Wednesday, May 16, 2012

happy birthday, turtle.


if you've ever had a pet turtle, you know that they grow. you just keep feeding them and give them plenty of sunshine and take them on slow walks. then, like a chia pet, they grow right before your eyes.

today penelope, you turn 1.

dear penelope,

you have started scowling and frowning at people. you don't like new people. it's really cute and also pretty snobby. so we'll need to work on your hiding your true feelings a little better in the name of politeness. just kidding...you are outspoken like your mother. but i have a feeling you're just going to wear your emotions on your face, like your aunt audrey and aunt maggie. this will make for some social awkwardness later on.

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you walk. you jog sometimes. you climb stairs now. i left you downstairs and then there you were in the upstairs bathroom with me 5 minutes later. oh, you can climb stairs! 


put a gate up, player! you pretend said with a side smile.

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you have 3 teeth.
you eat most everything.
including legos and ants. if you can catch them.

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your hair is curly like your daddy's. dream come true!
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your words are bye bye, no!, uh-oh, mama, dada and other various unrecognizable gruntings.


i love watching you love your daddy. you can find him in a room wherever we are. and now that you can walk-run, when daddy walks in the door...you make a bee-line.

daaa!

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your siblings adore you. well lila annoys you a lot but also makes you laugh really hard. i have a feeling this will be a pattern. you and lila have yell fights in the back of the car yelling NO! back and forth. it's pretty incredible to listen to. NOT.

layne takes great care of you. he is always trying to carry you places but i stop him when i see this happening as i want you to stay alive. every morning layne says, good morning P!

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and i am a little obsessed with you. sometimes i stare at you and study your face and your curls.
i can't wait to tell you one day about how God has brought you into our lives as a tangible reminder of redemption and God's faithfulness. you bring so much joy into this house.

happy birthday, turtle bird.

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Jesus,
please let penelope know the Gospel in a tangible way. let her hearts desire be to please you. i pray that you would give penelope wisdom beyond her years and that you would keep her from rebellion against you. give her a sensitive heart to others that are hurting. and let her find freedom in obedience in your ways.
amen

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22 comments:

  1. I cannot think of a more perfect prayer for your children..."and let her find freedom in obedience in your ways". Happy Birthday To your sweet daughter!

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  2. I can't believe she's already 1! Happy Birthday little lovie! Such a beauty. And your prayer for her...PERFECT! And amen!

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  3. Oh dear. ONE. I can't believe she's running and climbing. I'm going to try to be the first commenter who says: "TIME FOR ANOTHER ONE!"

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  4. yeah, she's awesome. And totally true. she didn't love me the last time I saw her.

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  5. so cute. happy birthday, p!

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  6. Love! Happy Birthday, dear Penelope!

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  7. A year old already? I feel like your pregnant posts were just last week. What a sweet little one you have on your hands. The prayer at the end was beautiful.

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  8. She is so sweet! Great time to have a b-day. Mine was yesterday.

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  9. I don't even know you in real life & this made me tear up. It might be because I started reading your blog before P was even born & now she's 1..the thought of my little girl turning 1 makes me want to FREAK OUT!
    Happy birthday to your little babe!

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  10. Loved this Jamie. Such a precious prayer for your little. Happy birthday turtle!

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  11. one?!?! that was so fast.
    Happy Birthday Penelope!!!

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  12. Happy birthday, sweetest girl. Thank you for letting us spy on your life even though, let's be honest - you have no choice. xoxOxXo.

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  13. Happy Birthday Turtle Baby!! What a precious little turtle. I would find out stat who taught her to climb stairs. Not cool.

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  14. Wow I can't believe she is already 1!!! My how time flies when you're having fun. :)

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  15. Wow - happy birthday P! Quick year eh?

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  16. "Freedom in obedience in your ways." What a beautiful prayer for your beautiful baby!

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  17. Many happy returns of the day!
    She's so darn cute--what a great age--your post makes me a bit nostalgic for those times today.

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  18. can you pray that prayer for me too, please?

    oh pip. you're 1. tomorrow you'll be 30. sniff.

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  19. Read this to Penelope.

    I wouldn't define your mother as "outspoken". i guess in comparison to your aunts. Aunt Audge and Aunt Toni will really tell you what you want to know...about anything. Like, how a "tail" really isn't what you think it is.

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  20. beautiful. perfect in every way. (the post & your ridiculously precious penelope).

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  21. oh jami what a great prayer for your daughter. i love it. i am going to pray it for my kids too. thanks for sharing. love it. love getting to see glimpses of your story.

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