All the stories about teenaged girls ... I just haven't seen it. Not to say that she doesn't have her moments - but then so do I! She has a sweet heart and it really does come through in what she does. She often looks for ways to bless others and I love that!
Rebecca was born the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I remember one of my good friends then had a birthday around Thanksgiving too. She told me that as an adult that she loved having her birthday near Thanksgiving because she was always near family who celebrated with her. I loved that - and it was so much nicer than hearing how difficult it is to have a birthday in the mix of the holidays.
So, most years, Rebecca does celebrate her birthday pretty close to Thanksgiving. This year was no exception. It was the day after Thanksgiving. She picked what she wanted for breakfast - biscuits with sausage gravy AND orange juice! We all enjoyed it. (Well, not Eliana due to the gluten.)
Are you remembering back to when her birthday fell this year? The day after Thanksgiving. Yes, Black Friday. She wanted to go shopping on Black Friday. So we did. We actually started the night before. She knew of a particular item she wanted at the outlet mall and it opened at 10pm on Thur night. So, Rebecca, Christopher and I headed out. Did I mention that we had never been shopping before on Black Friday? We arrived at the mall shortly after it was opened and the parking lot was PACKED! Cars parked in every legal and illegal space imaginable. After
We decided to leave and go to Kohls which opened at midnight. Um, yes, it was very crazy there too. We shopped for awhile and then got in line. It wrapped around the building twice. After standing for awhile (20 min?), I went to ask if we could put things on hold. Yes! Just needed to be back before 1pm the following day in order to get the sale prices.
So the next day we headed back to Kohls. This time Christopher stayed home and my niece Keri joined us. The lines were MUCH shorter and easier to navigate. We had lunch at Chick-Fil-A.
Rebecca can be quiet in a group (or if you don't know her well), but she really blossoms when hanging out with young children. She loves playing with them and delights in the conversations that she has with them. She also blossoms on a stage! Rebecca loves to act and perform. She has an amazing capacity for memorizing and uses this well when she is in a play. I love watching her act and share her talents in this way.
Rebecca is creative and imaginative in so many ways. She loves to make things for others and brings great joy with her gifts. Rebecca is an excellent cook and especially enjoys baking. We all enjoy that too!
Rebecca loves to learn about God, but more importantly, she loves God! I'm excited to see her growing in her walk with God and pray that she would continue to fall more deeply in love with Him. One of her other birthday gifts was a new Bible. I have read through the New Testament praying for her as I read it and making some notes to her in the Bible. I hope to finish the Old Testament soon (but didn't want to wait any longer to give it to her).
Rebecca, I love your heart to serve and bless others. I love your sweet spirit and tender heart. I love you more than words can ever say. I'm so thankful you are my daughter. You have been a blessing to me for 16+ years now.
I love you!