If you read this blog you are aware that Chelsy has been doing a birthday post for everyone in this family so as her mother, I am going to write a special post for Chelsy's 17th birthday. Yes, she is already 17! How fast the years go by............It seems like only yesterday that her father and I rejoiced to see that positive pregnancy test. And then we embarked on that glorious, challenging, exciting, fearful, and fun journey called parenting. Isn't it amazing how one tiny baby can change life so much? Chelsy entered the world 4 days late according to my Dr. but right on time in God's book. As a baby she easily adapted to life and seemed to put herself on a schedule. She still loves routine and schedule to this day!! She smiled a lot, talked even more, (are you surprised?) and loved anything active.
She showed musical abilities at a very young age, singing and playing make believe instruments with her siblings. She showed some firstborn qualities by organizing fun activities for the younger children. At 8 years of age she began taking piano lessons and practiced diligently. Over the years she has won 1st place in the state IMTA (piano competition) 3 times. We really appreciate her ability to quickly effortlessly learn new sings for our family band. Our family devotional times are also enhanced with her beautiful improvising of hymns.
I think it was 3 years ago that we gave Chelsy her 1st camera, a simple point and shoot digital camera. My, how times have changed! She saved her money from teaching piano lessons to buy a professional Canon SLR camera last fall. It is her talent that you see on this blog! Besides having a great camera, Chelsy has the ability to capture the heart of the picture.
Lest you think she spends her days playing piano and taking pictures, I will tell you that she is the laundry queen! She effortlessly washes and folds many loads of laundry, usually an average of 15-20 large loads per week.
One last tidbit about Chelsy is that she loves anything Italian and chocolate. So for her birthday meal we are having lasagne, salad, chocolate cake, and mint chocolat ice-cream.
More than anything, Chelsy's desire is to serve the Lord and to bring glory to His name.
Chelsy, we love having you in this family. Our lives are enriched with your musical talents, your gift of organization, your perceptive nature, your love for the Lord and His ways, and your energy.