Happy 24th Birthday Caryn

Today I thank God for my precious, beautiful daughter Caryn, who is now twenty-four.

Where was I when I turned 24? Spiritually your dad and I had just accepted Christ four month prior to me turning 24.  Your dad and I would have been celebrating two years of marriage and I had no desire to have children yet as God had a lot of cleaning up to do in my life ;-) We were living in an apartment in Arlington, VA off Columbia Pike Rd and in the process of buying our first home in Clifton, VA. Dad was working at Trident and I was employed at TRW.

This is you just a few hours old. There is nothing like meeting and holding your child for the first time especially your first child.

This is you at your first birthday party. When it came time to blow out your candle you grabbed a handful of cake. Your look says, “I didn’t do it.”

You are 4 and smiling big back then

Still 4 but a month later. Remember why you have such short hair? You decided during nap time to cut your hair, clothes in the closet, the curtains and bedding. This happened the day before Mother’s Day.

You and your sweet friends celebrating your birthday this weekend. As a mom I am so thankful Caryn has a community that loves her well and I am so happy they threw her a surprise birthday celebration as she is such a giver.

My tall and beautiful daughter.

The artistic side of Caryn the photographer. Not only does she love to smile but she enjoys making others smile :-)

Caryn. the red head? Why not, both grandmothers have red hair. Yes, she pulls it off with confidence and beauty.

 

Caryn, may you alway have…

Love in your life and be known as one who loves others well. Thanks for teaching me what love looks like. 1Corinthians 13

Peace that comes from within for your life belongs to Him.  Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  

Faith to encourage and inspire you; to comfort and heal your hurts. Faith to follow Him, where He leads you with complete trust and obedience. Colossians 1:23 continue in your faith, be established and firm, not moved from your hope in the gospel.

Laughter to bring you happiness and joy.

Beauty to fill your eyes with all that He has created and that you see through the “lens” of your camera.

Confidence to do all the things that you desire.

Perseverance to follow your calling in life keeping your eyes on Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Friendships that are lasting and true. May you have friends that build you up and make you a better you.

Memories that you can reflect on and smile about. Memories that warm your heart and bring you comfort.  Memories of being our daughter and times we have shared together.  Memories of God’s goodness and abundant blessings in your life, knowing you have been cherished and loved by many especially your dad and I.  We are so proud of you. Wishing your 24th year to be full of love and joy.