In a few days we will celebrate the sixteenth birthday of our precious daughter Kaitlyn. It sounds "cliche", but I can hardly believe that my "baby" is going to be sixteen.
When we were expecting Kati, our older daughter Kristin was thirteen and our son Ryan was eleven. The reactions to our happy news ranged from delight to pity to consternation! "I'm glad it's you and not me" was a common remark, to which I responded (mentally, if not verbally), "So am I!"
And what a blessing Kati has been!
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:11
Our Kati was such a pleasant, happy baby. She grew into a sweet child with a gentle and generous spirit. Now she has blossomed into a young woman on the brink of adulthood whose many talents are being revealed to me daily.
Kati reads voraciously, loves to bake, dabbles in photography, watches birds, memorizes poetry almost effortlessly, enjoys decorating her room.
She is a tremendous help around the house. She sees what needs doing...and does it! (And helps keep me on track too!)
She is orderly and sensible. Quiet, but a deep thinker.
Kati is a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter, and aunt.
And she loves the Lord.
As I rocked Kati to sleep when she was a baby, one of my favorite songs to sing to her was "You Are My Sunshine."
Kati, you're still my sunshine! And I thank God for bringing you into our home, our lives, our hearts! May your "sweet sixteen" year be filled with blessings as you continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Happy Birthday, Kati!