She turns twenty-two today.
I’ve got a million things I could say about her. I could share funny stories or brag about how she lives her life with steadfastness and grace. I could talk about her accomplishments and servants heart. But I think one of her favorite quotes by Jim Elliot sums her up pretty well.
Wherever you are be all there.
You don’t live twenty-two years, however few that may be, without experiencing some kind of disappointment and heart ache. But she has chosen to find her place, to dwell wherever He has lead her…to be all there. Not looking back wishing for what might have been or starring off into wispy day dreams. And if she reaches a closed door then she moves a little slower until the path becomes more clear and then she goes forward with all that is in her, holding nothing back out of fear or uncertainty.
We decided sort of last minute to do birthday pictures yesterday afternoon. Of all things she wanted to go to Graffiti Bridge and leave a mark on it, her mark, if only for a short time. That quote seemed the perfect declaration as she heads into a new year full of more responsibilities and challenges as she starts the nursing program.
After we got started we realized choosing white as a back ground color was probably a mistake. (We’ve tucked that away for future reference.) We were still pretty happy with how it turned out and we gave an extra can of spray paint to a family visiting from Wisconsin so her birthday shenanigans became part of someone’s vacation story.
We enjoyed taking some more casual pictures wandering around Aragon Court.
We chased the sun a little.
We might have gotten a little silly too.
But the real fun came when we got out the balloons.
All of a sudden the breeze that everyone in Pensacola had been longing for all this hot humid day decided to show up.
There was nothing to do but roll with it.
The only thing left was to throw a little glitter and dance.
Happy birthday, sweet Sarah. You are a blessing and a joy.
~ Jim Elliot