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13 things I want you to know on your 13th Birthday

  I look forward to the day that you have your own children.  Because until you're a mother, there is no way for you to possibly know, just how deep the love that a mother has for a child really is.  It's a gift of a tiny glimpse into the love our heavenly Father has for us.  But I'll still do my best in the meantime, to show you that I love you...all the way to the moon and back.

2.  I'm not perfect.  You already knew that though. ; )  I will make mistakes.  So will you.  Forgiveness is hard, but it's everything.  Let's forgive each other when we make mistakes.

3.  You are Grace, in every sense of the meaning of that word.

4.  Be friendly to everyone, but choose your inner circle with the utmost of care.  Know the difference between casual friends and true friends.

5.  In Christ alone my hope is found, he is my hope, my strength, my song. ~ Stuart Towend and Keith Getty.

6.  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do.  Do it all for the glory of God.~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

7.  At this time in your life, you remind me of the sparkly reflections on moving water.  Sometimes I see the lady you are becoming- beautiful, wise, funny, kind...someone I would love to be friends with.  The next instant, I see you as a young girl- funny (always), sweet, vulnerable, and in need of a mother's guidance- even if that guidance means that you won't want to be my friend.  I pray for the wisdom to know when you need me to be the mother, and when you need me to start letting go and be the friend.

8.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. ~Psalm 37:4

9.  10% of conflicts are due to difference of opinion and 90% are due to wrong tone of voice. ~Vea Mariz

10.  Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. ~unknown

11.  Just going to church does not make you anymore of a Christian than standing in your garage makes you a car. ~G.K. Chesterton

12.  The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. ~Mark Twain

13.  Don't ever stop being you, because you are wonderful.  Thirteen years ago you made me a mother and changed my life in the most beautiful, joyous way.  I'm crazy about you kid.  Happy Birthday.

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Reader Comments (11)

Thirteen is an exciting time. Happy Birthday, Grace, from your Ohio friends.

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Darn you Dawn! Here I am crying my eyes out! Beautiful post, beautiful daughter, beautiful you. Happy Birthday to Grace too. ;)

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Beautiful Dawn. And happy birthday Grace.

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarcie

Awww...those are 13 great thoughts. Happy birthday to Grace. I can't believe she's a teenager now. :)

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

This is so beautiful, as beautiful as your dear daughter. Happy birthday to Grace! She is indeed growing up so well. A teenager! Wow. Congratulations, Mama.

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

What wonderful words!
Happy birthday, Grace! :)

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSybille

Love this. Happy birthday Grace!

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Thank you everyone. I will make sure she sees these sweet words that you left for her.

March 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

Have a fun birthday Miss. Papa and Rose love you. ;-)

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRick

That's beautiful, and SHE'S beautiful!! Happy Birthday!!

Blessed Grace - happy birthday. You are an amazing young woman.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

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