August 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Näna!

Today is Brianna's sweet sixteen Birthday!  We are so blessed to have her as part of our family.  For those who aren't familiar with our family birthday tradition, we each honor the birthday person with a blessing we have seen in their life the previous year and share a promise we claim for them from the scriptures for the new year.

For the birthday of my dear sister
We made a list of things we wish her.
One praise for each of sixteen years,
Compiled of parents and of peers.

1."Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9 .
2. "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time."  Colossians 4:5
August 17, 2004

3.  She is fun.  I like doing stuff with her like playing Narnia.  

4.  She  helps me into the cherry tree.  

5.  She plays Jonathan Park.  

6.  She helped put the new floor in my room.  

7.  She painted our room.  

8. She teaches us Spanish.  
With Cousin Brandon August 17, 2006

9.  She babysits us.

10.  Your culinary skills have vastly improved.  Thank you, Martha Stewart.
August 17, 2008

11.  I hope you will learn to economize on dishes and counter space when cooking.

12.  I like how she bakes.  She bakes good stuff, like the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.
August 17, 2005

13.  ~Pa:  Praise you for your love of God, family and church.  Your dedication to each is a deep source of pride to your father.

14.  My blessing for the next year of your life is that you savor each moment you have with your God, your family and your church.  I know life seems to go by so fast so enjoy and claim each moment.
Hunting for your gift August 17, 2007

15.  ~Mama:  One of my greatest blessings this past year was seeing you grow so much in your relationship with the Lord and seeing you demonstrate that to the world by your decision to be baptized and join the church.

16.  Proverbs 8:17 says, "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me."  May you never stop seeking Him and seeking a closer, richer fuller relationship with the one who first sought you.  Love  to my sweetness, Mama
Now, pop over to By the Way and share your praises and blessings with our precious girl!


  1. This is beautiful! I love the old pictures and comments/words of praise - what a neat way to commemorate today! Happy Birthday!

  2. Happy Happy Sweet Sixteen Brianna!!! Beautiful post for a beautiful girl!

  3. You guys are so sweet....teared me up. :) I am so blessed to have you guys for my family. Love you lots!

    ♥ Näna

  4. Happy birthday, Brianna! You're such a special blogging friend to me, and I thank the LORD for you. I hope you have an absolutely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day! ♥

    Love you!
    Elizabeth Rose

  5. Happy sweet sixteen to Brianna!!