Sweet 16!

Our Emily turned 16 last month and it certainly was a sweet time. Lots has been happening for her and I’ve wanted to take some time since then to blog about some of it and share this mother’s heart.

To start with, she began attending driving school!


She goes to class 3 times a week and then has an in-car lesson about every other week. She should be finished with her classroom time by the end of June (whew!) and then it’s just getting her behind-the-wheel training and hours in. She should have her license in time to take herself Christmas shopping this year! We’ve done a lot of laughing and she has a good sense of humor about all the ribbing people have given her.

At the DMV getting her permit:


We celebrated her birthday with a family dinner first. Jan’s mom and sister came and a friend of the family joined us. John owns a really sweet car and boy did we have some fun taking some photos in it.


Emily wanted fajitas for dinner and jello parfaits for dessert. It was a delicious feast and Aunt Gail made the whole cooking process so . . . um . . . memorable. (LOL)


While we were digesting dinner, Aunt Gail challenged Emily to eat a pepper. She promised her $20 if she could eat all of it. (Of course, it was John’s $20!)  Emily accepted:


Wow! I was so proud of her! Ha ha . . . she said it wasn’t “that hot” (notice the watery eyes!), but that she couldn’t feel her tongue. Wow!

We then rewarded all of us with some yummy summer parfaits!













Then it was present time! The kids bless me as I have watched them give to each other over the years, and they truly have a grateful attitude. It makes “present time” enjoyable for all of us!



Then the next weekend, Emily had a bunch of friends over for a party. Annie and Jonathan were so excited for the festivities to begin!


I have always been so proud of the friends that our children have chosen to hang around and I truly enjoy watching them all have fun and enjoy each other.


They went all over the neighborhood on a photo scavenger hunt . . . taking pictures of certain things on a list they were given.



We served pasta and bread and salad for dinner.


Emily, we are very proud of the young lady that you are becoming. God has gifted you with a lot of wonderful friends and some really great opportunities over the years. You have been given some talents and strengths that we are glad to see you using and seeking to develop and we pray that you will continue to search for ways to use them to serve the LORD and those around you. May you continue to grow in the knowledge of Him and may that knowledge be a sweet aroma to all you come in contact with.

We love you, Emily!

Happy 16th birthday!



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