Thursday, January 05, 2017

Happy 14th Birthday, Mary Clare!

Monday was Mary Clare's 14th Birthday! We'd planned to ice skate for Steven's birthday, but decided to postpone that and ended up doing a combined ice skating outing for both of them with some friends on Monday. We all went to lunch at Berryhill and had cupcakes and presents at home that evening. The next day she had her one request, a special lunch with her sister and two girl friends at a hibachi grill! She got some fun gifts from family and friends...a suitcase, a camera charm from James Avery, a ballet calendar, some camera socks, a purse with lots of goodies, and new sunglasses.

14 candles!

Onion volcano

Attempting to catch a rice ball in her mouth!

I can't believe it's been 14 years since I was holding a newborn Mary Clare. I was joking at lunch, as rice fell on Peter's head in my Ergo carrier, about how I also dropped food on Mary Clare's newborn head in my sling, at one of her first outings to Luby's cafeteria! God has blessed us with six wonderful children, but Mary Clare will always have the honor and special memories of being our first. She's a kind, responsible, virtuous young woman, and we look forward to seeing the plans God has in store for her!

Happy Birthday, Mary Clare! We love you so much!

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