Today, our sweet Lauren Kassidy turns 17. Lauren is our firstborn and has carried the burdens of that place in the family very well. She has set a good example for her siblings by being hard working, honest, and trustworthy. She has faced many challenges in her few years: six moves for one thing, and the intense pressure of being a “PK”. She has been with me the longest and through some of my darkest valleys. She has endured a lot of pain herself, but still keeps smiling and making others smile, too. She is a testimony of the grace of God, how He can heal our hearts and carry our burdens, and turn our mourning into dancing. When I want to quit, I need only glance down the hall at my Lauren to get encouragement.

I have many wonderful stories about Lauren, but I think my favorite is the time Terry was going out soul-winning at our first church in Texas. When she heard she could go with her dad, our seven year-old Lauren eagerly ran for her Bible and notebook, and clipped a pen to her shirt, for writing down prospects’ information. Her enthusiasm was contagious. (Of course, I had to take a photo.)


Whether she’s seven, seventeen, or anything in between, she has always been sweet.

Lauren has a vivid vocabulary and a sharp wit. She is a thinker, and it’s hard for her to hide her frustration when she sees injustice occur. She is passionate about her interests, and therefore, she does nothing by halves.

When I held her in my arms seventeen years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. My prayer was simple: Lord, help! And He did exceeding, abundantly, more than I could ask or think.

I love you, Lauren, and I’m so thankful to call you mine.

Happy birthday!




4 thoughts on “Seventeen and Sweet as Ever

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    That is also one of my favorite stories and photos of Lauren. It is a convicting photo! I want to have that enthusiasm and desire to tell others the good news of the gospel.
    I love you, Lauren.


  2. Paula says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet firstborn! 🙂


  3. elnasmith says:

    Haven’t read your blog posts the post couple of weeks. Hope Lauren had a nice birthday! That’s a great picture of her and her Daddy. . . it’s always a blessing to look back and think of the Lord’s blessings. Before you know it, she’ll be dating. 😉 Have a blessed week!


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