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teenager #2

by Shawni

I’m pushing Friday Q & A to tomorrow because today my little girl turns into a teenager.

Yeah, this one.

Dave and I were sitting looking at these pictures wondering how in the world it came to be that we have a daughter this old and mature and kind and good.

We love her.

(…and her braces and those multiple elastics holding her jaw together.)

Sorry but we had fun taking pictures…

Gotta capture her in that bedroom of hers we’ve been working on re-doing little by little for what seems like forever-and-a-day.

13 things I love about Elle:

1) She is kind. She can always see those in need of a little extra love and she gives it.

2) She does the dishes. And when she does, she remembers to scrub out the sink and wipe down the counter too. This is indicative of other things she does…she does them (most of the time without being asked) and does them well.

3) I am living out my dream through her playing tennis. It’s fun to watch her.

4) She has a great sense of humor. She can whip the sarcasm right back at Dave in rapid-fire.

5) She is competitive as can be. This makes her competitive Dad very happy since the rest of us are pretty lacking in the competitive category. That’s a lot of use of the word “competitive.”

6) She is quite athletic. She will work hard and get good at any sport she really sets her mind on.

7) Her little sisters adore her. I don’t know that they could have a better example in a big sister.

8) Her big brother adores her. I quite honestly don’t know if there are many people he’d rather hang out with.

9) Her writing is beautiful. She is so descriptive and thoughtful in the stories she writes.

10) She gets straight A’s. And she works hard to get them.

11) She shares my passion for photography. I love taking pictures together.

12) We get to be in Young Women together at church. She’s like my little counselor helping me send texts and even helping me remember who needs help or what needs to be done. I love it.

13) She knows who she is: a daughter of God. And that fact shines from the inside out.

Love you so much Elle Belle.

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Katie August 12, 2011 - 1:31 pm

So adorable, I love your list 🙂 A very happy birthday to Elle!

pakosta August 12, 2011 - 1:38 pm

happy birthday Elle!
Elle, you are really one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen! And it's great to know, that it's on the inside as well….


Amanda August 12, 2011 - 2:16 pm

such a beautiful girl! i love her hair color so much. happy birthday elle!!

Anonymous August 12, 2011 - 2:20 pm

You have a beautiful family. It sure seems like Elle is growing into a beautiful woman of God. Happy birthday Elle!

Sassy Sites! August 12, 2011 - 2:24 pm

She is adorable! Happy Birthday Elle!! XOXO!!!

Heather (Paralyzed with JOY!) August 12, 2011 - 2:30 pm

She is stunning! (On the outside AND on the inside from everything you've ever written about her on your blog.) Where was she when I was 13?! There weren't really any girls my age when I was in YW, so I could've used a friend like her!

Your paralyzed friend,

Holly August 12, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Happy Birthday Elle!!! What a beautiful young woman…inside and out!!! And what a blessing to have you as a mom!!! Wonderful list and a treasure for Elle!!

Megan August 12, 2011 - 3:02 pm

Wishing you a very happy 13th birthday Elle!

Heather August 12, 2011 - 3:09 pm

She is such a beautiful girl. Even though I don't know her or your family, I can surely tell what a sweet spirit she has!

Sonya August 12, 2011 - 3:20 pm

what a beautiful girl with what youve described as a great heart and spirit. enjoy celebrating the day she became yours 🙂

Anonymous August 12, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Goodness Gracious!! She is so dang PRETTY! I can so tell she has SO much going for her 🙂
(and that you and dad will have to watch out for the boys;)) I love your list. Such a beautiful daughter of God.


Anonymous August 12, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Goodness Gracious!! She is so dang PRETTY! I can so tell she has SO much going for her 🙂
(and that you and dad will have to watch out for the boys;)) I love your list. Such a beautiful daughter of God.


Melanie August 12, 2011 - 5:50 pm

Happy Birthday Elle! She's such a beautiful girl, inside and out! I miss seeing her each week.

