Saturday, June 21, 2008

Belated Birthday Post

Posted by Mandy at 7:43 PM

I didn't forget, but I just got around to posting about my oldest baby turning 7 on the 17th! Oh my.. when did seven years go by, someone please tell me? How on earth have I been here for EVERYTHING and yet I feel like it all still passed me by?

This picture definitely doesn't do my beautiful girl justice, but it's the only one I have on the computer right now. This is her with her 89 year old great grandpa (clayton's grandfather) and of course that's Samuel with them.

Looking at her now just fills me up! Thinking back to when I found out she was coming, and remember the horrible things people said to me in response, just shows God's grace and love and greatness that she is the best kid I know. Who would have ever thought that two teenagers could have, and raise, such a great little girl? I often look at her when she sleeps and get a tear or two in my eyes thinking about how so many said I should abort her or put her up for adoption; like she wasn't a real person. I look at our family, the family that God put together through Madison's conception, and praise him that he has brought us where we are.
All statistics show that we should have failed. Clayton and I should be divorced, or miserably married, and Madison should be living with a grandparent and barely making it through school. Instead, she has been blessed with a mother and father that not only truly love each other, but are HAPPY together. She has been blessed with a soft heart and abundant love. She has been blessed with super smarts... the TOP reader in her class, and above average in all school subjects. She is a beautiful dancer, an up and coming artist, fantastic big sister, wonderful friend, lover of animals and nature, and a future environmentalist. I look at her and I can just see the things God is setting her up for already. The desires he's already putting into her heart to save animals, to care for people, and to worship him.... I just cannot thank God enough for all he has done for us and for my Madison. She is starting to talk about Jesus in a way much different than she ever has before. I can see her relationship with Him starting to develop.
In her short seven years she has done more for me than I could ever - ever- do for her. She made me a good wife, she made me a good mother, and she's made me a better person. I am forever thankful for that positive pregnancy test I took on October 19, 2000. From that moment until now, she has been my little miracle and my huge blessing. I love you Madison Leigh!


Maury on Saturday, 21 June, 2008 said...

Aww...that is SO SWEET! I am so glad to hear how great everything has worked out for yall. I don't know why people have to say such aweful things to someone, just b/c they didn't get preg the way they "approve" of. A baby is a blessing, no matter how they came about. And she is such a beautiful girl, with a smile that just lights up. You have every reason to be proud. And you are so right about how much your child has done for you.

peony on Sunday, 22 June, 2008 said...

Mandy, what a lovely post... I remember we met when we were pregnant to the kids who are seven year old now... even back as as teenager you were brave, full of question, but such a mature girl... I am so happy that I could "see" how you grew up along with your kid(s) and family...

Mandy on Sunday, 22 June, 2008 said...

Oh I'm so glad you stopped by and commented!! Do you have a blog? When I tried to click on your name it kept giving me error pages. :P

Thank you both for your sweet words!

Sun-Kissed Savages on Sunday, 22 June, 2008 said...

She is beautiful, and that picture is just lovely!!

We are also beating the odds...teenage marriage and all the "wrong moves" in life for awhile, but 4 children and 11 years later, we're going stronger than ever. :-) Nothing is impossible with God.

I love that verse that says "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
You are a great example of this verse!

Jennifer on Sunday, 22 June, 2008 said...

Very good post Mandy! She is such a sweet and smart(and beautiful) girl. It doesn't matter that you and Clayton were young. You two are some of the best parents I've ever seen! And I thought that from the first day I came to your house with Keitha! Keep up the great work!!

Lee Ann on Monday, 23 June, 2008 said...

Happy belated birthday Madison! I enoyed having you in my class at VBS this weekend. You are beautiful, smart, sweet and you were a blessing to me! I hope that you had as much fun as I did. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Mrs. Lee Ann

Isis on Thursday, 26 June, 2008 said...

Peony (and H3Dakota) showed me the way...
This is a very beautiful post. You are one of the most devoted and instinctively intelligent moms I know... and I should know ! (having been on the same parenting forum since we were pregnant). You are truly a great person, and to thank your kids for being who you are shows how big your heart is !


Isis on Thursday, 26 June, 2008 said...

PS-- You can get to Peony's blog by clicking "The crafty side of life" on mine or H3Dakota's. I don't know why her nickname gives an error page.

Oh and... we did the co-sleeping thing too for about 3 years and it didn't do any harm as far as I can tell. The books are daft, every kid has his/her own manual and only parents know what it says... LOL !

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