Thursday, September 4, 2008

One Less Teenager in our Family....

When my first daughter was born she looked exactly like I would have expected; small, pink, delicate and bald.
In fact, at 7 lbs. 9 oz. she was on the bigger side of the babies born in my family.

So 19 months later when I delivered daughter #2 I was more than a little surprised by her appearance.

At 9 lbs. 9 oz. there was nothing small or delicate about her and she was far from bald!

My plan had been to name her "Lacey" but after seeing her the name didn't quite seem to fit. So my husband and I quickly came up with an alternative.....JESSICA.

We had intended to stick with her full name or call her Jess but by the time she could talk she called herself Jessie. And by the time she could spell she dropped the "e" to just Jessi. Now if we call her Jessica it is only because she is in trouble.

Looking back, choosing her own name was the perfect way to start her life. She is not one to fit a mold, she does things her way and most of the time is wildly successful! Sports, music, school, work, art, dance, church.....whatever she does she is dedicated, works hard and usually excells at it. I learned a long time ago that when she gets an idea in her head there is no talking her out of it.

As for the hair, she still has more than the rest of us combined.....

Have a Happy Birthday Jessi, I love you and I am very proud of you!


KCAimee said...

Despite her dark hair, Jessi looks a lot like you!

Runner Mom said...

Oh, she's just beautiful! Please tell Jessi "Happy Birthday!!" for me. Y'all enjoy celebrating her special day!

Love ya,

PS--I have found a Precepts Bible study class for the fall! I am so excited! I start in 2 weeks!!:)Still no ABC classes around here. I'll continue to keep my ears open.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Oh..Happy Birthday Jessi! You have one special Mamma!!

Laurie Ann said...

She's beautiful, and I pray she has a happy birthday. I love the way your love for your kids shows through your writing. Bless their hearts to have a wonderful Momma like you, Kelley!

Nicole said...

Jessi is so pretty, and I agree with others, she does look a lot like you! Happy Birthday to her!


Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Another bday...we have some close together as well. :)

Kristen said...

Happy Birthday Jessi!!!

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday Jessi.

I just found your blog and have spent some time reading a few older posts. I have enjoyed my time here and will definately add you to my favs list.
What a beautiful family you have.
Blessings, Cindy

Christina said...

Happy Birthday Jessi. What a nice story about her name. Wow what awesome hair. She sure is beautiful.

Rhonda said...

My oldest daughter's birthday was yesterday and she turned 19! It's fun having a 'young adult' in the house.

Bless your girl on her special day! And bless you as you reflect on becoming her Mama.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hi there Kelley!
Happy birthday to Jessi!
Celebrating with yall!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

She is seriously beautiful. Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Were you able to post this today without getting a lump in your throat or tears welling up in your eyes? She's beautiful! You have to wonder about some of those dance costumes though, huh?

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Jessi!:)

Kelley, you have such a beautiful family! And what I wouldn't do for that dark beautiful hair! I have always wished mine was dark like that. Sigh.:)

God Bless,

luvmy4sons said...

What a beautiful girl. Happy birthday to her. Time flies, does it not? Except when you are in a hospital bed as I so recently discovered! LOL!

Christy said...

Happy Birthday Jessi!!!