This Girl

This girl –

She turned 11 yesterday.

Kayla is 11!

It was a beautiful day celebrating this beautiful girl.

Her smiles and love and tender heart.

Her joy and fun and creativity.

The way she adores her friends, cares for animals, cherishes her family, and loves God.

She has this quiet strength, amazing perseverance, and glorious way of lighting up the room.

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my girl and me

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There are so many things I adore about this girl, but two have wrapped themselves so tightly around my heart that I can barely breathe when I think about them.

How she knocks on the door late at night to snuggle and giggle and talk of all the things going on in her heart.

And how God never ceases to use her to bring joy in the sorrow. Always. From the time she was a babe, as she saw the tears when no one else did – right up to her special day, when her birthday looked a whole lot different because of this mama’s doctors appointments. She just keeps bringing smiles in the grief.

Oh, I love this girl.

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Happy 11th Birthday, Kayla Ann!
You will always and forever be a glorious reminder that God is good – and brings joy to the hurting.
We love you deeply!

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