moments captured

Thirteen

oh my.  it’s official.  we now have the privilege of having two teenagers in the house!  good thing we like them a whole lot, huh?  🙂

i say all the time that time has a way of escaping me.  and as i look at these pictures, it’s true yet again…where did the time go?  i’m so thankful i made noel sit down for a second so i could capture this day and hour…when she doesn’t look like a little girl anymore…

there are so many things that i love about this middle child.  and i think that if i let the seasons and years pass, i would forget to pause and say them aloud.  so i think that’s what birthdays are all about…saying those things…

noel, i love that you bring so much laughter into this house with all your crazy antics…

that you’re super artsy and creative…

that you’ve got such a sensitive heart, but you can certainly beat any boy on any playing field!

i love that you want to make sure we all know how much we’re loved every night! {soooooo much!!} and that you wear your emotions on your sleeve…

that you’re not afraid to express what scares you, but even the fears you have you’re beginning to conquer…

i do love it when you’re playing your guitar and singing your heart out…{just makes me smile!} and that you love on your big ol’ dog…

never, ever forget that you’re beautiful, beautiful…and that jesus made you that way…down to each amazing freckle!

your dad & i both are just so proud of you…and really can’t believe how you’ve grown.  keep loving jesus, noel.  He’s for keeps…

and can i just say that i love that as soon as we were done taking the pictures, you raced up the stairs and changed into sweats and a t-shirt because you wanted to play manhunt?  and it didn’t matter to you that your friends were coming over…they’ve seen you in nice clothes before!  i think that’s why i love you so very much, noel…you’re YOU!  and you really do know who you are…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🙂

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