February 26th is a Big Important Day

My daughter Emmiko needs to stop baking cookies.  I don’t like the result of cookies.  Whenever Jess comes to town I gain 50 pounds. 

 

In other news… HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the greatest second oldest daughter in the whole entire earf.  My Ryann is fifteen years old today.  FIFTEEN! That is crazy.  It’s just not natural for her to be that old.  It makes me sad.  But I have to admit that I really really really really really really truly like her at this age.  She is so magnificent and marvelous and funny and generous and godly and smart and so wonderful.  I like her because she makes our family look good.  Why yes, it is all about me.  But seriously, she does make us look good because she is so exceptionally perfect that people think I must be a spectacular parent.  I dig that.

 

I also have to say that she is decidedly better looking now than when I first met her.  Whoever said “all babies are cute” never saw my daughter, Ryann, as a newborn.  Boy Howdy was she one jacked up looking tyke.  Her limbs were two sizes too long, her toes were about as long as her fingers.  Her nose took up half her head (and her head, by the way, was covered with bright carrot-colored hair).  Wow — she was certainly something to behold.  She was sort of a mix between a rat, an orangutan and an orange alien.  Ask Geoff the Great, or Coie.  I’m not making it up. 

 

But now… now I wish that some of that ugly would have stuck.  I don’t like taking her out in public because she gets gawked and stared at.  She is phenomenally pretty (fashion model pretty).  And I don’t mean that as a compliment.  Pretty people are seriously at a disadvantage; but so far she has beat the odds and it has not affected her genuinely beautiful godly character and compassionate/generous personality.

 

So Happy Birthday to my favorite second oldest daughter!  Please always stay as excellent as you are now.  But stop scaring me all the time.  And stop stealing my Q-tips.  And stop jumping on my bed; you’re gonna end up breaking it.  And stop always asking to use my special coffee creamer that was bought especially for me.  And stop chasing James around the fireplace all the time.  And stop always grossing me out with your gross green retainer. But other than that.  Stay exactly the same.

 

Thirdly, Happy Birthday to my birthson, Aaron.  He and Ryann share a birthday on Feb 26th; he is turning 17.  He is also exceptionally fabulous looking.  And he is also a total joy.  I sure hope we’ll get to see him again this year. 

 

Fourthly, Happy Birthday to beautiful Maria.  I love love love love love this lady and I am so honored and lucky that she lets me be her friend.  I get to see her again in a week and I can’t wait.  She is the bestesterest.

 

Lastly, Emmiko gets her tonsils out on March 12th.  That will be fun, because honestly… surgery and hospital stays never get old <gritting teeth>.

18 thoughts on “February 26th is a Big Important Day

  1. I love this post. I love that kid o’ yours. Is she really 15 or are you pulling my leg?

    And yes, all your girls are knock-outs. They need those really big, goofy looking glasses with attached mustaches to wear around town.

    ~Annemarie

  2. Happy Birthday to sweet Ryann..she always amazes me. She is a very special young lady and you are so blessed to be her mommy.

    and for my birthday wishes. 🙂 Your too sweet!

    Love you!

  3. Awww… I wish we coulda stayed a few days longer to have been there on Ry’s birthday. She IS a spectacular, wonderful, fabulous girl. I’m so lucky i’m related. I hope she’s feeling better today. Your post was completely and totally accurate. She WAS a funny looking baby, but WOW has she become a beautiful young woman. 🙂

  4. Oh! Mrs. Williams! I’ll take a pair of big, goofy glasses! I LOVE big goofy glasses.

    Thanks Momma…D**E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No fun in life if I can’t scare you (i.e. help you lose weight), jump on your bed, eat your q-tips, chase James, flip my retainer, and have 2 tablespoons per day. What do you mean by changing THAT? And besides, your bed is indebreakable.
    And I’m sure Jess secretly bought the creamer for ME, but SAID it was for you. Yup.

    Can I have my tablespoons of the day?

    I thought you might have gotten me and Emmi mixed up because you put “Feb 26 is an important day” and then the first thing you talk about is Emmi.

    Gee, eh, I love dew.

  5. Woo hooo!! Happy Birthday Ryann!:) What a delightful young lady she is!! And boy, did you describe her well!:) I CANNOT believe that she is actually 15 UGH!!!!! And she sure is a knock-out both on the inside and out… just like her sissies and their mommy:)

    Happy Birthday to Aaron, also:) You are truly blessed!

    Poor Emmi:( Joshua had that done a few years back!! We will be praying!

  6. Hi Jenni,
    Yah, you have the wonderfest daughter in Ryann. She goes out of her way to reach out to just about everybody. I must confess she’s the reason I took a keen interest in your family.

    As Emmiko goes in for surgery, take heart in knowing that she is in the hands of one who’s not unaware of even the most minute details of our lives–yah not even a strand of hair falls off without His knowledge. We know Him and He loves to hear us pray. Will be praying.

  7. Happy Birthday to your favorites! My favorite youngest son is sharing a birthday with your favorite oldest birthson and second oldest daughter and special friend. What a happy day!
    I hope you can see your birthson again this year too.

    I know what you’re saying about the ugly babies thing… sometimes it takes a while for the uglies to morph into pretties.

    Susan

  8. I was a very ugly baby. I was bald until I was two. I finally did get hair thank goodness but I’m not sure if I ever really changed. I’m still kind of weird and gangly at 28. I think it’s a good thing to grow out of.

    Happy Birthday to Ryann and Aaron and Maria.

    Have fun at the hospital. BLEH.

  9. This is such a funny write-up. Hannah so misses Ryann. I do hope that we get to see you again before James gets his license. /snark off.

    Let me know when you get the book.
    Love you!
    Me

  10. would you please blog again? I’m bored and need something interesting to read…. and I’ve already read this post 214 times.

  11. Happy birthday to Ryann! My kids won’t stop growing up either. Gabriel will be 18 this month and Hannah will be 17 in the fall.

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMMIKO!

    And to you too Aaron and Maria!!!

    Oh Jen, just be thankful that she isn’t stealing your Q-tips and then putting them back where she found them. Because that would be even grosser than a green retainer.

  13. Hear, hear, Jess! Jen, what in the world has been keeping you from your bloggy duties? Too many “other” obligations, perchance?

  14. Happy belated b-day to Emmiko!!! And many, MANY more! Yesterday was Jenna’s 18th – sheesh. Any guesses as to how OLD I’ll be on the 18th? WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME?!?!

    Hey! I’m hoping to see you in Cinci!

    Fledder from Ohio…

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