Twelve Thoughts for our Twelve Year Old


How we ever got such beautiful girls, I’ll never know.  I think God x’ed out all the bad traits that Rob and I have and left all three girls with the best.  Maddie is 12 today.  I remember being 12 like it was yesterday.  When I was 12, I met Rob for the first time.  My life-long pet Akita Shojo died.  I had a teacher that strongly resembled a witch in every scary way.  I liked the Smurfs and started liking boys.  I loved Jesus and loved my family. 

I’m reflecting on Maddie’s life today.  Rob and I are so proud to be her parents.  Here are twelve amazing things about Maddie that you might not know.

  1. Maddie has always been extremely intelligent.  For the first time this year, we see her actively perusing her education with passion. Refer back to what I said about liking the Smurfs at twelve. 
  2. She’s an avid reader.  She whips through books quicker than anyone I’ve seen.  This we do have in common.
  3. She loves fashion.  She is modest in the way she dresses by choice.  I love this about her.
  4. Maddie is a great big sister.  She cares very much about Belle and Whitney, and tries very hard to help them however and whenever she can.
  5. She’s a great daughter.  She rarely gets in trouble. 
  6. Maddie has a tremendous sense of humor.  I love to hear her laugh.
  7. She’s super mature for her age.  Maddie thinks about stuff most adults don’t.
  8. Maddie has a very unique world view considering her 3 trips to India. If she hears someone complaining about what they don’t have, it’s hard for her to get past that.
  9. She’s an introvert like me.  She loves people, but needs quiet to recharge.
  10. She is a loyal friend.
  11. Her future husband will need to have a side job to afford all the techy stuff she likes (cameras, iPods,computers, etc.)
  12. She has a strong leadership gift.  I can see her being a leader of leaders someday.

If you know Maddie, you probably love her.  Leave her a Birthday wish in the comments…She will love it!

photo by: brittani renee

12 thoughts on “Twelve Thoughts for our Twelve Year Old

  • October 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Happy birthday Maddie. You are amazing!

  • October 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Maddie! Hope your day is the greatest! Continue to make Good Choices. We love ya

    Amber Bowers
    GCC-Elkhart OutLoud!!!

  • October 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Maddie! Your Mimi loves you!!!!

  • October 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Maddie!
    Your papa is so very proud of you.
    And you know I love you very much,very very very much!

  • October 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Maddie 🙂 I hope Rachel and I didn’t embarrass you to much in Science today! Love ya <3

  • October 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Hey Maddie!
    I don’t know you, and I have never actually met your Mother in person, but I do know that you are an amazing young woman! Happy 12th Birthday! I remember being 12, and I miss those days…:)
    I can’t wait to hear more updates from your Mom’s blog and hear about the incredible things God is doing through your life! Hope you have fun today, and maybe some day we will meet in ministry!

  • October 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Maddie! I hope you had a fun day with the family 🙂 I love the purple boots you got, totally cute!!

  • October 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Happy Birthday to the most fashionable 12 year old I know (and I know a LOT of 12 year olds!). Fashion, beauty and style come from the inside out – and I think you’ve got that figured out perfectly!

    Kathy (and Anya!)

  • October 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Happy Bday magnificent Maddie…we love you!!

    Lauren, Josh, Aunt Lisa, Uncle Jim and Murphy too


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