Saturday, May 30, 2009

8 is Great!

Eight years ago right now I was in the hospital in MAJOR pain. I was about 5 hours away from giving birth to a beautiful gift from heaven that would bring me more joy than I could ever have imagined at that time. After a long difficult and traumatic labor, Sabrina Lucile Waite entered the world and immediately stole my heart.
Today we had a small birthday party for her with a few friends at Peter Piper Pizza. It was a very easy way to do a birthday party. That was exactly my objective with a newborn in tow. And Sabrina loved the party. She and her friends all had a great time playing the games and eating pizza, cake and ice cream.

Next week Sabrina will be baptized. In our church we wait till children reach the ripe old age of eight before we baptize them. This is the age the Lord has set out in revelation to modern day prophets to be the "age of accountability." Or in other words, the age where children know right and wrong and are accountable for their actions before the Lord.

My sister took these photos of Sabrina about a week ago. We used several on her invitations to her baptism. I love them and love having such a stunning visual record of my little girl at this beautiful time in her life.

Sabrina is a beautiful girl. I think this is pretty obvious to anyone who looks at her. But what pictures can't show is how incredibly beautiful she is inside. She has the most gentle loving spirit I have ever known. She is happy and helpful. She is very obedient even when she really doesn't want to be. She loves deeply and purely. She is completely without guile. The sight of her, the thought of her, being next to her, just makes me smile. It is that simple. She brings me joy. She is my gerber daisy -- bright, happy, colorful, cheerful, sunny, and simply beautiful.

May you always be as pure and clean, as happy and tender, as loving and kind as you are now my sweet Sabrina. You are heaven sent and heaven bound. I thank our Heavenly Father that He sent you first to blaze the strait and narrow trail for your sisters and be such a solace to me personally. I love you more everyday - which hardly seems possible -- but it is true. Happy Birthday Sabrina Lucile.

20 comments:

Marylin said...

What a great post!! Happy Birthday, time goes by so fast doesn't it!! You are such a great mom!! All my love

Heather & Greg said...

Happy Birthday Sabrina! What an exciting time in her life to be getting baptised, a day she will always remember. By the way Noble is so stinkin cute, but then again all your kids are! And you are an amazing mom.

Heather said...

I can't believe how much she has grown up! I still think of her as one of my little sunbeams. Happy Birthday Sabrina! I loved having you in my class because you are such a loving, sweet beautiful person inside and out. Hope your bapstism day is something you will always remember.

Emily said...

Not only is she a beautiful girl, but those pictures captured her beautiful purity and glowing spirit. I just wanted to tell you that looking at her, you can see that on the outside as well. :) Thank you for that reminder. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter.

Bacardi Mama said...

Such a beautiful post and beautiful young lady! Happy Birthday Sabrina.

Hoskins Family said...

Happy Birthday Sabrina!!

Rachel said...

She looks so beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Thanks mom!

Angie said...

She is beautiful.

kathryn_m said...

You once again have tears streaming down my face, Stephanie.

I just love the "Heaven sent & Heaven bound" comment. I also love the absense of guile.

Happy 8th Birthday, Sabrina -- This prayer is my gift to you:

May Heavenly Father continue to bless, guide & nurture you -- may His light always shine upon you and may your Earthy parents continue to set such a wonderful example for you to follow. AMENA grace-filled, obedient child is such a joy and blessing to her parents and also a testament of their eternal love for her.

love 'n hugs,
kathryn_m

kathyrn_m said...

whoops - for some reason, the last 2 paragraphs meshed into one.

Grandma B said...
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Grandma B said...

Happy 8th Birthday Sabrina! That is so special that you were baptised, that is an important step in your life. You are a beautiful young girl and such a joy to your parents.

Stephanie,
She is beautiful. But you are wrong when you said that the pictures didn't show how beautiful she is on the inside...her countenance and the light in her eyes show through to all how see her. You must be very proud.
You are an amazing women and a wonderful mother.
Love, Janet

Small House said...

My teenage daughter found your blog yesterday while preparing for a sacrament meeting talk. She wrote it down, and told me I'd love visiting you. WELL...I have enjoyed it. Infact I have visited here before, quite awhile ago.
But this time, I read back a bit, your story of your sweet precious baby. OH...my heart.

You do have a lovely family!
Sandra

shanan said...

Wow - it's amazing to think he time is already here and that you're getting baptized next week, Saby. Congratulations! I hope your special day is as beautiful as you are.

Much love,
Shani

The Ballstaedts said...

Those are such beautiful pictures of little Sabrina! I can't wait for her to be in activity days with us!

Lindsay said...

I cant believe how grown up Sabrina is!! In my mind shes still this little girl that Shanan just adored (and I'm sure still does) She has grown up to be such a beautiful little girl!!
Happy Birthday Sabrina and congratulations on your baptism!

Jan S said...

Your sister is so gifted as a photographer! And your daughter is so beautiful, as was the amazing post you wrote! What an incredible thing for your daughter to read and see as she grows older!

Samantha said...

That brought tears to my eyes. She really is beautiful, but what you already know about her is more beautiful and powerful. TFS.

Kate said...

Happy Birthday!!! What a special birthday and great pictures.