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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

thank you God for this sister

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I just couldn't resist hijacking Autumn's blog today to get all of you to help me wish her a fabulous happy birthday...hopefully the most fabulous birthday evah!

Growing up 7.5 years apart...we weren't the closest of siblings...I was a bookworm - Autumn & Josh shared a room in the early years, which helped them form a closer bond. Over the years, our interests were different...Autumn loves all things fashion & hip - me...well, let's just say shopping at WalMart/Sam's/Target/etc doesn't make for the hippest of chics ;) I'm a math girl at heart...Autumn is not a big fan...our differences are many...yet these days, that seems to make us more complete.

In 2001, I left Clemson, got married and moved to Raleigh - Autumn moved in at Clemson...life rolled on. Then in January of 2006 - our family got lots of big news...our Nannie passed away...I found out I was pregnant...and Autumn found out she was pregnant a week later...and oh how those 2 pregnancies helped knit our souls together more than ever - we even had the same due date.

Thankfully, we delivered 3 days apart - just enough time for Mama to help Autumn & Lexapie get home from the hospital & settled in before I was induced the next morning...and those two precious babies have continued to knit our souls together. When I found out I was pregnant with Cameron - a part of my soul grieved that we wouldn't take that journey together again.

It has been so beautiful to watch Jesus work in Autumn's life - I am so thankful for this road we've traveled together...for the friends we've become & will continue to be...and can't wait to see what Jesus does next.

Happy, Happy 26th Birthday Autumn Lynn!

I thank Jesus for you - for the way you faithfully serve Jesus, for the way you are always so willing to watch my kiddos if Brad & I have homegroup or need a break...for your {much needed} fashion advice & direction...for the way you love Jesus & seek to point Alexa to Him...for your patience with me when I don't return emails in the most timely manner...for your willingness to make the tough decisions & work towards making your life be just what you want it to be. I know you have hopes and dreams that haven't yet been realized...I can't wait to look back in a year & see how much farther along that path you are. Know that you are loved & cherished & a most precious daughter of the King!

Happy Birthday & I love you!
your sister


Mimi said...

Yes, thank you God for this daughter of ours. Thank you for the beautiful young woman she has and is becoming, for the wonderful mother she is to her precious little Alexa, to the great Aunt she is to Walker, Cameron and Bailey, for the loving sister she is to Jodi and Josh, for the caring sister-in-law she is to Brad and Brenda and for the sweet daughter she is to Jimbo and me! Thank you God for your love for her and how you have showed it over and over this year in the love poured out on her by your people. It's hard to believe that 26 years ago we were holding her as a newborn little baby! How quickly time has passed. Love - Mama and Daddy!

The Dales said...

Aren't you the sweetest sister! Its so neat to see how that event could bring you two together! You both are great women!

Happy Birthday Aud! Hope you have a great evening with friends and family!

Josh said...

I remember the day that you and Mama came home from the hospital and little did I know how much you would affect my life. We're all so very proud of you and the woman you've become. I love you Stink.

Mrs. Mullen said...

Happy Birthday Aud :)
I love you much and hope you have a wonderful 26th year of life.
I don't know where I would be with out you as my bestfriend for all my life.

Aunt Cathy said...


It has been a joy to watch you grow and mature as a young woman, mom and Christian. Your enthusiasm for life is to be admired. May God continue to guide, direct and use you. Have a wonderful birthday!!!
Love, Aunt Cathy

Joni said...

Happy birthday Autumn! Jodi's wild little sister has become a beautiful young woman :) Take care! Joni

Autumn said...

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes...and a special thanks to my wonderful sister for writing this post! I am ever blessed to have the wonderful family and friends I do, and I definitely thank God for them daily! Love all of you!

MamaNana said...

I hope your birthday was wonderfully happy and that you'll have many more!

Meredith said...

I definitely just cried a little bit.

Happy birthday, Autumn!!!

mom said...

I hope that you have the happiest of birthdays!!! You deserve it. I will never forget the day that you and Lindsey met. Lindsey came home saying "dat girl is my bestest friend." I don't even think she knew your name at age 3 but she already chose you as her best friend. Don't ever lose touch with each other. Friendships are very special. I love you. AA