Somehow, my "baby" has turned seventeen already!
The years have flown by,
from the time we brought our little preemie home from the hospital
through all the years in between
|8 years old|
|11 years old|
. . . and now, she is a young lady on the cusp of adulthood.
My mama-heart flutters a little when I realize that this time next year, all of my children will be adults and this chapter of my life will end. But mostly, I am so grateful that I have had the wonderful privilege and responsibility of raising this precious girl, walking alongside her, encouraging and being encouraged by her as we have grown in grace together!
On Sunday, we gathered to celebrate Bekah with a Sound of Music birthday party!
(We played the soundtrack during the party. Click ~here~ for a song!)
🎜 Raindrops on roses 🎝
🎜 Brown paper packages tied up with string 🎝
🎜 These are a few of my favorite things 🎝
"A Few of My Favorite Things" game:We named some of Bekah's favorite things (dark chocolate, Sherlock Holmes, high heels, etc.)
and each player stood near the appropriate sign.
|Sadly, Ryan had to work, but Paul was willing to participate in Wrapping Paper Antics.|
|Bekah with Mommom|
|The kids performed a skit for Bekah! :)|
|with Aunt Linda|
|with her sisters|
|with her nieces and nephews|
As I do every year, I reflect on the hard and beautiful story of Bekah's coming into this world and I am filled with gratitude. She was meant to be! Our God has a plan for her life!
For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.
Therefore I also have lent [her] to the LORD;
as long as [s]he lives [s]he shall be lent to the LORD.”
I Samuel 1:27,28
Bekah has turned into a lovely young woman. I've been following you for awhile and she's not a young girl anymore. Hard to believe she's 17 now.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful birthday party you had for her! Another great time with family.
Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady
Time flies . . . even in the blogging world! Thanks for sharing our journey with us!Delete
What a fun party for a beautiful young woman!ReplyDelete
It was a fun party, but I can't take credit for all of those party details. Bekah (aided by Pinterest!) planned and created. Kati and I were her assistants. :)Delete
Isn't it amazing how much our girls have grown up since we first met?!
How creative a party! How special the girl! Happiest of Belated Birthdays to her🎈ReplyDelete
As I told Deanna, the birthday girl was the creative force behind this party! Thank you for your sweet birthday greetings!Delete
happy happy birthday to your lovely daughter ♥ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sherry! ♥Delete
Well you should definitely win the award for the most imaginative birthday party theme...you put together a very unique party for Bekah and everything from the décor to the games is so very creative. I read the links about your ordeal before and after she was born...WOW...God is just SO GOOD! What a gorgeous young lady Bekah has become and I know you are so proud to be her mama...Happy Birthday to your "baby"!ReplyDelete
I am delighted to be Bekah's mom! God is SO good!Delete
As for the party, Bekah was the creative force behind this one, aided by Pinterest, of course. I think she did a great job!
You must all have loved the party, full of fun ideas, love and family. Happy Birthday!ReplyDelete
Yes, we did! We had a great time!Delete
And she grew up beautiful. She was just a little girl when I first found your blog. Time goes by so fast. And I see those "grands" are growing up also. Blessings and happy birthday to Bekah. Sharon D.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sharon D! It is amazing (and humbling) to me to think of the friends that I have made here over the years who read my thoughts and share my journey and care about my family!Delete
As I see from the comments above, Bekah planned this lovely party! Like mother, like daughter she did a lovely job! Well done and happy birthday to your lovely daughter! I really enjoyed seeing her pictures through the years. ♥ReplyDelete
Thanks for your (always) kind words, Martha Ellen!Delete
Wasn't she a doll baby? (I may be a little biased.) :)
Okay, maybe more than "a little." :)Delete
She will always be your precious doll baby, Cheryl! My Mama's heart hears your's, my friend. ♥Delete
I saw your blog on the sidebar of Coffee, Tea, Books, and Me, and since I love The Sound of Music, this post caught my eye. What a beautiful daughter! And how absolutely precious she was as a baby. A very happy birthday to her.ReplyDelete
That was a lovely celebration y'all had. Very creative!
Patti @ Ninety-Twelve Psalms Avenue
Thank you for stopping by today, Patti! I believe we have met before in Blogland, although it was quite a while back! I remember your love for old movies.Delete
Thank you, too, for your sweet comments, and I'll pass the birthday greetings along to Bekah.
Thank you, Regine!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday, Bekah! I hope your life unfolds beautifully this year - full of your favorite things, the favor of the Father, your family and friends. ♥ What a beautifully, creative party you planned, Cheryl!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the sweet birthday greetings, Rebecca! I will make sure that Bekah sees them. As for the party, most of the credit goes to the birthday girl who loves to party plan. She always helps me, but on her birthday, she is the one in charge! :)Delete
Cheryl, what a lovely family and sweet theme for a party! Love your "whiskers on kittens."ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jean! (I liked the kittens too!)Delete
I love the theme and everything about this post!!! Happy birthday to your sweet daughter.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Rosella! I will make sure that Bekah reads your greeting!Delete
Waiting to hear baby news from your corner. :)
Happy Birthday Becka!!! What a precious baby picture!! I had preemies too <3 !!! When you finally get them home...such an amazing gratitude for so so much!! Love your party and theme and as always the gatherings with your beautiful blessings!!! Inspires my heart to be sure!! ~tammyReplyDelete
Awwww . . . you had preemies! (More than one!) Indeed, you are SO grateful when they are "out of the woods"!Delete
Thanks for all of you kind words, Tammy!
A beautiful post for a beautiful girl! I feel like I've watched her grow up on your blog! And what a sweet idea for her birthday! Loved reading about and seeing it!ReplyDelete
Blog friends are real friends! I feel honored that you have been here long enough for Bekah to grow up!Delete
It was a fun party, mostly planned by the birthday girl herself. :)
I am way behind, but wishing your beautiful girl a very happy birthday. I LOVED the theme. Soo creative. Time goes soo fast. ENJOY every minute!ReplyDelete
Birthday greetings are never too late! Thank you!Delete
Indeed, time does go by so very fast . . .