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It's Lindsey Appreciation Day!

Yes! That's right. Today is the day we adopted our little baby girl, sixteen years ago when she was a month and two days old. We call this day, as the title says, Lindsey Appreciation Day.

Lindsey is such a JOY and a blessing to our family! I plan to have Gabby take some professional photos of Lindsey sometime soon, but for now, these will have to do.

What a beautiful girl Lindsey is. So many parents talk about how horrible the teenage years are and were for their kids, and I have never experienced that with my sweet Lindsey. She is such a "good girl" and has the best attitude of almost any teen I know. She always looks at things from a positive perspective, and is rarely critical of others. She sets a very good example to me in many ways.

She is very fun to be around, and is very playful and sentimental. She loves music and has been in choir since the fourth grade. She is good at making little shrinky dink art pieces and is very tidy.

Her bedroom is usually very well kept and she likes to have the door open at night when she goes to bed, so she can have a little bit of light. She's a bit of a scaredy cat sometimes. She puts her birds Kiwi and Orlando to bed, by covering them up, then turns her fan on to stay cool. She is a nice helper around the house and is becoming a talented baker. She loves doing activities together as a family, and she's always up for doing scripture study, Family Home Evening, and having family prayer together.

Her brother idolizes his big sister. He also likes to torment her and tease her.

Tonight, we are going to take Lindsey out to dinner at her favorite restaurant, Mesa Rosa. She always orders the same thing, Cheese Enchiladas with chili con carne and the Rosa Dip, and a glass of ice water.

Last year, I blogged about the day we got the news that we'd be parents for the first time, one week after our five year anniversary. You can read this post if you'd like.

Lindsey is becoming one of my best friends as she gets older. I love my daughter to pieces.


ninnies said…
hey mom! Thanks for the cute post about me. It's really sweet, and I'm glad to have you for a mom. Love you! :D
I read your post from last year and I was crying before I got to the second line!!! What an amazing experience for you.
I had a similar phone-call-at-work experience when my IVF nurse-coordinator called to tell me my blood test was positive for pregnancy. There are just some moments in life you will never, ever forget.
P.S. I would love to do pictures of Lindsey as soon as I'm back on my feet, so to speak. Hopefully in a week or two after the steroid treatment.
Chris and Mandi said…
What a darling tribute to beautiful Lindsey. I too think she is a sweet girl. But there is nothing like a mother's love. She is very lucky to have you Kelly, and you are very lucky too!
Mike and Kim said…
I have loved working with Lindsey in the Young Women program. She is always willing to help with a smile, and is a great friend to everyone. She befriends all those around her. I appreciate her too. I hope you have a great day.
She's also a great babysitter. Even though she never really had to play with Tyson, she was always willing to come over and sit while he slept. She always has a smile on her face. She's a great example!
Julie V. said…
Tom came into the room as I read this one. He really liked it and thought it was neat you did L.A.D. He didn't know you did that.
Robin said…
Thank you for sharing such beautiful a story in your blog. I really don't know Lindsey, but she sounds like an incredible young lady who was definitely meant to be a part of your family. You are truly a match made in heaven.
Julie said…
What an awesome tradition and wonderful way to celebrate your special bond and love as a family!
Lonna said…
I think that this is such a great and special treat for you and your family. To remember and celebrate such a giant blessing. I wish that I had such great ideas. You are truly a great mother.

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