From the moment you arrived 17 years ago, 
I have been awe-struck at God's merciful plan of restoration in my life. 

As I have watched you grow from hour to hour, day to day, year to year, 
I've witnessed God's endless love and light through you! 

You see me, too. 
See right through me, when I am sad or mad or discouraged, 
and you come alongside me like an adorable wildflower and cheer my spirit.

You challenge my character and help me dream things that no one else does.
Your smile inspires me; your tears, they change me; your dance, enthralls me!

Life, to you, is always a pleasant surprise!

May your life be Christ's gospel. I pray that you live with the sure promise of salvation 
because of His love for you.

I desire that you cherish your place as a daughter of the King. 
And call him your light, your life, your everything! 
Be different, set apart. Holy.

Happy Birthday, our beautiful young woman!


I am partaking in God's grace over at Richella's place today:
Stop by and say hello! You will love her and the other gals that are sharing!



  1. aww:) this brought tears to my eyes- happy tears for both of you..

    Happy Birthday Pretty Girl. May every moment of this life bring you joy, peace an love..


  2. Hi Sonny!

    Thank you...she always brings tears of joy to my eyes! :)

    I will share your note with my girl!
    Have a sweet day!

    Love, me

  3. Brought tears to my eyes too! What a wonderful tribute to your little girl! Doesn't it go by way too fast? My little girl will be 24 this year. I blinked and she grew up.
    Happy Birthday!

  4. Tears of joy! That's what sprang to my eyes as I read this post. I know how you feel--for once I can say that with confidence. I do know how you feel, at least in some ways. Proud and humbled and the same time. Full of gratitude, full of wonder, full of praise, full of hope. So full that you can't help but let tears escape. Dear God, thank you for our precious children! And thank you for the ability to know that they are gifts from You!

    You never fail to move me, dear Leslie. Happy birthday to your beautiful young woman!

  5. Well, Happy Birthday to "Baby Girl Hoyt"! : ) She is a beautiful young woman. Where do the years go, Leslie?

  6. Hi, I'm here from Richella's blog. This is such a beautiful post & sweet love letter to your daughter. :-) I have yet to have any kiddies of my own but what a joy it will be to feel that imense love the father has for us in one little person. Thanks so much for stopping by today! It was nice to meet you. :-)

  7. All y'all's comments are such a blessing. I will share your wishes with Miss A.

  8. What a beautiful young lady she is! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  9. Happy Birthday!!! Where does the time go? It's hard to believe they grow so quickly!

  10. So sweet! Happy Birthday to your sweet and lovely daughter! They certainly grow so quickly!

    ~ Tracy

  11. Awwwww, what a lovely tribute to your girl, Leslie. May she have a blessed day. Susan

  12. Happy Birthday for your Daughter :)
    Very nice, warm post... I like it much...

    Greetings from Poland :)


  13. Awwww, Happy Birthday to your beautiful baby girl, she is precious!

    I love this post, isn't it amazing to watch your gals grow into beautiful women of God? What a blessing!

    Love and hugs to you two!!!

  14. Very pretty. Love that last picture. Looks like her dad. Next year she celebrates her golden birthday. Eighteen on the 18th.
    Have a wonderful year and many more to come filled with God's precious blessings, Miss. A.


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