To my beautiful daughters on your 13th birthday

I wanted to have this perfect letter written out to you – this concoction of love and inspiration and truth all mixed into one – words you would treasure for a lifetime. Yet, looking into your beautiful eyes and knowing your lovely hearts on this very first day of being teenagers, I’m at a loss.

The words seem stuck somewhere deep inside, for they’re far too much and yet no where near enough.


Alyssa is 13!

Elliana is 13!

Oh, sweet Alyssa Marie and Elliana Grace, do you know how much you are loved?

If I had to choose just one thing to tell you, this is what it would be: You have been, you are, and you will continue to be fiercely loved! Don’t ever forget.

Your amazing daddy and I have adored you from your first heartbeat, and that love has only grown as we’ve gotten to see the young ladies God is making you to be.

And the God that I see you drawing closer to? The one that is working in and through you in breathtaking ways? There is nothing that compares with His great love!

And this great love of His?

It’s this beautiful Story of redemption and grace, immense power and never-failing goodness.

Even when it doesn’t feel like it.

Even when siblings are bothersome, parents are far from perfect, you look in the mirror and wish you were someone else, and the world seems to be falling apart around you.

Keep holding tight to Him, dear ones.

And remember that you need Jesus and His glorious grace on the good days too.

You are loved the most all of the time – when your heart is ugly and when you’re doing all the incredible things that you do so well and every time in-between.

beautiful birthday girls

Alyssa's 13!

Elliana's 13!

Thank you for making this journey of being a mom such a precious one. Thank you for letting me see glimpses of God in the way you, Elliana, help this mama and love on little ones; and how you, Alyssa, graciously give and beautifully create. What a precious gift you are to us.

my birthday girls

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happy 13th birthday

Happy 13th birthday, Alyssa and Elliana!
We love you deeply.


  1. Happy birthday to your sweet girls!!

  2. Happy Birthday, girls! Welcome to life as a teen. We all can’t wait to get there, and we all want to be done before we’re halfway through. But God will teach you so much through these next seven years. May He bless you and keep you closer each day as you grow into the women He fashions you to be.

  3. Happy birthday to your beautiful girls!