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Sweet 16: Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice!

I just had to share some pictures from Rachel's 16th birthday. It was a special, sentimental kind of day. Her daddy and I woke up early and patiently waited for the birthday princess to wake up. It reminded me of 16 years ago waiting for our princess to arrive.

We had a leisurely birthday breakfast and then Granny & Grandpa came over for a visit:

And they brought 16 beautiful ballons:

Nonnie, Poppie, Aunt Sissie, Uncle G, and the Cousins A's came to visit a few days earlier.

I'm sorry that I missed getting to snap some photos.

We made it a special birthday week celebration.

Daddy, the girls, and I had fun looking at old photo albums and baby books.

We laughed together and cried together too. It was a special day.

Here is daddy with his oldest daughter on her special 16th birthday:

And I had to jump in there too. A girl only turns 16 once!

Spider Sisters through and through...be still my heart!

(If you have daughters, you must get this book by John Trent)

After a delicious meal at the Olive Garden,

we enjoyed a special birthday cookie (Rachel's request):

Happy birthday, sweetheart!

I love it that you just wanted to have a family celebration this year instead of a big party.

We have been through a lot together in these few short months of 2009.

We treasure the gift that you are and the memories that we have been blessed to share. You are far more than sugar and spice and everything nice.

May God bless you with many, many more birthdays to come!


Beth in NC said...

Happy birthday Rachel! What sweet pics, and what a great idea to buy 16 balloons!

Loved the pictures!

The Real Me! said...

Oh I love it! Sweet 16 indeed! And I haven't had a chocolate chip cookie cake in forever! I LOVE those.
Big giant hugs.

Southern Comfort said...

Happy Birthday to you Rachel! The best birthdays are the one's spent with family. Cherish your grandparents, especially. I miss mine very much. May health and happiness fill your days.

ilovemy5kids said...

Did I mention how glad I am that you are back blogging???? You are like a breath of fresh air!!!

I have prayed so much for that girl, I'm rejoicing with you about her 16th! How precious!!!

The Lord is soooo faithful!!! Blessings to you this week!

bp said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures! It looks like a fun day/week full of special memories together! Hope this is a WONDERFUL year for Rachel and all of you.


Michele Williams said...

Happy Birthday again to Rachel... You have a beautiful family! I'm so glad you all had wonderful memorable time! I love that cookie! MMMMMM I feel like the Cookie Monster... give me that cookie!! LOL

Tracy said...

Precious photos! How wonderful that she chose to celebrate her birthday with the family this year. What awesome relationships you must have!

Sheryl said...

What sweet pictures of Rachel's 16th birthday! I love that she wanted to spend it with family.


sister sheri said...

Happy Birthday, Rachel! SWEEEET 16!