10-7-97, a day that will live in (our personal) infamy

IMG_5191

Our oldest–and first-born–daughter turned 17 today, which is amazing on so many levels. There’s the “I have a 17 year old daughter” level, which goes along with the “I can remember it like it was yesterday” level, followed closely by the “we must be doing the math wrong somehow” level. It’s hard to believe that we have lived for seventeen years with our Hannah-bug, when it feels like just yesterday we were finally, finally welcoming her into our arms after 42 weeks of pregnancy. It was exciting (in retrospect) to give birth in a foreign country, and led to lots of humorous stories (that weren’t funny at the time) about language barriers and cultural differences. Hannah was a fantastic baby from the beginning (except for the first night home from the hospital, when she cried literally almost all night). She slept well, are well, was so alert, smiled early and often, and was always a joy.

 

IMG_5192

 

And then she was two, then five, then ten, and she had five brothers and sisters behind her. By the time Chloe was born, she probably could have taken over for me in the house if she’d needed to do so.

IMG_5195

And now…seventeen. She’s bright, quick to take charge and speak her mind, passionate about what she loves, and fiercely loyal. I know mama’s are partial to their babies, but she’s also beautiful. Part of what adds to her beauty outside is her character inside.

IMG_5181

Who knows what this year will bring, or the next five, ten, or twenty years? My prayer is that she continues to grow in knowledge of the Lord, a passion to seek after the things He has for her, and a life full of walking in His will.

IMG_2895

And maybe get her driver’s license at some point, too….

 

IMG_5189

 

IMG_5196

 

IMG_5193

 

IMG_5194

Advertisements

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. doris ahrendt
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 07:17:31

    She’s a beautiful girl with a special personality! Way to go Hannah! Happy Birthday! Hope all the family is doing well. Aunt Doris

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: