Friday, November 17, 2006

Happy Birthday, Miriam Dear!

Happy Birthday, Miriam Rebekah Hart! I hope that this celebration of your 16th birthday is the your most special birthday ever!

It doesn't seem like that long ago, when we were little. We used to play dolls together, and of course play dress up! =) Or, we'd tramp through the woods with our big brothers, carving out trails and having adventures. Somehow we'd always end up the creek, managing to get thoroughly soaked! Yes, the years have passed quickly, but the times together have just become even better.

I know that it's your wish to be truly Sweet Sixteen. I have no doubt that you'll make one of the sweetest 16 year olds around! You inspire me so much, Miriam dear. Your musical ability leaves me in awe, hoping to play the flute almost as good as you, or sing half as sweetly! Your talent on the piano astounds me and leaves me in raptures! I still have the picture of you in my mind of when I got to choir early last week. You were sitting at the piano playing a beautiful song, dressed in your gorgeous light blue dress your your lovely long hair streaming down your back. For a moment, you didn't know that I was there; then you turned, and stopped your song to greet me with a hug and a smile. You're a beautiful maiden of God, Miriam; don't ever forget that!

Your talents certainly don't stop in the musical department, however! God has gifted you in far more areas than just that. You are a beautiful seamstress, making lovely garments for you and your sister. You are a delightful cook, and I have had the privilege of enjoying many of your delectable dishes! You are quite skilled with your hands, making so many neat things with your crochet hook. You are an avid reader with a great taste in books, and are turning out to be a wonderful writer. Oh - and I musn't forget dance! It is such a joy to have you in my ballet class. Thanks for not being afraid to take lessons from a novice such as myself! God has blessed you in so many ways, and it's such a joy to see you using your talents for Him!

You've blessed me so much, by being my bosom friend and soul mate. I can't begin to recoun thte joys we've shared together. The adventures we've had, the trials we've endured, and the memories we've made are all so special to me. This friendship has been such a wonderful way to "sharpen" each other. (Proverbs 17:17) It's been such a blessing to have you there, to listen to my frustrations, then cheer me up with your kind words. Just having another girl to go throw the stages of life with me has made it so much easier. And, while growing together, I've also been challenged to grow closer to God. Thank you for all you've done - all that I've mentioned, and all the little things, that don't always get noticed, but make life so much more meaningful. Thank you for all the smile, laughter, and yes even giggles that we've shared. :-) Thanks for putting up with all my quirks and idiosyncrasies! God blessed me abundantly when He gave you to me to be a friend. I hope you've been blessed at least half as much as I by our friendship!

Thank you for being willing to stand against the flow. Thank you for striving to be a young lady of God and maiden of worth, even when the culture goes so forcefully in the opposite direction. Thank you for not being afraid to be fearlessly feminine and "old-fashioned." I could go on and on... Above all, thank you for being you!

Thank you for doing this blog with me. It's so much fun to have a friend to work with. Your "short and sweet" posts really do add a lovely dimension to this blog. Two certainly is better than one!

I'm eagerly anticipating the day ahead, as I spend it with you. I hope you enjoy all of the day's surprises! Happy Sweet Sixteenth!

"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." ~Proverbs 31:29-31

I love you forever, my faithful friend!

Yours truly,
Anna Naomi Lofgren


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Miriam! What a sweet post!

It's funny, I'm always a little surprised everytime you have a reference to your ages because I just automatically think of you both as being about my age - 18 or so.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Miriam Hart!

I am so glad Anna has you, I never had close friends when I was a teenager.

Thanks for making her so happy.

Maria (Anna's eldest sister)

Maria Pauline said...

Happy Birthday Miriam!! Enjoy God's blessings daily!

Ella said...

Oh, Miriam, how wonderful it must be to have a friend like that!! I am sure, like Anna, that you will be a sweet sixteen. Happy Birthday. And Anna, what a beautiful post!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Happy Birthday Miriam!!

Quote from Anna:
"Your musical ability leaves me in awe, hoping to play the flute almost as good as you, or sing half as sweetly! Your talent on the piano astounds me and leaves me in raptures!"

Indeed. Miriam, congratulations on working so hard and becoming such a skilled musical artist.

May you be blessed in whatever God calls you to do in the coming years.

Miriam Rebekah said...

Thanks everyone. I had a wonderful birthday.
Though I don't feel 16 years old at all.
Thank you, Anna, for a lovely birthday post. It was like a present itself.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Miriam!

I hope you have a sweet sixteenth year.

Anna, I am also sixteen, and I had many of the same thoughts you had on a sweet sixteenth birthday. I wish I always lived up to my resolutions better.

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I am glad you had a wonderful day!

Miriam Rebekah said...

On the last picture, I meant.

Miriam Rebekah said...

Okay, my last comment was supposed to be put on the most recent post. I don't know how I got messed up.

Anna Naomi said...

Hannah, it's funny, because I feel the same way sometimes reading other's blogs. I don't really think about the difference in our age, for in the blogosphere, everyone seems pretty much the same! =) And, sometimes I feel older than I am...

Susan said...

Happy Birthday, Miriam! I've been gone over the weekend - hence the belatedness of the comment :). And, um, Hannah is 20, though her comment makes her sound like she's 18. *scratches head* Hehe.

lioness_for_Him said...

Oh, dear, happy birthday! Belated, yes, but all the same. :) May you have an excellent sixteenth year on this earth.

If I don't personally have such a close friend (aside from my Blessed Lord), it still makes me happy to see others who do! It gives me a pleasant thrill.

Again, happy birthday, Miriam!

Christina. B said...

Happy birthday!