It doesn’t seem that long ago, not five years! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I went into labor on May 17, 2005, after having my morning devotions. It was my third pregnancy, but the first that I didn’t have to have induced. I called my husband at work and he came home quickly. I did some touch ups on the house, while in labor, preparing for my Mother’s visit in just a few days. We got a friend to watch our other two children and off we went to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Leslie arrived less than two hours after I arrived. I had no epidural – in fact, no pain medicine at all! My doctor was wonderful, as were the nurses. To date, it’s been my best birth experience ever, but Laci’s would be a close second.

I’m so thankful for our Leslie Anne. She entered the world red-faced and screaming with passion. Thankfully, she no longer screams, but she still has passion. She cares about others and is aware of those around her. She works diligently on her school work and chores. She loves caring for her little sister. She once got on all fours to let her sister use her back as a step to get up on my bed. That’s Leslie – always willing to help others no matter how inconvenient. She is strong willed, and sometimes hard to instruct, but I like strong willed people. 😉  I’ve enjoyed being a part of Leslie’s life for these five years. I’m feel so blessed to be her mother! I love you, Leslie Anne!

Here are some photos of her day.

She asked to eat at China Panda for her birthday meal. The owner gave her this light up toy and played “Happy Birthday” in Chinese over the speaker system!

This headband was also a gift from the restaurant.
At home, we celebrated by opening her gifts then eating cake. I found her some clothing for her Barbie Doll online. These dresses were much more modest than what I found in Wal-M*rt.
Terry bought her this license plate for her bike and a princess phone. 🙂

Aunt Melanie lovingly cross-stitched this pillow case for her! It has Cinderella on it! 
And, her favorite gift, her Barbie bike helmet! She pointed it out to us in the store recently. It also came with a bike bell.

Her Barbie cake, which she also picked out: white cake with butter cream frosting.

The whole gang!

She got them all blown out! 

She couldn’t wait to have the toys from the top of the cake. Here she is playing with them while she ate. 
She also received sweet cards and some cash from great aunts, grandparents and friends. We are so blessed to have been granted five years with our little Leslie. She is a gift from the Lord, as are all of our children, and we know it is He that keeps her safe and healthy. We enjoy each day he gives us with our most precious treasures.

3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Leslie!

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    I love the pictures. Beautiful girl with a beautiful smile! Leslie's cake is very bright and pretty. Thanks for posting this report. She's a wonderful little girl.


  2. The Tylers says:

    Happy Birthday to Leslie! Looks like she had a great day!


  3. Kristy... says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl.

    Hey would you be able to post pics of your chore pack things you were talking about? You DEFIANTLY have my interests PEAKED!


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