Dear Laycie,

It is crazy that I have only known you for 12 weeks. I still remember the first time I heard your voice when Jesse opened the front door for you. I remember it so well because I was standing at my kitchen sink, washing dishes, and saw you drive up my driveway for the first time. I was struck with fear that you would be unruly and hard to live with, and I started to pray. I said, “Lord please make me love her even if she is awful because you have put her in our lives and I want to love her well.” And then I heard your voice for the first time and immediately knew I would love you to pieces. You have stolen all the Griffith’s hearts. You are a gift to us, and we thank God everyday that you reached out to Selah Creek, and that He saw fit to put you in our home. To top it all off you aren’t even unruly or hard to live with!! With the exception of the fact that you don’t use a top sheet which I still don’t understand.

This is your birthday blog post. These have become a tradition around here. I will list 21 things I love about you. One thing for every year. Girl, there are so many things to love about you that the hard part is only listing 21! We have lived a lot of life in these 12 weeks. God has knitted us together. It has been my privilege to watch you walk though becoming a mother, navigate drama, and learn to trust the Lord with your heart ache and disappointment. Girl, God is going to use all these things to write a story that will blow you away.

So here you go sweet friend, 21 things I love about you.

1—I love your sense of humor. You are hilarious and make me laugh all the time.

2—I love how teachable you are.

3—I love your singing voice even though I have to start singing along to a song and then drop out so I can hear your voice. Let’s run away and try out for the Voice!

4—I love your style. You are so beautiful all the time!

5—I love how dedicated you are to Kohen.

6—I love your tenacity. I know I have really hurt your feelings because we have had to have really hard conversations but you stick with us. You have grit sister!

7—I love the dreams you have.

8—I love that you share my love of a clean counter top. Bless you sister, it is so nice to have someone living here that actually likes a clean kitchen.

9—I love the fact that you are so incredibly brilliant. You are so smart you can literally do anything you want to.

10—I love that you watch Texas Tech football with us. I suspect that it more out of love of us than an actual love of Tech…..maybe someday that will change. (wink wink)

11—I love that you have met so many new people in the last few weeks and you genuinely want to get to know them all.

12—I love that you are so sweet to my kids. Sydney looks up to you and Brock looks at you like an older sister he’s not sure he really wanted. They are better because they have you in their lives.

13—I love the mother you are. You are doing a really great job.

14—I love that you are starting to see God’s pursuit of you. From sermons, to people he brings to you, to old ladies sitting across from us at Olive Garden… God is pursuing you because He is even more crazy about you than I am.

15—I love how you literally poured yourself out to help me get Sojourn House put together.

16—I love the noise you make when I come in and open your shutters in your room, declaring you need some sunshine. I know I will miss that noise someday. (UUUGGGGGHHHHH! WWHHHYYY???)

17—I love your boldness. I don’t even really know how to describe it. But its this boldness that allows you to see your way though a tough situation and stick to it and move forward despite being scared.

18—I love that you act way older than 21, but you also let me dote on you because you know that mothering is what I live for.

19—I love that you have no idea what the future holds for you right now but you are learning to trust God and you continue to put one foot in front of the other.

20—I love that you get all giddy over wedding photos of your friends. I love that the dream of a man that will love you the way Christ loves the church has not died in you. I love that you want to have that princess moment at your wedding. I pray for this for you everyday.

21—I love that you are part of my life. I actually can’t image life without you. There will never be a day where having you here is not totally worth it. YOU ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

Little Mama you are one of my favorite parts of everyday. I am so thankful you were born. I am so thankful you are turning 21! I am so thankful you reached out to Selah Creek. I am so thankful that at every crossroads you chose to stay here with us. You are doing the hard things, and you are not taking the easy way out. I understand that you are walking an uphill battle. I will never know how hard this is for you. One thing you can be sure of Laycie is that I will always be cheering for you. I will always pray for you. I will always say YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Love you to pieces, have the happiest of birthdays,

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