Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sixteen Candles

You know you have done something right when you ask your daughter, "How was it?" after her Sweet 16 b-day party and she replies: "Amazing!"

Yay!!! Thanks, Lord!

We had soooo much fun last night celebrating a very special girl's very special birthday. There were kids here from church, tutorials, music, and family friends who have been around all of her life. Plus grandparents! It was so much fun.

That is such a huge, milestone b-day. I can easily get a little misty-eyed over it. But God is growing her into such a beautiful woman, from the inside out. (I could go on and on, but I'm thinking, who will keep reading?)

This was the first of her parties since she was younger that her brothers got to hang around. We usually do the slumber party thing, and it's a gaggle of girls with lots of nail polish, chocolate, and chick flicks--her bros gladly vacate the premises for those! But this was very much a more grown-up kind of party with guys and girls. My boys had been working all week on getting a site for a bonfire together, cleaning up the yard, collecting chairs and benches, etc. That was so sweet of them, and the bonfire was one of the most special parts of Danya's b-day. The kids all went outside with a couple of guitars and sang praise and worship, that beautiful harmony of young voices combined with uncluttered hearts. You gotta love teenagers! I sure do.

Happy Birthday to my Sweet 16 daughter! I love you!

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