Friday, September 17, 2010

A Quarter Century in the Making

Our beautiful daughter is 25 today. I could go on and on about the labor and delivery, which was not much fun.

But it was SO worth it!

She started out itty bitty - only 5 pounds, 13 ounces - though she was full term. But it didn't take long for her to make a huge impact on our lives.

She is the firstborn of two firstborns. Though we had no idea what we were doing, she seemed to thrive.

And that smile ... It can still make us melt.

She dreamed dreams. And we dreamed right along with her.

She's the big sister...

And Daddy's little girl ...

no matter how old she is.

She runs the race of life with focus and vigor.

I learned this week that she really was listening when we told her, "Do what's right" and "Be the bigger person" and that made my heart swell with pride and thankfulness.

(Wedding photos by Gina from Gingerroot Studios, Wichita)

She's filled all our lives with LOVE.

And even though she's a quarter century old today, she's still our girl.

Happy Birthday, Jill!


  1. That last photo is priceless! And your dress, I might add is stunning! You have every right to be proud of Jill...wonderful young lady you've raised! :)

  2. There are not sufficient words for this fantastic blog!! Thanks for sharing the story and the photos!! Priceless!!!

  3. WOW!!! Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing..Happy Birthday Jill....

  4. What a milestone to celebrate, congratulations. I had to do a double-take...Maika had a dress exactly like that blue one with the pink ribon trim, along with the pink patent leather shoes!