Saturday, February 9, 2013

Happy Birthday to my Firstborn Daughter !

My daughter.  My friend.  My sister-in-Christ.  I never knew life would change so much.  I never knew one could love so deeply.  I felt your movements, I anticipated your arrival.  But I didn't know.  I couldn't know.  How very life changing motherhood would be.  How mothering would be like learning to "live with your heart outside your body".
Nine months of being changed.  Nine months to ponder.  To dream.  To imagine. To pray. Before I ever laid eyes on your tiny face or watched you breathe deeply your first breath, I was being changed.  Forever. Awareness of being given a great trust and the privilege of influencing a tiny eternal little soul can do that to a girl. There was a revival of my faith.  How, I wondered, can a mother pass on eternal truths, wisdom, compassion, mercy and hope if she doesn't sit at the feet of the Author of those truths?  Often.  What else does she have to *stand* on. Where else can she go for answers? Man's ideas change with the wind, but God is Truth and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He used your coming to remind me of those things. I desperately wanted to know my God and Savior better.  I wanted that for me.  I wanted that for this little person I was yet to meet.
I remember the first hours after your birth and how I tried to soak it all in.  Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. Now out of my womb and placed in my arms. Heartstrings tied tight. Overwhelming love.  Your father and I marveled at tiny toes, wisps of black hair and beautiful little eyes staring back at us.  The hour grew late but sleep wouldn't come.  We wanted to savor every moment. And we did.
Years have passed and you've grown and become a lovely woman. A very forgiving and gracious woman.  You know me.  You know my weaknesses. Yet you love me. Deeply. And the Lord continues to use you in my life.  Such a blessing to our family and others.  And as your brother said of you last evening, the most loyal person he's ever met. 
I can't adequately express to you how very grateful I am for your birth and your life.  And I've never seen a man any more affected by the birth of a child and children than was your father.  A man who married later in life than some and who'd begun to think he might never have the privilege of becoming a dad. I know you know how very much he loved you and how very thankful he was to the Lord for all He'd done in his life. And that definitely included the gift of children.
I thank you for the delightful day we spent together this week as we celebrated your birth.  The time savoring every sip of coffee, the beauty of the little shop, and the fun we had in carefully choosing marked down and edible surprises to take back to those at home. :)  The time we spent together in the Goodwill Stores and enjoying the beauty of the drive and of just being together.
I thank you for taking great pleasure in the simple things in life.  For showing gratefulness to a little sister who gifted you with a stray cat for your birthday.  A gift she knew you'd be thrilled to receive.  Thank you for the time you take to pour into her and into the lives of your other brothers and sisters.
Happy birthday sweet Tiffiny!

  My birthday prayer for you is that Jesus, the Bread of Life, will continue to bless you and nourish you spiritually as you look to Him in everything, pray, and read His word. You are a blessing, and you are loved much...........

Mother

20 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday from The White House. <3 you!!

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    1. Hope everyone is well at The White House. We MISS y'all!

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  2. This post is positively beautiful. Learning "to live with your heart outside of you", is the perfect way to sum up motherhood. How wonderfully stated! Happy Birthday to your daughter, and Happy Remembrance of her birth to you, mama. Blessings!

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    1. Patrice,

      Thank you so very very much for your sweet comment and Happy Birthday wishes to my daughter! I hope you have a very blessed day.:)

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  3. Happy, happy birthday, Tiffany! Such a sweet post.

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Blessings to you and yours.:)

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  4. Wow, beautiful! You two look like sisters!
    Two very pretty ladies. Happy Birthday Tiffany.....I always wanted a daughter or even a sister. The Lord saw my heart though and has given me three darling granddaughters..
    God bless you both and may the Lord continue to deepen the bond between you in the s to come.

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    1. Susan,

      Thanks so much! And how are your darling granddaughters? And how did your bread turn out?

      God bless you today...I always love hearing from you!

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  5. The Lord's blessing on Tiffiny as He continues to mold her into a vessel of servitude, grace and godliness reflecting His love for her. What a beautiful picture of the two of you together...two hearts forever bonded and sovereignly so. Your day together will be a treasured time to reflect upon, always bringing joy to you both. May this year mark a continued deepening of devotion to Christ and many opportunities to testify to His name.

    Blessings and Birthday Rejoicing to you both!

    In Christ,

    Jarnette

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    1. Jarnette,

      Thank you so very very much! Your sweet words always encourage.:)

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Love the name of your blog...blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you for your happy birthday wishes...blessings to everyone in the Smith family.:)

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  8. Happy Birthday, Tiffany!! May God bless you in the coming year!

    -Tricia Ann Lingo

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    1. Tricia Ann,

      Thank you! We enjoyed our recent visit and hope y'all are well.:)

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  9. Mrs. Lee,

    Your post about Tiffiny and Motherhood is so beautiful. Both of you are such a tremendous blessing and encouragement to my family and me. We were thrilled to be able to visit y'all last weekend. Thank you for your gracious hospitality!

    Lovingly,
    Mallory~

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    1. Mallory,

      Thank you.:) We're always encouraged when we visit with your family and we thank you all for taking the time to come. Have a very blessed day!

      Blessings,

      Mrs. Lee.

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  10. A belated Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!!
    What a wonderful blessing she is to you!!!
    Blessings
    Renata:)

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  11. My best and most heartfelt birthday wishes for daughter of yours.
    She's such a beautiful and cute girl.
    Hope she enjoyed her big day.

    Cheers and God Bless
    Marie

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