soon or at least have like 49 boyfriends and you won't even want to talk to me anymore but i still love you so much and i want you to have an awesome birthday and i cant wait to see you at bronwyn's wedding I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

Garrett: "Anssss you are 20?? wow.. Happy Bday!! I miss you so much! Keep on having fun at college, and keep on making the boys crazy with your awesomeness and beautifulness. I cant wait to see you at bronwyn's wedding!! We are gonna have so much fun! You are the best ever (thats all I can say..)!! I love you and miss you!! I hope you have a great day! adios"

B: "Hey Adwee!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! You are 20. Which is super old. And weird. I am so glad that you decided to come to ACU because now I get to see you so much! You are so sweet and goofy, and all of your friends think that you're the best thing ever. I'm so excited that you get to go to Ecuador this summer and see all of your little kids! That will be so much fun  I love you so much, and I hope you have an awesome day!!!!"

Stephen: "Ans, I feel like I have known you forever! It has been such a blessing to know you the past few years and I'm so glad you chose ACU!!! It has been really cool for me to be able to spend so much time with you and watch you have so much fun in college. I could not be more excited about having you as a sister. Thank you for being so fun and funny and caring. People are attracted to you because of the way you live your life. You teach me a lot. You are a huuugggee blessing in my life, and I love the relationship I already have with you. I love you! Have a happy TWO OH."

Mom: "Dear Ansley, I hope your day is really special.  I wish we could be there with  you, but I am so happy that you are at ACU and loving it.  I love our talks on the phone and I am so proud of who you are and what God is doing through you.  You have a million gifts and most importantly, you know how to use those gifts to bless other people.  I'm so glad you don't deny who you are anymore - wishing you were different - but just embrace all the specialness God has placed in YOU and are willing to share all that goodness with others. I can't wait til you get here this summer because I need some good laughs.  And we all know that no one makes me laugh like you do.  I love you!!!"

Me: "I can't believe 20 years has passed so fast! I've loved watching you grow up. I've loved watching you go from a little girl scared, full of doubts and lacking self confidence to a young woman who is adventurous and confident in the Lord. I love that you are learning to be confident in your own skin. You are learning to embrace the gifts that God has given you, and He's given you many gifts. I love your laugh. It's contagious (tied with Carys for my all time favorite). I love that people are just naturally drawn towards you because of your personality. God gave you that personality and His kingdom will grow through it. I love that you are learning to be fully plugged into the Spirit and to go where He tells you to go without question and without fear of changing plans when He tells you to do so. Keep living like that and you'll never be stuck in your faith walk. So many things I love about you but one thing I've left out, I love being your dad! Hope you have a great day and have lots of fun! Wish we could be there with you to celebrate!



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