cinco de mayo baby

This is a special post today in honor of my youngest daughter’s twenty-second birthday. Cover to Cover will be posted later today.

My precious Lindsay,

Twenty-two sure looks good on you. Your strength shines like the midday sun. You live life large, Lindsay, so brave and still so vulnerable and tender. I admire and am so proud of who you have become. You are so smart and determined. You dream big dreams, and I have no doubt you will reach every one. As Joan Baez sings, “May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung.”

God blessed your dad and me with one of the best gifts we have ever had the privilege of being entrusted to care for and nurture and witness in a life blossom like yours. Something about being a mom that one day I hope you get to experience. But until then, know it has been the greatest phenomenon of my life. You have made me a better person and live beyond selfish desires, to want more for you than I want my next breath.

If there is one metaphor for your life, it is the beautiful song always on your lips. You sang often of patriotism and opened so many sports events with your beautiful stand-alone voice. More than once, you made me cry out of sheer amazement. You are a song, Lindsay. You make people smile and want to sing with you through the ups and downs of life. You take the one with a broken wing and let them know they have a friend and help them fly again. You give so selflessly, laugh so freely, cry so purely, love so completely. I love these things about you.

Happy Birthday, my baby girl. As you approach a new year of your life, may you continue to bless others with that effervescent delight that makes you, beautiful you.

My love overflows for you,



10 thoughts on “cinco de mayo baby

  1. Oh, “Annie” – I’m so glad I visited. Happy 22nd dear Lindsay. You do know how to make a girl cry – between your tribue and THAT SONG! I’ve just blasted it…and it sings to my soul. Your sister & friend in Christ – Virginia

  2. What a beautiful sentiment for ones child. And what a beautiful girl she has grown to be. Hope her birthday was a happy one.
    Your Sister, Karen

  3. Blessings on you, mom, the one who labored to bring this beautiful young woman into the world. Lindsay, may God bless you as you make your way through life in your 22nd year. He has great plans for you and rejoices over you.

  4. What a beautiful tribute to your baby! I know she must feel the unconditional love you have for her. She is so blessed to have you as her mother! She is so precious. She is absolutely gorgeous on the outside and I’m sure she is even more beautiful on the inside! I have to tell you she looks a lot like you, but even more like her Daddy to me! 🙂

    Happy Birthday, Lyndsay! You need to meet my son, John one day!
    Love to your whole family tonight!
    Angie xoxo

  5. Annie:

    She’s beautiful. What a blessing loving, God-fearing children are — a priceless gift. Your words of a mother’s love are tender and sweet and the song was a perfect fit. Happy birthday to your Lindsay!


  6. Happy birthday to that beautiful daughter!! May God continue to bless her mightily this next year!!

    She’s beautiful and your love is oozing from the page!

    Hugs and blessings friend~

  7. Such sweet words to a daughter who has surely been a blessing to you. I’ll be lifting her up in prayer this day. Happy birthday, Lindsay!


  8. Your mother’s love is so compelling to me. So fresh. So gentle. So kind. And so loving for the song you have been given. You remember the day quite well and the hope that welled up in your soul that you would mark this girl for life and you have. She will never walk away from all your prayers over her. We read Psalm 20today and I weep as I pray that for your beautiful birthday girl! May God fulfill for Lindsay all the desires of her heart that are His Will.

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