On Your 12th Birthday

A dozen years since that day in the hospital when our worlds changed forever.

These two tiny, precious babes came and made their ways straight to our hearts. Who ever could’ve believed the fragile, beautiful, terrifying, heart-molding, glorious days to come?

Oh, Alyssa Marie and Elliana Grace, how can it be that you are twelve already!?

baby girls

12th birthday

birthday girls

Half a dozen years ago you were the tenderhearted girls who peeked big, round, smiling eyes in at this mama who lay sick in bed pregnant with the littlest of your baby sisters.

Six years before that you were the babes in the NICU with all the wires and cords and preemie diapers that were still too big.

Six years from now you’ll be adults all ready to live out your dreams.

And I can barely breathe thinking of how fast the time is going.

But what I want you to know today – today – is that you are so very loved.

I’ve loved you from the moment you were wrapped in my womb; I’ve loved you something fierce and strong and beautiful for all our yesterdays; and that love will continue for all of our tomorrows.

But I don’t want you to miss how much I adore you today.

baby Alyssa

Alyssa's 12th birthday

baby Elliana

Elliana's 12th birthday

Alyssa, with your compassionate, helpful, caring personality, and the way you laugh, the way you bring joy, the way you show glimpses of God to those around you.

And Elliana, with your quiet, thoughtful, kind heart, and the way you serve, the way you work hard, and the way you surprise us with beauty from within.

And, yeah, some moments are hard. Emotions reign, words slash, and we’re all still learning how to live together through these awkward, scary, amazing days. But I love, love, love that today you are the girls that have grown to be my friends. You are the young ladies who stay up late watching Fixer Upper with me, the beauties that share my favorite coffee-ish drink, the precious ones that giggle with me over the quirkiness of the little ones and the daddy that we get to do life with, and the dear souls that lead me to the throne of God.

birthday girls and mama

Oh, I am so honored to be your mom. And I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than here – by your side as you grow and learn and love and change.

God is working something lovely.

It’s breathtaking.


Happy 12th Birthday Alyssa and Elliana!
You are so very loved!


  1. This is an absolutely beautiful post! Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Our son turned 11 in April and your heart felt words are similar to those that I feel towards him. He is a young man growing in the ways of the Lord, though the road has it’s bumps he is faithfully turning to Heavenly Father and his “Dad” and I are thankful. It is lovely to see that your two growing blessings celebrating their birthday here are doing the same. Have a wonderful day and continue growing in the ways of the Lord with them. *smile* (Like you have a choice, right?*big smile*) Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

    • I just stepped out of my “zone” and sent you a personal e-mail. Just wanted to let you know. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

  2. Kassie taylor says:

    Thank you for your share! I inspire to be like you- well like God would have me but you are a true inspiration. I’m a single mom of three- with a set of identical twins and I’m a new Christian so I’ve really enjoyed your blog and have learned tons