grace is a teenager now


This morning, I woke up thinking about my daughter Grace.  She turned thirteen today. 

However, Grace isn’t home and I can’t sing Happy Birthday to her.  Her room is empty and my heart aches today, missing her.  Guess where she is? 


She is in Jamaica, experiencing her first missions trip with a group of other people from our church.  They left yesterday morning and will be back next Saturday.  They had a lot of gospel-work/preaching/teaching/children’s activities planned but I heard this morning that the area they are visiting was hit hard by hurricane Sandy and they may be doing more “hands on” work than originally planned.  If you think of her, maybe you could pray for the team, that they would be safe and involved in lots of meaningful work.  I know it will be life changing for her.

Since she is not home on her birthday, I took a few pictures of some little things that remind me of sweet Grace.

I spent some time looking at her special Winnie the Pooh baby book.  Little Sarah saw Pooh’s picture and excitedly said, “SHAMPOO!” 

I can’t believe Grace was this tiny.  She was our smallest baby, born at 5 pounds and 13 ounces.


In her bedroom, I noticed that she found and framed this snapshot of her and Jacob, her oldest brother whom she admires and respects very much.  I look at this picture and smile at their baby faces.


When Grace goes to thrift stores and antique shops with me, she is always drawn to the little things; like this dog figurine, tiny basket, and sea shells.


And this bird.


I found this book on her bed.  This is one of her favorite authors.


She collects snow globes and yes, she has her own fiesta tea set (just like mama).



When we named her Grace, we hardly had any knowledge of what God’s grace meant to us in our lives.  Even now, thirteen years later, I wonder if I really grasp the boundless beauty of life with Christ.  But I do know this, every day I am thankful for HIS GRACE, and so glad we named our daughter after one of the most lovely spiritual gifts from God. 

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.”


 A daughter is a day brightener and a heart
— Author Unknown

0 thoughts on “grace is a teenager now

  1. The baby book, and baby photos are very precious. I am working on my little one’s baby book currently.  I know I will love looking back at it one day too.
    I will send up a prayer for Grace in Jamaica. My own church mission trip to Mexico as a teen was so impacting. Those little faces in that orphanage are forever imprinted on my memory. I think of those kids off-and-on even now as an adult.

  2. I am a day late, but Happy Birthday to Grace! I enjoyed hearing about her. All of your children are so special. 🙂 You are truly blessed.I will keep Grace in my prayers.Kara

  3. What a beautiful, beautiful post about your sweet Grace. I loved every bit of it. Happy belated birthday to her! She is the same age as my Natalie. 🙂  They grow up so fast, don’t they? (((hugs))) and prayers for her safety, strength, courage and God’s grace on her life.

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