Happiest birthday to our darling gal, Laney Lou. Lover of birds, music, boat rides and her brothers’ tears.
You remind us to slow down and revel in the beauty and simplicity of the ordinary. To treasure what most take for granted.
You teach us patience and perseverance. That every day is anew and can be met with singularity.
You remind us that we do for others because we love. That love is action.
You teach us to see those who are often overlooked. To pour into others, who cannot pour into themselves.
You show us how to live with joy through suffering. That physical circumstances do not have to dictate our attitude or our outlook.
You have taught us to see the world differently. To recognize its brokenness, to grieve the injustices, but to always seek out the redemption.
You show us the incalculable power of human communication. That our connection is far more than just words.
You make us laugh. You make us smile. You make us cry. You make our hearts bigger, stronger, more refined.
We see God in you and through you.
You are a brilliant, beautiful light. You are His light. You are Our Shining Light.
Happy Birthday Elena. Oh, how you are loved.