March 9, 2013

Eleven

How did it happen?
How did my baby girl get to be this old?
Eleven ~ tell me it isn't true! 

The day began with balloons and a birthday breakfast.

It's a tradition in our home to put balloons on the 
child's bed while they are sleeping.
That way, on their birthday morning they wake up to them.
One balloon for each year old they are is placed...
up to a maximum of sixteen.  :) 


After breakfast, which consisted of bacon,

eggs, hash-browned potatoes, and Sugar Crisp ~
Monopoly was continued (it's an ongoing game that takes days to complete).



While the children were occupied,

I decorated the cake.
Emma's request ~ Angel Food Cake with frosting, 
heart sprinkles, and Princesses.



Emma still enjoys the *little girl* things.
She is not growing up too quickly.
For that, I am thankful.

We like to do something special together as a family
on each child's birthday.
Emma chose to ride bikes over to a 
nearby park and play tennis.


 We all joined in on the fun ~
Calvin and Emma in the photo above...
Daddy and Fraser in the photo below.



 Austin and Emma.



L to R ~ Fraser, Austin, Emma, and Calvin.




 The bikes of the parents ~
MANY miles have been logged on these *old* mountain bikes over the years.  :)



The Birthday Girl!

  

 Handmade cards are the best, don't you think?






Emma enjoys the arts of home.
She is learning to sew and bake and clean.
She even comforts those who feel sick.
For these things, I am thankful.

Most of all ~ she loves the LORD.
HE is her Saviour.
For this, I am overjoyed.

Sweet Emma ~
We all love you so very much.
We could not imagine life in our family without you.
God loaned you to us.  May He help us to give you back to Him.
May your heart be full of love for Him always.
And, may you follow Him all your days.
He is Faithful.  He alone is worthy.

All our Love,
Your Daddy and Mummy

XOXO




13 comments:

Nadine said...

Happy 11th Birthday to Emma!

Blessings,
Nadine

Patty said...

So, so sweet. Happy Birthday to Emma! How sweet it is to have family surround you. Blessings to all!

Sun Valley Homestead said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Emma.

Camille said...

Dear Nadine ~ Thank you, my friend! :)

Dear Patty ~ Yes, truly, family is a gift. Thank you, my friend, for your kind wishes to Emma. :)

Dear Connie ~ Thank you so much, friend! :)

With Love,
Camille

Make a Joyful Noise all ye Lands said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMMA!!!
YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE LOVE OF AN AMAZING FAMILY.
YOU ARE GROWING UP TO BE A BEAUTIFUL LADY ON THE INSIDE AND ON THE OUTSIDE. A JEWEL AND A TREASURE.

LOVE,
MRS. VIRGINIA

Heather said...

Happy Birthday, Emma!
I love how she's not growing up too quickly. Neither is my Molly, who will be 11 in May :)
That's a yummy cake, Camille... makes me want to reach in and take a lick!

Grandma Becky said...

Happy 11th Birthday, Emma! My how time flies indeed! Loved the cards, especially the last one....quite the drawing! Yummy cake as well. May God continue to bless Emma and all of you through each day. Hugs!

Sandy said...

Happy 11th Birthday, Emma!!
What a great day you had with your family. Those handmade cards were wonderful, weren't they? They had such a personal touch!
Dear Camille,
By the Grace of God, my little man is 7 months already! They are growing up so fast!!
Hugs to you my friend! :)
In Jesus' Love,
Sandy

Camille said...

Dear Virginia ~ What a sweet message to our Emma...thank you! May the LORD be praised in all things. :)

Dear Heather ~ I think your Molly and my Emma would be great friends...perhaps one day? Thank you for your kind words to our girl. :)

Dear Becky ~ Thank you for your lovely message to our Emma and for your kind words to our artist. May the LORD bless you and your family as well. :)

Dear Sandy ~ How lovely to hear from you my friend! Yes, indeed...the children do have a way of growing up waaaay too quickly!! We must get together soon...I need to check out your little man's haircut. :)

With love,
Camille

Cinnamon said...

What a sweet birthday and beautiful birthday girl. Loved her cake. Good job :-)

It is wonderful that she is so loved. A very special gift from God to be in such a family.

~Cinnamon

Camille said...

Dear Cinnamon ~ Thank you for your sweet words, my friend. The LORD is Good to us all, isn't HE? Blessings to you!

Love,
Camille

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

Oh, Emma and I would get along famously. I love angel food cake.

I can't stop smiling after reading her brother's cards for her. Wow. What a blessing sibling relationships can be.

Camille said...

Dear Heather ~ Angel Food Cake has been her pick for the last few years....it's a fun type of cake, I agree. :) And, yes...the boys do love their sister...it is a great blessing!! The LORD is so Good. :)

Love to you!
Camille