It’s All In A Name: Part One


A woman of noble character
Who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
(Proverbs 31:10)

Audrey. Noble strength. A name chosen because it means the same as her daddy’s.

Although she is the spitting image of me as a child, I would give anything for her to carry the noble strength that so fittingly describes Brian.

Audrey is three today.

Our beautiful Bella.
I am constantly amazed at how quickly she changes. One week ago, she was in diapers. Three days of potty-training and she’s an old pro. One week ago she talked about her “yipstick”. Now she pronounces a very definite “L”. When did she grow up? How is this possible?

I gaze at her every day and marvel, and I dream of our future together asking God for just one more day, every day.


Just one more day to feel her sweet pats on my back as we snuggle and rock.

Just one more day to listen to her sing all throughout the day.

Just one more day of dancing in the kitchen.

Just one more day of smiling when I see her face in the mornings.

Just one more day of marveling at the moon together.

Just one more day of swinging on the big swing and pretending we are on our way to school.

Just one more day of mis-matched outfits and unruly red hair.

Just one more day of fixing meals together and stopping her from eating the whole block of parmesan cheese.

Just one more day of blowing bubbles.

Just one more day of putting together puzzles, tearing them apart and then putting them back together.

Just one more day of story-telling and book-reading.

Just one more day of worshipping together.

Just one more day of awe at the deer and bunnies in our yard.

Just one more day of enormous love.

Just one more day of learning together to be women of noble strength.

Just one more day of believing in fairy tales.

Just one more day of life and joy and enjoying our one more day together.

Just one more day with my baby girl who is already worth far more than rubies.

Happy Birthday, my sweet one. My beautiful Bella of noble strength.

(Incidentally, the crocheted dress and shirt she is wearing in these pictures were made by her great-great-grandmother. I wore them as a child.)

12 responses to “It’s All In A Name: Part One”

  1. πŸ™‚ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bella. She is growing up so quickly! Did she like her new room? I miss you all so so much.


  2. Happy Birthday Audrey!!!! Give her birthday hugs from Miss Emily and Mr. Drew!!!!


  3. How adorable!!! Chin up. There will be many more days for you to enjoy your children. And Happy Birth-Day to you Angie. You guys enjoy your day!


  4. She’s beautiful. Like her mother! Happy, happy birthday.


  5. Happy Birthday to your little one! She is darling. I can totally relate to what you wrote…reminds me a lot of my littlest one. Especially the parmesan cheese thing. πŸ™‚


  6. She is lovely! Happy Birthday!


  7. Happy Birthday Audrey! Three! Wow! How did you grow up so fast! Lots of love from Uncle Mike, Aunt Sherry, and cousins Josh, Ben, and Dan!


  8. Dear Audrey,

    You are so beautiful inside and out. Hugs and kisses to you sweetie and a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!



  9. I love that she’s wearing the same outfit you once wore!

    And the look on her face in that last photo? Uh huh, she knows it, she’s adorable. πŸ™‚

    YES, worth so much more than rubies already…and on her way to being a woman of noble character, just like her mama.

    Happy Birthday! (late)


  10. Happy Birthday to your Bella – what a beautiful post!


  11. Grandma and Grandaddy Avatar
    Grandma and Grandaddy

    Happy Birthday Audrey,

    We are so thankful for the gift of you!! We love you so much!

    Grandma and Grandaddy


  12. Happy Birthday to the beautiful girl! I hope you all had a wonderful day, and also a fantastic Easter!
    Lots of love your way –


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