Love is all you need August 12, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Wow, she is soon to become a heartbreaker if she is not already!

dresselfamily.blogspot.com August 12, 2011 - 7:26 pm

I too have never met your family, but i feel like i 'know' you all through here, so happy birthday Elle!!!!

I have some questions for a Q & A that i've been thinking of lately,

1) Since the economy hit hard in Az, has that affect your family and area?

2) do you have a budget that you stick to?

3) as a married couple do you stick to your parents 10%, 20% 70% rule?

4) can u tell us your opinions on missions, school, weddings etc.. as in 'who pays for what'!!

Dani Spitzer August 12, 2011 - 8:35 pm

She's so beautiful!!! Happy bday!

Jessica :) August 12, 2011 - 8:52 pm

She is a beautiful girl! Happy birthday to Elle!
I'm sure that baby to teen change happens to rapidly that it hits just about every parent when they actually realize it. I'm already surprised at how quickly time goes by – and my baby is still only a year!
I have to say, it made me happy to see some of Elle's room. Those are almost the exact colors I've recently decided to do up my living room in! Good taste. 🙂

Sophie August 12, 2011 - 10:17 pm

Such gorgeous pictures! She really is growing up.

Happy birthday Elle! (:

dawn August 13, 2011 - 12:26 am

Happy Birthday to your first daughter she is gorgeous. Love love the list and her room is sooo pretty. My last daughter turned 13 almost a month ago, it goes by fast. So awesome to have all these good qualities in a young girl. Enjoy your day with her.

Cheryl August 13, 2011 - 1:41 am

She is gorgeous and that inner beauty just shines right through those eyes and smile!

The Warner Family August 13, 2011 - 1:51 am

could you give me details of sources for Elle's bedding. I love the color combinations!

Kylie August 13, 2011 - 2:37 am

Hi Shawni
I am a mum of 3 from Australia and really enjoy reading your blog which I found through clover lane. So many of the topics you discuss on your blog are so relavant to the issues I have in raising my children which are aged 11, 8 and 4. Thanks for always being so honest and entertaining to read.

Nancy August 13, 2011 - 2:57 am

She's beautiful! I've been stalking your blog for awhile now and I actually have a quick photography question that I hope you might be able to answer in one of your upcoming Friday Q and A's. Have you ever noticed that humidity affects your photos? Almost all my photos from Cancun were blurry with this kind of haziness. Then just recently (using a different camera)some of my pictures from the beach in California had the same kind of look. I just have a "point and shoot" but it generally takes really crisp pictures.

Connie August 13, 2011 - 1:47 pm

love Elle's bedding!! Will you source her bedding for us?

michael. mindy. dane. August 13, 2011 - 6:26 pm

i just found your blog after watching the "i'm a mormon" video on youtube. your family is beautiful! and i am already a fan of your blog 🙂

Johanna V. August 13, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Sweet post. I love the color combinations in her room. I don't comment often—my new goal is to actually comment instead of just thinking the thoughts to myself—so I'll take this opportunity to generally say I love your blog, and thank you for being willing to share a little of your life with us.

Sarah August 14, 2011 - 2:41 am

Oh my gosh is she gorgeous! And happy!
Happy Birthday Elle!

Love Being A Nonny August 14, 2011 - 12:51 pm

My word…she is gorgeous! The DREAM daughter. You are blessed. Elle is blessed. Happy Happy Teen years to both of you!

richard August 15, 2011 - 12:55 am

I loved reading all these comments and realizing that they don't even know one tenth how cool L is!

Eyrealm August 15, 2011 - 1:11 am

Hey could there be a more beautiful 13 year old! She's headed for her new life as a teenager and I'm thinking it's going to be a great one!

Ashby August 16, 2011 - 4:16 am

Not to mention an amazing babysitter, too! We love that girl! Happy Birthday Elle!


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