This young lady is officially a teenager today! Thirteen years old arrived way too quickly, as I knew it would. I can still see her vividly jumping around in the mud puddles in Olympic National Park and playing wave attack with those contagious giggles in La Push, Washington.
I miss her adorable little underbite that the braces are turning quickly into a beautiful woman’s smile.
I adore her even more every day and am so proud to call her my daughter. She has a fierce heart for justice and the quickest wit of any kid I’ve met. Chris, Walden, and I always say life is just too boring and quiet when she is away. Her antics always keep us laughing.
Her trapdoor memory can spout off several seasons of Studio C at will, if we are without entertainment for a spell! Oh, and never forget, she is ferociously loyal to her brother, even though she likes to punch him occasionally.
She has so impressed me on this Around the World adventure with her strong tolerance for discomfort and ability to handle adversity with the best of them.
She is compassionate when it is important, always sticking up for the underdog.
Her healthy sense of competition and accomplishment pushes her up mountains and powers her through trails, definitely no longer needing mom to help her muster up the strength.
Who knows, she may be the one to hike the Appalachian Trail with her Daddy. I think she would be up for it anytime.
I am impressed with her artistic eye and technological savvy, and can only imagine what she might accomplish in the future for God’s kingdom. I already find myself deferring to her when it comes to these things.
She loves to create and can spend hours at the piano, sight reading just about anything if needed. I shake my head when people talk about having to make their kids practice their instrument; we have to make Ella stop. She loves to film little movies with friends and families – starting with American’s Funniest Home Videos when she much younger to more advanced shots now. I am begging Chris to make us a best of video from all her different clips.
Sometimes I imagine her filming for World Vision or International Justice Mission, making sure the world is not ignorant of those who need Christ’s people to intervene on their behalf. But then, I also think she must have opportunity to make people laugh as well!
Lord, help me be the Mom she needs and train her to grow ever more in Your likeness. Guard her heart and her mind; protect her soul, mind, and physical body from those who would try to harm them. May she have a long life in Your service.
Thank you dear friends for all for your help in celebrating her birthday overseas! She was so surprised and a little emotional for Ella 🙂 Your thoughts for her were so kind and we are so blessed to have you in our life! Wish so much we could beam you here to be with us for at least a few days!
I ask you to lift her up in prayer today and send you all of our love from the other side of the world!