She calls me mommy

A week ago she turned 15. Tomorrow we will have a party to celebrate. She’s invited 30 people. 30 people. That’s how she rolls.

maddieMaddie at 14

This week as we were talking about the plans for the party she said, “Having many of the people I love at our house makes me really happy. I’m so excited.”

maddie at 2

We’re having a hot dog bar and cupcakes. No decorations. She’s good with that because for her it really is all about all those people—all 30 of them—at our house at the same time.

maddie at 9

Her happiness in contagious. If you know her, you know that.

maddie's 14th birthday

And her love. Well, it is fierce but gentle, deep and wide, and if she loves you, you know it as surely as you know your own name.

I want to be more like her when I grow up.

maddie

She’s a dreamer with her feet firmly planted on the Truth and a heart open wide to whatever God has planned.

maddie

She wants to open an ice-cream shop one day. But if that doesn’t work out she wants to be a storm chaser or a teacher.

maddie with bomaddie with dogmaddie-poolNever underestimate the far-reaching consequences of raising one small child to love the Lord.

maddie Happy Birthday, Sweet Maddie Grace. I’m glad you still call me “mommy”.

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